The Wake (The Sandman, #10)
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The Wake (The Sandman #10)

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

THE WAKE

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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Vertigo (first published February 1996)
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Algernon
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...more
Brooke
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...more
Teresa
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...more
Ronyell
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...more
Lizzie
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Zanna
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...more
Rowena
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.
Sunil
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 fulfillment...more
Tricia
Then... I woke up.

A long series of dreams and stories weaved by the Prince of Stories has come to an end. The stories and the characters left marks on me that I will forever remember. I still having flashbacks of the panels from the past volumes.

So The Wake. I never thought this volume will be ever about a wake for the dead. I always associated the title with waking up -- this saga is about dreaming and its realm after all. It was a bit sad to read but the last issues are bit confusing as Morphe...more
Patti
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...more
Joshum Harpy
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
Molly
In the past, I've said my problem with Gaiman is that he doesn't really know how to end things. His endings just seem awkward, like you're watching a chef create something really intricate that smells lovely throughout the mixing and baking and then he pulls it out of the oven and it's dripping in some places, burnt in others, but whatever the process is over so he dumps it on the plate and voila! Your Gaiman story is complete! Throughout Sandman, I thought that this might just be an issue of th...more
Missy
The Basics

This being the tenth volume of The Sandman, it’s hard to write about this without ultimately spoiling anyone. A lot of things have changed via the ending of the previous volume, and Gaiman is wrapping things up and saying some goodbyes.

My Thoughts

This is a weird review to write. I’ve been spending the last, several years, since I got into Gaiman, reading my way through The Sandman. As a result, this was pretty bittersweet. Dream has changed forms, and the title of this volume, The Wake...more
Grace Le Fay
And that's the end. Of Sandman. I'll try to keep this review brief, because plenty enough people have raved about what a brilliant creative mastermind Neil Gaiman is, and they've done a much better job of praising him than I ever could.

The title of the Wake itself has three meanings for me - a wake, or a ceremony, associated with death; events that follow in the wake of a calamity; and, perhaps most appropriately, awakening from a state of dreaming.

This final book of the Sandman series, I felt,...more
John Kirk
This is a bit like Return of the King: a great ending to the series, but then it just keeps going for another 20 minutes while I'm fidgeting and wanting to leave. If it had been printed without the final 2 issues then I would have given it 5 stars. I don't think I really agree with most of the introduction, but I did like the writer's definition of "mercy".

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Agnese
Con "La Veglia" termina la saga di Sandman. Il volume è sottile e si può percepire come un epilogo della saga, a seguito del precedente finale "col botto".

Comprende tre racconti: "Sunday Mourning", "Exiles" e "The Tempest", tutti e tre caratterizzati da una grafica molto realistica e intensa.
Negli ultimi due rispettivamente vengono riprese le vicende di Hob e William Shakespeare, entrambi amici (in modo diverso) di Sogno. Li visitiamo e poi li lasciamo per l'ultima volta. Il primo racconto inv...more
Laura
Okay. This is may main problem with this whole ending rigamarole: the storyline ceased to have any grander import. Morpheus' death was sad, yeah, but we were MEANT to see it coming from MILES off, which we did. Furthermore, the symbolic disconnect of the characters reached its fullest point here. THroughout the story, the characters were taking on lives of their own which did not exactly jive with the symbolism of their offices and names. For example, we never see Destruction actually destroying...more
Adam Rex
I read the entire series of Sandman in either collections or single issue format during the nineties, but reviewing (briefly) the final volume seemed like the easiest way to express my admiration for the whole run.

There's a certain kind of story I think Gaiman tells, with full characters and humor and earnest fantasy, that nonetheless has the confidence to contain someone like a Rose Walker or a Delirium–someone who unsettles the atmosphere without undermining it. As if Gaiman's allowing that, y...more
Fox
All things must come to an end, and unfortunately, The Sandman is among them. The book feels more like epilogue than true ending, the previous installment (The Kindly Ones) being a bit of a more proper ending. All the same, I must say that the series would be lesser without The Wake.

In the afterward Neil Gaiman writes that the series is about saying goodbye.. and more than anything else, I feel that that is an accurate summation. The characters learn, things change, and once choices are made the...more
Icats
At the end of The Sandman Vol 10: The Wake, Neil Gaiman writes that he has always been bad at goodbyes, but I thought he did an excellent job in this last volume of Sandman by doing what he does best, telling stories. This was not at all how I thought the series would end, you would have thought by now I would have known that Mr. Gaiman would not do the obvious or even the next couple of obvious. Instead he ends with four unique stories of a surreal wake, an undying friendship, a Chinese sage tr...more
Paul Nelson
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...more
Chris
[This review is of the 10 book Sandman Library] Overall I enjoyed The Sandman series. There were stories here and there that did nothing for me and didn't seem to advance the storyline, but the mythology/history of the Endless and others, along with Gaiman's ability to weave an engrossing tale, made for many enjoyable reading times. I liked the way actual historical figures (Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Marco Polo, etc.) popped up in some stories. Perhaps my biggest criticism of the series was the i...more
Tina
What an end to a really beautiful and epic tale. It wrapped up a lot of loose ends and broke my heart. I'm going to start the series over since there are so many links between the stories that I'm sure I only got a small portion of the stories. It's definitely a story that I wish could keep going on forever but the beauty of it is that the stories are so artfully created from bits of history, fables, and ideals that readers are left with all the materials to create an infinite world of the stori...more
Kate
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Owen
Over the past three months, or thereabouts, I had been reading this wonderful series on a casual basis, and not making a point of writing as I went along. As such, many details and plot points have begun by this stage to fade from my surface memories and now, for me, lie in the oneiric ether... until the re-read, an event whose certainty has been all but guaranteed - mortal concerns aside - by the closing of this last volume. So, here, all I can give are lasting impressions, and impressive so th...more
Jeremy
Read these books throughout May and June of 2014. The first few in the collection start in a way that is VERY different from the other ones; more similar to a what I would call a classic comic book novel. Serialized, 'epic' battles between rival characters, amongst other things, but it quickly changes into something more. A series of books that is more about the characters and the mythology than action (although there is action indeed). I think it becomes more rounded as it progresses.

There are...more
Hamish
Has some good bits and some others that feel corny or self-congratulatory, a bit too Sandman's Greatest Hits. But it's as satisfying an epilogue as we were likely to get. I liked Michael Zulli's art quite a bit.

P.S. Since this is the last volume of the main series, I want to talk a little bit about my thoughts on the series as a whole. It's mostly made up of separate, distinct arcs that can be judged on their own merits. But they also form a larger arc, and I have some mixed feelings on how that...more
Tamir Hason
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Roshan
Someone said these were the last words of the series "Only the Phoenix rises and never descends. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost." Actually, that is from the penultimate issue, although it probably would have been an a better ending. The final words of this series are in issue #75's "The Tempest", and they are captions explaining that William Shakespeare and his family died miserable. It's pretty ineloquent, as if that wasn't even intended to be the final issue but was tacked o...more
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