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The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists (The Sandman #4)

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Reprints issues 21-28 of the Vertigo DC Comics series; introduces Lucifer and The Endless
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 10th 1999 by Vertigo (first published 1990)
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The story goes to Hell, in more than one sense.

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt & P. Craig Russell

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


Yet another impressive introduction to the TPB by Harlan Ellison, denoting again that The Sandman is something else in the middle of the genre of comic books.

Sometimes we can choose
Jan 24, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
This is the point in the series where shit gets real.

For one thing, this is the first glimpse you have of how truly mythically all-encompasing this series is. You have Odin, the Lucifer, some Faeries, Demons, a Japanese storm god, Bast and Anubis, two angelic presences, and other assorted powers all hanging out, not just in the same story. But on the same page.

And it makes sense. You're left thinking, oh, yeah. Sure. Why wouldn't Thor be hitting on Bast?

Even more importantly, this is the poin
Dec 09, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing
Now the good stuff really gets started.

Introducing most of the Eternals, we discover intrigue with Destiny, some deep sadness in Delirium, friendship in Death, capriciousness in Desire, and maybe a bit of reasonableness in Despair. Dream is there, of course, and he's rightly annoyed with his siblings.

He is, after all, the one who had perpetrated a great crime. Who are they to taunt him?

Ah, Nada. Such a tragic figure.

And she's only a plot hook!

Oh Hell... I'm not going to spoil Hell, but Dream goe
This is my favorite entry in the Sandman series so far!

Here we learn a lot-for instance, all the supposed stand alone stories in Sandman 3: The Dream Country, were NOT all stand alones. Some of them do have connections that are referenced here.

The introduction by the irascible Harlan Ellison was fantastic. I know he's a curmudgeon, but I adore the man. His description of what happened when one of Gaiman's comic book stories won the World Fantasy Award was freaking hilarious.

I didn't enjoy the
Anthony Chavez
What happens when Lucifer decides to leave hell? Season of Mists, the fourth volume of The Sandman answers that question as Dream heads to Hell once again, this time to release a former lover who has been imprisoned and tortured for thousands of years. Upon arrival, he finds Hell deserted, and Lucifer ushering out the stragglers he has banished from the lands, he then hands dream the key to the kingdom.

This is the best of the first four volumes in the series, with "A Doll's House" a close secon
Mar 15, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
“So I'm back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love
To a room with some lace and paper flowers
Back to the gypsy that I was
To the gypsy... that I was
And it all comes down to you
Well, you know that it does
Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Ah, and it lights up the night” (Nicks: Welsh Witch Music)

When I think about Neil Gaiman’s work, it all comes back to American Gods. This is the book by him that to me is the most identifiable of his canon and the work upon so much
Jun 10, 2013 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013, comics
The speech of Lucifer Morningstar on giving up his responsibilities in Hell would be good enough to justify the five stars review, but there is a lot more to like in this new book of the Sandman comic. Like the old fashioned chapter headings, teasers of events to come and plot twists to discover:

issue 21 : In which a Family reunion occasions certain recriminations; assorted events are set in motion; and a relationship thought long done with proves to have much relevance today.

The prologue brin
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
I'm starting to think maybe these comics just aren't for me. This was hard to get through. I enjoyed the first scene where Dream and his siblings get together. Most of the story involved Dream going to Hell to retrieve a woman he had condemned there 10,000 years ago for rejecting him (what a dick). Lucifer doesn't even want to be King of Hell anymore and gives it to Dream. He doesn't want it either and ends up giving it back to two angels. So Hell will be Hell once again, but with angels oversee ...more
Nicolo Yu
Apr 09, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beware of gifts from the Devil, a lesson that Dream learned too late when he entered the realm of Hell, ready to do battle with Lucifer if necessary, only to have the Lord of Hell tell his gift he was closing shop. There was to be no battle unless Dream wanted it so and only a gift for his guest, the key of Hell. Now the reluctant owner of a prime piece of psychic real estate, Morpheus gets embroiled by a series of supplicants from various pantheons seeking the key and eager to offer gifts, thre ...more
After reading more of Neil Gaiman’s classic “Sandman” series, I never would have thought that the stories would get better and better and the fourth volume “Season of Mists” certainly did not disappoint me! Dream (Morpheus) definitely got his hands full in this volume that will reveal many shocking surprises for the fans of the fantastic “Sandman” series!

In this volume “Season of Mists,” when a family meeting between the Endless ends up revealing Dream’s past horrible deed of condemning the woma
Caro M.
It was so, SO good, it left me in weird state of mind - it's like you're high, but not really.

Remember the guy from vol. 3, the writer, who was punished by Morpheus by having too many ideas? I think it's Gaiman himself, having all those ideas, but not being unhappy because of that in the slightest.

He proves all the time that he actually can build the worlds and create all those characters with their own worlds, and although it's not in the story, you get a taste of that, that the box contains
Jun 14, 2014 El rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I had hoped after reading Volume Three, the fourth volume does get back into the meat of the story and we learn more about the Endless, which is what I've been waiting for all along. This quaint little family convinces Dream that this thing he did a bazillion years ago was totally uncool and he's sort of a douche for it, and he's all "Really? Huh, I gueeeessss..." and he goes off to make things all better again. But it's not just a matter of strolling into Hell and fixing shit, because, well, ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
An endless family meeting has been called. Soon after they all arrive, Desire taunts Morpheus about the way he treated a former lover, Nada and condemned her to hell. His sister Death agrees, and he decides there and then to visit hell to bring her back. On his arrival, Lucifer expels all demons from the domain and gives Morpheus the key.

As soon as it is know, other immortals journey to Morpheus at the dreaming to plead for control. They offer certain thing in exchange; Morpheus hears them all,
Jan 14, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favorite one so far. I was disappointed in vol 3 but things really felt like they came together in this one. The family meeting at the beginning was great and a great lead in to all that follows.
Dec 29, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You've heard the expression about the gates of Hell being opened, but what if the gates of Hell are locked? Lucifer evicts his tenants, abdicates and gives the key to Morpheus. The demons want back in; various mythological creatures want the property given to them; but where do the souls from Hell go in the meantime? The story of a boy left behind at his boarding school during the holidays was probably my favorite part of all this imagining.
Kee the Ekairidium
Since The Doll's House, I knew that Gaiman's The Sandman will soon have a special place in my heart. I was nineteen then, and this piece of literature was also a way for me to connect with my mentor (whom I was infatuated with as well). I was eager to get back to the major story arc with the Endless for Season of Mists, and I got exactly that; and a lot more than I anticipated.

In this volume, I've learned more about the Endless (Destiny, Despair and my eventual favorite Delirium make their appe
Airiz C
For me, Season of Mists (The Sandman volume 4, issues 21-28) is where Neil Gaiman really starts to unspool the threads of his own magic at length, weaving them to the first filaments of the series’ foundation that we found in Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House. Here we get more than just fragments of the enigmatic central character of the series, Morpheus; we get to see his depth and how he slowly gets to have more touches of humanity (maybe not the technically correct term but it’s the ...more
J.G. Keely
It is unfortunate that Gaiman seems to be unable to surrender his archetypal cast to either humanity or inhumanity, but lets them sit awkwardly in the middle. Though he often presents Dream and his siblings as falling to love or petty squabbling, their reactions to such are often not to work towards decision, but to subside. In those cases where they do act, it becomes merely a meaningless exercise to continue the story. When this is done for the purpose of framing other tales and interweaving i ...more
Jesse Field
May 31, 2010 Jesse Field rated it it was ok
"But even if Destiny could tell you, he will not. Destiny holds his secrets. The Garden of Destiny. You would know it if you saw it. After all, you wander it until you die. Or Beyond. For the paths are long, and even in death, there is no ending to them."


It's really too bad I didn't get a chance to read Sandman when I was about 14. Gaiman's clunky, endless scene-setting ("assorted events are set in motion; and a relationship thought long done with proves to have much relevance today") is mea
Feb 16, 2008 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite Sandman story arcs. Lucifer decides that he's sick of being the lord of Hell, so to relieve himself of his duties and cause Morpheus some trouble as well, he closes down Hell and gives Morpheus the key. Now Morpheus must contend with the hordes of supernatural delegations who have come to him to petition for this most valuable real estate. The Faeries want Hell permanently shut down, so that they will no longer have to pay their tithe to Hell. Odin and his compatriots ...more
Paul Nelson
Seasons of mist is definitely the best of the Sandman series so far, Destiny of the Endless is visited by the Fates and as a result calls a family meeting. Present are Destiny, Dream, Death, the twins Desire and Despair, and Delirium, only one of the Endless is missing which is an intriguing fact by itself.

Destiny tells them of his meeting with the Fates and sets of a significant chain of events, Desire argues with Dream about one of Dream's past romances, a young tribal woman named Nada who he
Printable Tire
Aug 14, 2011 Printable Tire rated it liked it
Hmm, not sure what I think of this one. It did nothing for me in particular. I grow tired of stories of Cabbages and Kings, and only really enjoyed the one human-centered story, that of dead school boy ghosts. But Big Stuff I can do without, especially when I don't believe in it. The Devil giving up his reign comes out of nowhere... at first I thought it a trick, and perhaps it will be revealed as one in a later issue, but here it seems simply abrupt. And after much discussion and some fun scene ...more
For the rereads I am doing, I've skipped Volume 3 because it is all standalone stories (well, they interconnect at points in the overall series, I am sure), and I just can't be bothered. So here we are, rereading an actual arc. There is that one standalone in the middle that isn't actually, but might as well be. It is certainly the weakest comic as I was more interested in what Dream was going to do by that point.

Dream ends up with the key to Hell and everyone shows up at Dream's house to convin
Jan 10, 2016 Marc-Antoine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite in the series so far.
Dec 26, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
In volume 4 we see the character Dream under pressure feel the need to go to Hell to retrieve a former lover he himself banished there.
But Lucifer has vowed to destroyed Dream and Lucifer is the Boss of Hell.
Dream finds his boldness and sets upon his quest anyway, once he gets there he finds Lucifer has now decided he doesn't fancy reigning Hell anymore and wants away with all responsibility and to retire from his position so he tries to give the key to Dream.
Dream doesn't want to reign but ma
Oct 18, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Though one thing I didn't enjoy so much was the depiction of Lucifer, which was more seductive and gorgeous in Volume 1. Why mess with perfection?

Also, does Morpheus seriously not understand how evil it was to send Nada to Hell until his sister tells him? Sometimes I do wish these characters were a bit tighter or more reasonable given their status as Endless, but I suppose their ongoing mutability gives them a more slippery and mysterious quality (and dreams are rather slippery and mys
I took a long break in the middle of this one, which hugely sapped my enthusiasm for the series. But I'm getting annoyed by the way Dream comes out on top of any encounter. It robs the story of any real suspense to have things wrapped up so tidily in his favor. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I find I enjoy The Sandman much more when we are simply following Morpheus's storyline rather than getting snippets of other minor characters.This was an interesting volume; in particular I loved learning more about the Sandman's family. I hope we get to learn much more about them.
Feb 09, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον και πλήρες τεύχος, όπου τα αδέρφια Endless συναντιώνται για πρώτη φορά. Στη συνέχιεα, ο Μορφέας κατεβαίνει στην κόλαση, όπου ο Διάβολος δηλώνει ότι βαρέθηκε να τη διοικεί και του αφήνει τα κλειδιά (άρα και την υποχρέωση να τη διοικήσει ή να την πουλήσει). Αυτό αποτελεί έμπνευση για τη σειρά που ξεκίνησε να προβάλλεται πριν λίγες μέρες με το όνομα Lucifer (υπομονή ώσπου να δούμε επιτέλους το American Gods). Από τις πιο συγκινητικές ιστορίες αυτή που με τα αγόρια - θύματα bul ...more
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