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The Sandman, Vol. 10: The Wake (The Sandman #10)

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When a Dream ends, there is only one thing left to do...


In which the repercussions of the Death of Lord Morpheus are felt, and, in an epilogue, William Shakespeare learns the price of getting what you want.

This is the tenth and final volume of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, described by author Mikal Gilmore in his introduction as "nothing less than a popular culture master
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 3rd 1999 by Vertigo / DC Comics (first published February 1996)
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A weak ending for such impressive series

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, & Joe J Muth

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


Nobody died. How can you kill an idea? How can you kill the personification of an action?

This final volume (from the regular series while there are still some other TPBs yet to read about) is dedicated by Gaiman to Dave McKean for his amazing work doing the covers of all single comic book issues o
Apr 20, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
It was a sad and deeply nostalgic first few volumes, even when there wasn't any actual recapitulations going on. It's the nature of a wake, or a waking from a dream. It was the letdown, the reminiscence, the transition that made these so powerful.

Death is not the end, and indeed, it is not the end at all, but the waking from the dream.

Pure poetry.

Of course the remaining volumes do much the same, especially the last with our very own Shakespeare, with Prospero breaking his staff. Ah yes, the stri
Dec 08, 2013 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
a word of warning : might be a major spoiler to read on if you don't know what went on in the previous volume ( The Kindly Ones ). (view spoiler)

The Wake is a farewell, a last gathering of all the oddball characters that accompanied us into the realm of the Lord of Dreaming, but also a celebration of the power of imagination. Sadness prevails, inevitably, at saying goodbye to the Endless family, to the denizen
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final volume in the Sandman series is a bit odd, and I'm wavering between giving it 3 and 4 stars. The first half of the book deals with the wake held for Morpheus, and is rather touching and satisfactory wrap-up to the series. The final half, however, seem anticlimatic and out of place. The issues about Hob and Shakespeare do have an "end" feeling to them and appropriately concludes their stories that were started in earlier volumes, but I'm not sure what the issue about the exiled advisor ...more
Airiz C
So this is where we wake up. After being lulled by the nocturnes, after trekking the steep places that only exists when we slumber, after journeying with the good and the bad and the in-betweens, after hurrying to and from the heart of the Dreaming, there will come a time when we need to open our eyes. Nightmares or good dreams—they have to end sometime..

Those were the words that came in my head some time ago, when I was about to read the last volume of this beloved series for the first time. I
Oct 19, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the end.Well volume 10 is more of an epilogue.
This was intriguing series, sure it had low points but when it was good it was among best graphic novels and among best Gaimans work overall.Only thing that was bad throughout the series where illustrations, there where several different illustrators but I don't think any of them did a good job.

Overall rating for the whole series:4.5 stars
Apr 01, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it's true the series could've ended with the preceding volume, I'm glad we're granted this final one with its gentle pace, its thoughtfulness, its forgiveness. (Near the end, I realized it's the only volume without even a bit of gore. Though the previous instances of explicit horror were never gratuitous, the lack is probably another positive for me.)

Because of the frisson I experienced at Shakespeare's talking of "backstage" while not realizing where Morpheus calls home and because of the
Caro M.
So it's over. I feel a bit sad that it is. And especially because The Tempest arc was so beautiful. Neil Gaiman knows how to break your heart. And melt it. And do many other things to it. Bloody bastard. Sigh. I need a rehab, I think.
Who would have ever thought that one volume from a fantastic graphic novel series would be one of the most memorable and tear jerking stories ever written? That is what the tenth volume in Neil Gaiman’s brilliant “Sandman” series “The Wake” is all about! Long time fans of the fantastic “Sandman” series will mourn along with the main characters over the death of Dream while experiencing the different emotions running through the characters along the way.

After Morpheus (Dream) ended up sacrificing
Nov 07, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
The tenth in the Sandman series is a conclusion of what went before. One of the Endless, Morpheus, has ceased to be, and there is to be a gathering of his family, dreamers and other mourners to commemorate his life. As preparations for the funeral begin, Daniel Hall, who has become the new Sandman, meets with Morpheus’s family. He has already started to look like the previous Dream.

The mourners are an eclectic bunch, mot only are there the family, but there are a smattering of superhero’s and ch
Dec 03, 2015 Zanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, graphic, bechdel-pass
I was one of those teens. But flicking through this I don't feel nostalgia, but, surprisingly a new respect and appreciation for the dark romantic aesthetic & philosophy I 'outgrew'. Suddenly I realise the smug contempt I have felt for my former self and the scene was completely misdirected and unfair. After years of being practically allergic to black velvet and lace, I think a little bit of reconciliation is overdue, so I'm glad I picked this up again.

The Sandman series does justice to the
Paul Nelson
Sep 07, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Starting the Sandman series is a pretty daunting task, 10 volumes and 75 issues is a hell of a lot of investment in both cost and time but I'm glad I did it. The only Neil Gaiman stuff I'd read before was American Gods but I will definitely add him to my favourite authors list on what I've read so far.
Covering the funeral and the Wake of Morpheus, or Dream of the Endless we watch as the Endless prepare and the people in the dreaming travel to the Wake, there's lots of people we've seen before an
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May 08, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm quite sad that it's over.I've been reading the books since September and I've never read such creative, interesting, philosophical graphic novels with such great characters. It was interesting to see all the stories come together in the end.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
¿Tramo final de una serie o de una sola historia en 75 episodios? Siguiendo a los hechos presentados en "Las Benévolas", asistimos al cierre del círculo en donde se visitan amigos, se saldan viejas cuentas y se da un último adiós que marca - a la vez - un nuevo inicio. Tal como reveló mediante uno de sus personajes, Gaiman quería un final elegante y lo consigue, rematando con dos hermosos epílogos que acusan su interés literario. Citando un amigo, al pasar la última página nace el deseo de empez ...more
One thing about this book: it's boring

Okay, I do understand that this is a funeral and that it isn't really fair to expect a lot of action or Gaiman's trademark humor in it. But when I pick up any book (especially one of Neil Gaiman's) I do expect to be at least mildly intrigued by the array of characters, plot, or dammit anything that makes a book a freakin' book. This, however was nothing but pages after pages of monologue that is not necessarily touching or informative and is quite honestly s
Brian Poole
Nov 12, 2015 Brian Poole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wake served as a coda that brought the principal Sandman series to a graceful stopping point. A vast gathering of mourners came to The Dreaming for Morpheus’s memorial. In the background, the new Dream prepared to take his place among The Endless. After the main event, a trilogy of special issues rounded out the series. First, The Sandman’s long-lived friend Hob and Death had an illuminating chat at a Ren Faire. Sliding back a couple hundred years, the new Dream encountered an exiled Chinese ...more
David Schaafsma
This is a terrific finish to an impressive epic series that has its place as among the great works without question on comics history, and is one of comics's contribution to literature and the literature of fantasy, story, and horror. So if what happens in The Kindly Ones is (spoiler alert) the death of Dream, and tying up loose ends, dramatic but… as far as what happens, not all that memorable given the huge number of pages allotted to the volume, well, this volume is also sort of predictable, ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Sunil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2006, 2012
Thoughts on a Re-read Six Years Later

After the epic events of The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones , The Wake serves as a denouement, a way to say goodbye to Dream and the Endless and so many other characters we've met over the course of the series. The wake itself is beautifully illustrated, and, although it is an ending, it also serves as a new beginning. Stories may have endings, but they never truly end. Issue #72 ends on the perfect note, a panel that gives the reader a sense of fulfillmen
M. Ashraf
Mar 09, 2016 M. Ashraf rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-sandman
This wraps up the series :'(
The ceremony was beautiful :'( we saw glimpses of it at the world ends
and here we see it in full. :'(
:'( :'( :'(
It is a good farewell to the series.
We wrapped up most of the stories and we got Shakespeare second novel at the end.
The artwork varied along the volume but it was very good, in general.
This will be missed.
Stewart Mitchell
Oct 23, 2015 Stewart Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nearly perfect and completely necessary ending for one of the greatest fantasies I've ever read. The Wake is more of an epilogue than anything, and it ties up a few last loose ends while giving us a chance to say goodbye to all of the characters that we've come to love. It's sad, bittersweet, and beautiful. After the first three issues, which tell the story of the funeral, we get three short stories that relate to the rest of the series. I have to say that the final Hob Gadling story ranks amo ...more
Garrett Zecker
Dec 20, 2015 Garrett Zecker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final proper installment of the Sandman series is really an epilogue. In many ways, though, it is my favorite. It is a beautiful reflection of the entirety of the run, and in many ways is a ghostly book that constantly breaks the fourth wall and brings the reader into the true conceptualization of the ending of one of the most amazing characters in modern literature, let alone graphic literature.

In my opinion, Wake has the most magnificent artwork of the entire series – which is strange bec
Oct 09, 2015 Inga rated it it was amazing
Can I give six stars? This was so beautiful.
Hannah Givens
I cried and sniffed all the way through, and that's really all there is to say at the moment.
Jul 20, 2015 Sookie rated it really liked it
Goodbye Morpheus.

Hello David.

See you in my dreams.
Aug 16, 2015 Cassandra rated it really liked it
This volume is split into two parts. The first is the wake and funeral for Morpheus and is a wonderful, touching way to wrap up the series. The art style is more serious and strong, which fits perfectly. In fact, this first part of the volume had me feeling that everything was exactly the way it was supposed to be. The second half of the volume is a little strange for me. It is meant to be a wrap-up of the Hob and Shakespeare plotlines, which it is. I can't help but feel that they were a little ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Tomás rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y así como así, terminé The Sandman de Neil Gaiman. Podría pasarme un buen rato hablando de las totales perfecciones de este comic, pero calculo que no diría algo mucho más nuevo de lo que ya se ha dicho. Cada tomo fue perfecto, cada uno superaba al otro, ni un solo número malo.

Gaiman cierra la historia atando todos los cabos sueltos y nos hace partícipes de uno de los funerales ficcionales más emocionantes que se hayan relatado.

Una genialidad. Lo más probable es que la relea una y otra vez.
Dec 09, 2014 Ithil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Después del sublime tomo anterior, a pesar de los spoilers del mismo que me comí leyendo el prólogo, este se me ha quedado bastante cojo. Que no es que sea malo, pero es que para un tomo final em esperaba algo bastante más espectacular.

Quitando 'Domingo de luto', que me ha disgustado en algunos puntos de guión (y digo disgustado por no decir cabreado), y 'Exiliados', del que destaco un dibujo y estilo fantástico, me ha parecido un buen tono decente.

Me ha gustado el enfoque de la historia tras
Jun 24, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Wake, the epilogue to the sprawling Sandman saga, includes the series' last six issues. The first four, comprising the "The Wake" story arc, are outstanding, touching and contemplative with undoubtedly the best art in the entire series.

The final two issues, however, one a stand-alone about an exiled man wandering the desert and the other an account of Shakespeare writing The Tempest, were good but not exceptional, a flaw I might be more willing to forgive if they weren't the stories Gaiman c
Joshum Harpy
Jun 12, 2010 Joshum Harpy rated it really liked it
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This collection was really more of an epilogue for the series than a stand alone story. The plot is minimal and spacious and, as the title of the series implies, the bulk of the story is dedicated to mourning the passing of a major character. This serves well as a vehicle to properly conclude a massive story and say farewell to a complex fictional universe, and it is handled with a grace and gravity too rare in the graphic novel medium. The interiors are mostly painted and gorgeous, which lends ...more
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