I've really liked this series. Although there are some weak/slow stories, I loved this story. It really got into the characters of the old ones, and hI've really liked this series. Although there are some weak/slow stories, I loved this story. It really got into the characters of the old ones, and helped show their relationship with Morpheus. Thus far, I had thought that the series was just so-so, but once it started to show us who Morpheus, Delerium and even Desire, really are. I was enthralled.
The relationship between Delirium and Dream is quite amusing and sweet, and that alone kept me turning pages....more
I've been in love with Neil Gaiman since my Freshman year of highschool. Since then, I've tried to read everything he's written, but Sandman was beyonI've been in love with Neil Gaiman since my Freshman year of highschool. Since then, I've tried to read everything he's written, but Sandman was beyond my reach because...well, no library near me carried comics/graphic novels.
I should probably preface my review by saying that I've never really read "classic" comics. Sure, I've read the odd Witchblade comic here and there, and I've been a fan of manga since the 5th grade, but real, honest-to-goodness comics were out of my reach. I asked some of my comic-buff friends to make recommendations, and Sandman was on the list along with several batman titles and Watchmen.
At first I was absolutely repelled by the garrish colors, scratchy lines and overexaggerated facial features, and I was sure I'd get sick of the comic and be forced to put it down. I found the first story of Morpheus' imprisonment boring and slow, but once Morpheus actually came into the picture, the comic got a lot better. After I hit the halfway mark in this book, I just fell in love. As soon as the comic began to focus on the individuals, I found it a lot more enjoyable and was able to look beyond the ugly art. Sure, some stories are better than others, but I must say, after reading 3 volumes I look forward to reading the rest!...more
At my friend's urging, I finally decided to pick up Watchmen. The plot seemed intriguing, and from the very first page I was hooked. I only wish I couAt my friend's urging, I finally decided to pick up Watchmen. The plot seemed intriguing, and from the very first page I was hooked. I only wish I could've stayed interested...
Although I'm new to american comics, I've read my fair share of manga on many subjects, but I found Watchmen distracting. The plot, although interesting at first, quickly changed into something quite boring and ordinary, and the characters...well...they were interesting. Although the author based all of the characters off of real superheroes, while trying to make them real and flawed, I honestly felt that the comic portrayed neither reality or the typical hero. That, and I found every character annoying and unappealing. My two "favorite" characters (and even that's a stretch), Rorschach and Dr. Manhattan are both terribly incomplete people. Although Rorschach starts off as just an overzealous vigilante on the run, we quickly see that he is nothing more than a deranged and insane (more so than ANY villain, in my humble opinion) "man with a traumatic past".
I wanted to like Watchmen, I really, really did. But I couldn't get past the unlikeable, unattractive (both physically and emotionally) characters, the long drawn-out monologues, the tone, and the awful "golden age" style art. I can see why people love Watchmen, but honestly, it's just not my cup of tea. ...more