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La veglia (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
192 pages
Published 1997 by Magic Press (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
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
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
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 Márquez
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
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
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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.
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
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
Hannah Givens
I cried and sniffed all the way through, and that's really all there is to say at the moment.
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
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
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
Goodbye Morpheus.

Hello David.

See you in my dreams.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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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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
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
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
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
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