Thoughts on a Re-read Six Years Later
On my initial read, I was disappointed that there wasn't some sort of pan-theological knockdown-dragout over the Key to Hell, but now I truly understand that this isn't that sort of comic. On this read, I could appreciate the simple awesomeness of shoving various mythological/theological figures into the Dreaming. This isn't about gods beating each other up. This is a fascinating contemplation on the nature of choice and desire, about getting what you want, about not getting what you want, about getting what you don't want, and whether or not you're complicit in any of this. It's a big story for Dream as a character, as it resolves the Nada storyline. The volume is marred by a rather weak interlude with terrible art but boosted by the wonderful prologue featuring six of the seven Endless together.