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The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
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May 14, 11

Read in October, 2010

A compilation of comic books published originally between 1988 and 1990, these revived an old character, the Sandman. In this incarnation, Morpheus, the Shaper, the lord of dreams, is the central character in a series of vignettes that including a retelling of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as a work commissioned by the Sandman for the benefit of the faerie creatures about which Shakespeare wrote. Another tale tells of the potential power of 1000 dreaming cats, wryly noting the near impossibility of so many cats ever collaborating. The writing evokes mythology and high literature as well as the grimy worlds of comic book heroics. Vapors of Jung rise from the pages as well with allusions to the shared character and foundational nature of dream worlds. Death threads through the pages, a sibling of Dream, Destiny, and Desire, a fascinating mythos mastering the modern marketplace.
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