Chris's Reviews > Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 1: The Tarantula

Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 1 by Matt Wagner
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Dec 10, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, graphicnovels

I just had a nice donation of all the Sandman and Sandman-related collections to my classroom lending library, so I'll be gradually going through the collections I've never had the chance to read before.

If this first collection is any indication of the quality of later issues of the series, I can see why Sandman Mystery Theater was such a long-running book. In a lot of ways, SMT was ahead of its' time as a book which took a serious approach to vigilantism and superheroics by rooting it firmly in the real world. As a mystery, The Tarantula isn't exactly hard to puzzle out, but that's about my only complaint. I loved Guy Davis' rough-but-elegant style. I loved the character of Dian Belmont, who's quite a bit more interesting and fun to follow than the guy who's on the cover to this collection.

I'm looking forward to going through the next couple of collections!

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