The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3 (The Sandman #6-8)

by
4.72 of 5 stars 4.72  ·  rating details  ·  3,571 ratings  ·  73 reviews
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's masterpiece THE SANDMAN set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative. Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the third of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety.

The...more
Slipcased Hardcover, 616 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Vertigo (first published 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Neverwhere by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods by Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanStardust by Neil GaimanCoraline by Neil Gaiman
Best of Neil Gaiman
28th out of 55 books — 304 voters
Watchmen by Alan MooreV for Vendetta by Alan MooreThe Complete Maus by Art SpiegelmanThe Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil GaimanPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Graphic Novels That Rocked My World
34th out of 298 books — 134 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jack
This sat on my shelves for about 6 months before I read it. I was saving it for when I could really enjoy it, and I'm glad I did. The "Brief Lives" storyline is significantly longer and more personal than some of the more adventure-centric fun of earlier stories. "Brief Lives" is bookended by one-shot views of how dreams effect history, mythology and the way our stories are told and remembered. There are stories-within-stories, and the context only gets thicker after that. Interestingly, the tit...more
Artemisa
I didn't really care for the first arc in this book. It was nice too see a bit more of the endless, but the quest is so so. I like the Orpheus bit, but in Desire is starting to give me the creeps...
Then came the tavern at the end of the worlds arc. This is another multiple PoV arc, most of the stories only connect marginally with the endless, but I need an annotated sandman to get all the references in the stories, because I spotted enough of them to know there are many more I didn't get.
This ar...more
Sesana
I picked this up and started reading it the moment I finished volume 2. I hardly remember what was what anymore, and since it's all really one big story it hardly matters. I have read Sandman through at least four times (I've read individual storylines or even individual issues even more than that) and I will read it at least that many times again. It seems like I give the whole thing a re-read every three years or so. What can I say, it's pure magic.
Sean
The best so far. That is to say, the ratio of amazing stories to merely good stories was the highest out of the three Absolute Sandman volumes that have been released. Can't wait for Volume 4!
Jeremy
The more Gaiman I read, the more I love Gaiman.
Jack Gattanella
This gets an overall five stars mostly due to the creeping brilliance that was Brief Lives and the Orpheus story and a few of the Worlds End stories, which are the best of the best this series had to offer. not to say the rest is at all inferior, still good, just not as great in my mind. Still, Gaiman is a born storyteller and this collection highlights not just his love for it but for its importance in the consciousness of the characters who inhabit his work.

Breaking it down just a bit:

the Stor...more
Nick
This version of Absolute Sandman collects a few issues from Fables and Reflections, Brief Lives, and World's End. I guess Neil Gaiman heard my complaint about the plot not thickening in Absolute Sandman Vol. 2. Brief Lives and the last few pages of World's End had my eyes glued to the page.

Brief Lives gave me some much wanted insight on Delirium, which I appreciated and enjoyed. It was interesting to watch her appearance change with her mood. Delirium and Dream finally seek out the seventh Endl...more
Myles
Oh don't worry, Sandman's still good. The series simply couldn't sustain the level that of the first 20 issues or the superb "Season of Mists" and "A Game of You" arcs found in Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2.

Collecting issues #40-56, plus the usual bonus features, the two arcs here are "Brief Lives" and "World's End", the first beginning with a separate story detailing Dream's son Orpheus' beginnings and continuing through a bizarre road trip Dream takes with Delirium, ostensibly in search of their mi...more
Synesthesia
Brief Lives has to be my favourite Sandman story. First of all, you have the interesting team of serious to the point of being funny Dream and random and crazy Delirium. So that is already magical enough. Lines from Delirium are enough to crack me up, but Dream's serious statements or reactions are just fantastic too.
Then you have them searching for the handsome Destruction. (let me say that Dream is hot, don't get me wrong. I like skinny goth guys, but he sent his lover to HELL. You do not want...more
Alazzar
After finishing volume 2 of The Absolute Sandman, I was ready to move onto something else. It’s not that Sandman was bad, it’s just that I hardly ever read a series all in one go, because I like having some variety. But I stuck the plan anyway and pushed right into Volume 3, and lemme tell ya, I’m glad I did.

Volume 3 is the best I’ve read of Sandman so far. My chief complaint in the previous volumes was that there’s just so little time devoted to Dream and the rest of the Endless (they often hav...more
Traummachine
3.5 stars:

Kind of like Volume 2, the tales in this were a bit of a mixed bag. There were a few stand-alone stories (and a couple of those were awesome!). There was a storyline about Dream and Delirium searching for their lost brother, Destruction. This was interesting, provided some good insight into the family dynamics of The Endless, and I enjoyed it. Lastly, there was a storyline about a "Reality Storm", and several travelers that this caused to become temporarily stranded together at a stran...more
Shannon Appelcline
I didn’t expect a lot from the little ten-page “Fear of Falling”, but I forget how good Gaiman is with shorts. This has great characters and a terrific punchline [9/10]. “The Parliament of Rooks” offers a nice look at the background of Eve, Cain, and Abel. When I first read it, it might have seemed more important than it does now [7/10]. “Orpheus” is a bit more straightforward than many of the other Sandman stories, probably because it was created as the foundation of the entire back-half of the...more
Nicole
This collection is stunning. The extended Brief Lives storyline introduces the notably absent seventh sibling, Destruction, and the road that leads to his reunion with Dream and Delirium is full of every juicy thing imaginable--violence, love, discovery, lust, adventure, dethroned gods, talking animals, and a touching loss that results in some gorgeously haunting panels. This whole storyline is intricately woven and kept me unwilling to come up for air between issues until I'd read it through.
Th...more
Dan
Apr 14, 2010 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comics
I enjoyed the first half of this collection, which finally introduced Destruction and explained where he's been. The road trip that Dream and Delirium took to find him was fun, as well as the story about Orpheus. I found also that I was not disappointed by the famous Ramadan story from Sandman #50, which was beautiful. Unfortunately, the second half, "World's End" really had a tendency to drag on. Perhaps it will make more sense once I finish the series (as I can see what it ultimately hinted at...more
Ryan
What? A comic book? Does that even count as a "real book?" I would submit, based upon reviews and awards given through two decades, that it does. Could be even more than a real book. Many superlatives are thrown the The Sandman's way, and I see why. I was very, very impressed with the story, the writing, the art, the complexity of the plot - but at its core, it's about stories. This is Gaiman's wheelhouse - he likes a good yarn.

The Sandman is one of the Endless - seven eternal anthropomorphized...more
Marie
This was pretty much perfect. Brief Lives is a prime example of excellent storytelling. I simply love the Endless, whether they are together or apart. Plus, there were the Little Endless and they were just adorable. Dream and Delirium were really cute together and I was amused by Destruction's lifestyle change due to his unbridled enthusiasm and also because of Barnabas' sarcastic remarks at Destruction's endeavors at artistic creation.

Distant Mirrors: Ramadan had beautiful artwork. If there is...more
Paul
Ah, Sandman, how do I love thee, let me count the ways...

1. I bought the original graphic novels as they came out, such brilliant artwork, The Dreaming such a nice setting for a set of stories.
2. I bought the hardcovers, what lovely books to add to my shelves, worthy of a display in my living room... but the nephews and nieces better not touch! ;-)
3. I bought the Absolute version... OK, now I'm just going overboard!

This is not the first book I've ever bought multiple versions of, I can think of...more
Boots
here's another one i have to give two stars to, but seriously: outside of the Orpheus story, this was mostly barf. the World's End arc was particularly bad and pointless, and big issue #50 felt dated (and despite what other people say, i thought the artwork was beh). this has been my least favorite volume and but for the Orpheus story, there's nothing here to recommend. very disappointing all around. thank my lucky stars i didn't pay $60-$100 for this ~ i would have been irked. i seriously hope...more
Peter Hutkins
Gaiman is all about storytelling of the fantastic worlds hovering just beyond our vision. Sometimes this works for me ("Neverwhere"), sometimes it doesn't ("American Gods"). The rules of these worlds are fluid, unpredictable, and ever-changing. The premise of the Sandman, the stories of the personification of Dreams and lord of the dream realm, unleashes Gaiman to write stories about the stories themselves. He is free to explore themes such as the formation of legends, of memories verses stories...more
Jaimie
In comparison to the previous two Absolute Sandman volumes, the focus of this one is the regular story tather than the miscellany at the finale. But, really, what do you expect when the graphic novels/comics contained here are the final ones of the series. The Sandman's story has finally come to a conclusion, and it's ne'er impossible to look away from the stunning crash.

The miscellany section included this time did have some high points, despite the focus on the comics; I rather enjoyed the sm...more
Richard Wright
Gaiman's epic continues, and for me it's in the 'Brief Lives' section of the cycle, in which Dream and his sister Delirium set out to find their long lost brother Destruction, that the author achieves his aim of creating a modern mythology as relevant to the time of writing as the old pantheons of gods where to the people of their day. That he does this while not only acknowledging those old gods, but inviting them into his story, is remarkable. Following the shattering events of this sequence,...more
Kirsten
AWESOME. The larger format and better paper quality takes an already fantastic series of comics and makes it even better. The colors practically glow on the page, and there are several two-page spreads that are nothing short of breathtaking. One of the real treats is the famous "Ramadan" story, featuring P. Craig Russel's amazing artwork. When I got this collection, I wasn't sure if it was "necessary" since the color and overall print quality of the original comics was already much better than t...more
Joseph
Again, there's little I can say about the greatness of Sandman. The contrast between the whimsy of Dream and Delirium's search for Destruction and its deadly consequences is great. I will confess that knowing the outcome of the entire Sandman story makes the stories told in the World's End feel a little bit like filler material, which is a shame, since, despite serving primarily as a setup to the story of Dream's death, those tales are some of the highlights of the series. "A Tale of Two Cities"...more
Cory Rayborn
i loved this series back when it was all fresh and brand new. i've been assembling these absolute collections over birthdays and stuff the past few years with the plans of cranking through them all upon the release of the fourth volume. i sat down the other day with volume 1 and i've been in love all over again, if not even moreso than when i was reading them all fresh. blowing through the entire series straight through allows for all of the threads to come totally clear and, really, quite brill...more
Andrew Wright
So I read Sandman in one marathon blur of graphic novelness. What I chiefly remember is that it was hard to get involved with at first, then it seemed amusing but disjointed and then I found that I was pleasantly surprised when it was all wrapped together into a cohesive(albeit sad) plot in the end.

The different artists are great. I think my favorite volume was The Kindly Ones. I don't know, I can only remember but so much. In general, comic books aren't great, but this one was pretty good, if...more
Sara
Jul 06, 2008 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dreaming, fans of the author, fans of graphic novels, people who like beautiful books
i don't know what i can't say about this that i haven't said about the first and second volume. it's still incredible. the stories, the characters, the art. . .

i still can't get over the weights of it. 7 lbs! i was showing off some of the art in this and i thought i was going to break my wrist holding it up for them to see. [to be fair, i have stupid, skinny wrists. *shrug*]

i'll be buying the next volume when it comes out and i know the only thing i'll be dissapointed in, is that it'll be over...more
Suzie
I really should be rating these by their original volumes instead of by these four monster compilations. Oh well . . .

LOVED "Brief Lives" and "World's End." I want to spend my days looking up all of the myths and fairy tales this series covers, but I suppose that would take a lifetime. It's refreshing to feel so inspired, though. P. Craig Russell's artwork for "Ramadan" is by far some of the best in the series so far. I'll be kind of sad to finish this collection. It's been a wonderful ride.
Amanda
It is past two A.M., well past the witching hour, and I've just finished The Absolute Sandman, vol. 3. By far, this one has won me, heart and soul...it is mesmerizing in its intimacy, its truths, and its journeys into fantasy and reality. I enjoyed getting to know Delirium and Destruction, seeing their sides, seeing their realms. There were pages in this volume that were simply beautiful to see -- star-studded black skies, swirls of color, making you feel very small indeed.

Loved this.
Sara Q
With this volume, the Sandman artwork has blossomed into something amazing. We're starting to see gorgeous two-page spreads and the page layouts blown open. The stories, too, are all over the place in wonderful ways. This volume made me think about actually owning the set rather than just checking them out from the library as I have been. The time spent with Delirium and Destruction gave such a different sense of the Endless family. I'm looking forward to getting the next volume.
António
The stories of Vertigo's Sandman were the first that grabbed me like if it was a deeply captivating novel. Expanding on DC's not-so-explored TheEndless suit of characters, this epic saga, penned by Neil Gaiman, made me just to want to keep on reading and reading a d reading and actually making me fear that, as I did that, that the end of it was drawing nearer.
Without a doubt, the literary work that made me pick up comica again... and nothing has come close to it since then.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Lucifer, Vol. 7: Exodus (Lucifer, #7)
  • Absolute Dark Knight
  • Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 2
  • Hellboy Library Edition, Volume 3: Conqueror Worm and Strange Places (Hellboy, #5-6)
  • Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Two
  • Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook
  • The Sandman Companion
  • Absolute Promethea 1
  • The Books of Magic: Bindings (The Books of Magic #1)
American Gods (American Gods, #1) Coraline The Graveyard Book Neverwhere Stardust

Share This Book