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Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 8: The Blackhawk and the Return of the Scarlet Ghost (Sandman Mystery Theatre #8)

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In this series of noir detective tales of intrigue, bigotry and incest, millionaire Wesley Dodds takes on the costumed persona of the Sandman in 1930s New York donning a gas mask, fedora, business suit and cape to fight the forces of evil.

In this eighth volume, in the early days of World War II, the Sandman finds himself drawn into international intrigue when a brash young
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Vertigo (first published April 13th 2010)
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Mohammed
Nov 17, 2011 Mohammed rated it it was amazing
The Blackhawk was the better written story but The Return of the Scarlet Ghost was more interesting, as it tried to bring together all the different incarnations of the Sandman. The pulp mags angle in the story was alot of fun.
Michele Carter
Sep 07, 2011 Michele Carter rated it really liked it
One of my favorite series, consistently great until the end. This volume features a great nod to the Golden Age "Sandy the Golden Boy" (who grew up to become one of my favorite, neglected JSA characters, Sand Hawkins). So glad DC is collecting these, however slowly.
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I really love this series!
Joseph
Jun 05, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it
Still a good series, but I find myself tiring of the "everybody's a bigot" theme. Maybe if these particular stories had been a little more compelling, I wouldn't have fixated on that particular element, but "The Blackhawk" brings nothing new to the table. "The Return of the Scarlet Ghost" was a little more interesting, as it tried to bring together all the different incarnations of the Sandman: the original comic superhero, Gaiman's Dream, and the modernized Mystery Theater take on the character ...more
Paul
Oct 18, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
Originaly bought as single-issues, I have the complete collection.

Somehow, Matt Wagner and Guy Davis were the perfect team to bring the original Sandman back.
Where most writers would have updated the character to bring him into the 21st century, Matt Wagner goes way back to his original roots set in the 1940s and gives us a bare bones version of the character.
This isn't a super-hero, he doesn't jump from rooftops, he's faillable, he's a well-rounded, caring human being, heck he's not even muscle
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Steven
Love seeing the relationship between Wesley and Dian develop. Great ending. Hope there are more volumes to come.
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Matt Wagner is an American comic book writer and artist. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
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