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The Sandman Omnibus, Vol. 1

(The Sandman Omnibus #1)

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,529 ratings  ·  177 reviews
A New York Times Bestseller!

The Sandman is the universally lauded masterwork following Morpheus, Lord of the Dreaming--a vast hallucinatory landscape housing all the dreams of any and everyone who's ever existed. Regardless of cultures or historical eras, all dreamers visit Morpheus' realm--be they gods, demons, muses, mythical creatures, or simply humans who teach Morpheu
Hardcover, Omnibus, 1040 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Vertigo (first published August 27th 2013)
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Mark Lawrence
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read most of the Sandman story as separate graphic novels bought off ebay about 10 years ago.

This Christmas I bought myself the bound 'mega-volume' a very high class piece of bookage that contains the 1st 37 issues of the comic which is half of the 12(?) graphic novels.

Now the thing is that, yes, at the bottom of it all these are comics bound together into a book that's six inches thick... but excellent writing can show up in many media and Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer.

The story we're g
Dan Schwent
Once upon a time, a few years before the turn of the century, I decided I was too cool for super hero comics and read a lot of darker, mature readers only type of stuff. The Sandman was at the front of the pack for a long time. My mom unexpectedly bought me this big honkin' omnibus for Christmas so I've busted it into chunks for reviewing purposes.

Preludes and Nocturnes: After decades of imprisonment at the hands of a group of magicians, Dream escapes and sets about reclaiming what is his...

My n
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not a reader of comic books or graphic novels. Aside from an early infatuation with Disney's comic books and the glossed pages of the W.I.T.C.H.-magazines, I've never cared for colorful pictures with eventful stories. Comics have always puzzled me, and I have always failed to see their charm. Until now.

Of course it would be Neil Gaiman who changed my opinion, as he always seems to do. These past two years I have been devouring his work; his short stories, epic novels, children's books and s
Ashley Daviau
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve seen this series around a lot but actually had no idea what it was actually about until I read it. And shame on me because if I had had any idea how bloody brilliantly this series is, I would have devoured it AGES ago! The story is just beyond stunning, it drew me in from the get go and I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen. Just up give you an idea, I devoured 1000+ pages within 3 days while reading another book simultaneously and working overtime. That’s ...more
5 stars of the sort that are built up by layer upon layer upon layer of playful postmodernism whose grandeur and heft don't fully coalesce in the mind until round about p.500 of 1000.
A lot of the content would have been 4 stars if it had been in smaller chunks. As a whole - or half of a whole - it becomes very impressive. A full Big Book experience, that started to feel like reading a great postmodern novel, but also like watching a really fun, effortless film.

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Bruno Carriço
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lives up to the hype IMO
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I've finally read vol.1 of the famous Sandman! I would say this book has had as much hype surrounding it as the Watchmen did and it was no let down.

So the story starts of with some men performing witchcraft and they wish to trap Death, so that they may live forever, instead they trap deaths' older brother 'Dream' or his real name Morpheus. He is imprisoned on the mortal plane for over 80 years and in that time he does not speak to them.

When he is eventually released he goes about repairing
Joseph Cooper
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good I have tattoos from it
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Don't need to read the Omnibus. I was there for the complete original series. Thank goodness DC Comics is bringing the series back to relaunch the all new Vertigo ...more
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The fear of the unknown has led humankind to try to give meaning to the unexplainable throughout history. While science has deciphered many of life’s greatest mysteries, religion remains a universal means for some to understand life and its myriad of gifts and misfortunes. As you venture in these mythical grounds looking to discover the greater schemes at play, you might also encounter supernatural entities who are wielders of terrifying powers,
Siona St Mark
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, comics-manga
I think where this book shines the brightest is when Gaimen explores concepts like the Endless and Lucifer closing Hell down for good. The rest of the stories weren’t bad, but they just weren’t really good either.

I’ll still continue with the series, mainly for glimpses of the Endless because I think it’s such an interesting idea, but the other stories are of little interest to me, really. Also, I want to read Sandman Overture and Death: The High Cost of Living.
Aug 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading and went through all the stories in two days!
I. Merey
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll get the bad shit out of the way first: this book is ENORMOUS. >__<
It is as hard to transport (or even hold up for any extended period of time) as it is beautiful to look at. I found myself often wishing as I went through that I had a permanent, safe and clean surface I could leave it on and come back to it always, as it is, I am amazed and delighted that the book survived my audience with no chicken nugget splotches or barbecue stains.

That I had to read it in this glorious, but extremely cu
Aug 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To be able to read this collection of comics continuously was simply wonderful. The way that Gaiman is able to build these stories and weave mythology and human histories is quite impressive!

I even had dreams about some of the stories, some awful and quite scary and others wondrous and fantastical. I'd highly recommend this comic series to anyone who likes history, mythology, and just the way humans have lived.

I'm looking forward to acquiring and reading Vol 2.
Emma Gerts
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I realised reading this that I had actually read more Sandman comics than I had thought, but that was many years ago and I enjoyed returning to the world of the Endless. I love the characterisation of the Endless and particularly of Dream. He's the hero, but he's not perfect. He's distant and proud and short tempered and he can be cruel when his pride is stung. But he can be merciful, and he can love. I really enjoyed these stories and look forward to the chance to read the rest of them. ...more
Phoebe Jeziel
May 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: graphic-novel
Sandman has always been one of my favorite comics and it has been YEARS since I first read it. I've been way over due for a purchase/re-read. After deliberating, I bought the omnibus bind-up of the books and I am very excited to delve back into this world! I read the absolute edition last time and I remember the binding being a mess, which is why I went with the omnibus this time. Guess we'll see! ...more
Adam Bogert
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I think the fact that I own the omnibuses of this series pretty much covers what I think of the series, no?
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
You don't read this. It's more like falling head first into this dark universe Gaiman and his collaborators created. Everything is rich with lore and at the beginning it's quite overwhelming. There are the seven endless, beings older than anything else. They are not unlike gods, with great powers, but they don't need believers to exist. These seven are a sort of basic structure for the whole universe: Dream, Death, Desire, Destruction, Destiny, Despair and Delirium.

We follow Dream, a character o
This is the only thing written by Gaiman I had left to read, so it's bittersweet to get to it. I am looking forward to the Neverwhere sequel, but considering he's been so busy with tv shows recently, I doubt it will come out any time soon. I'll have to re-read something.

This is as gruesome as American Gods and it follows similar themes, with ancient deities heavily featured. While I really like the mythology aspect, the gore is a bit too much for me sometimes (surprisingly, it's bloodier in the
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first read Sandman I was by no means a comic expert. Oh of course I knew about the Alan Moore's, Garth Ennis', Frank Miller's etc etc of the comic book world. And I knew how to clearly avoid the trash too. And yet Sandman was something that always eluded me. So when I finally did get a chance to pick up a copy at my college library I was blown away. The minute attention to detail that is always called back upon, the existential discussions that number every arc, a main character who is bo ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Neil Gaiman's mind is connected to another dimension. He seamlessly weaves together mythology, philosophy, history, the occult and superheroes, and created a new mythos, a new world. These are not typical stories, it's difficult to define what exactly Sandman is.
This omnibus edition contains 38 volumes and not every story was a winner for me, some seemed a bit too obscure, too much "out there". Recommended for those who are well-versed in mythology and those who want to read something truly ori
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this series was the annotated editions, published only in black and white. Reading it again in color, and being able to see where the dozens of plot lines fit together, makes for what seems like a completely novel experience. This is truly a seminal work, one that if it isn't, should be the standard by which graphic novels are compared. I've already ordered volumes 2 and 3. ...more
Matt Miles
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One down, one to go. I was nervous at first when Gaiman started pulling in characters from DC comics, characters I had to Google, but I shouldn’t have been. He repurposes aforementioned characters along with those of myth, fairytale, and his own imagination. The result is a deeply realized plunge into the natures of dreams, reality, creatively, loneliness, loss, humanity itself, and so much more. At the very least, shelve volumes 1-5 with the classics.
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Im not sure where to start when reviewing this amazing story, do I mention how beautiful the world Neil Gaiman created, or should I start with “A dream of a thousand cats” chapter? There is just so much beauty in the written stories and the illustrations that brings these stories to life. If you have never read a graphic novel before, this might be a heavy start for you, but it should definitely be in the top 10 graphic novels to read. I have to say, out of 5 combined volumes, i loved the first ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
All right, after years of hearing about the greatness of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, I decided to read through it. When I discovered that a public library in my network actually owns the Omnibus edition, I thought that would be a good way to get to know the series. I put in a request to pick it up at my local library (which technically shouldn't have worked, since the Omnibus is catalogued as "non-circulating"), and read through one story at a time over the past few weeks.

For me, The Sandman
Jennifer Juffer
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sheer utter brilliance! Unlike anything you've ever read or visually seen on paper.
A must have for any collector of Gaiman!
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The Sandman comes with a weight of expectation - you can't find out about it without discovering it's reputation as one of the best graphic novel/comic series ever written. There's Gaiman's name and wicked imagination behind it as well. You know it's going to be epic and weird and bursting with mythology. In a world of fingerclick knowledge, expectations play a dangerous game with our true perceptions of a piece of literature. The Sandman perhaps doesn't live up to them, but it also doesn't real ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I will start off this review knowing that it's going to be sacrilegious, as the rating I'm giving this is more of a personal one than an overall general acknowledgement.

I do not like Neil Gaiman. There, I've said it. I've read his works from "Coraline" to "Good Omens" to "Stardust"... and, I do not like Neil Gaiman. Somewhere in my brain, Neil Gaiman has been lumped in with and morphed into the literary version of Tim Burton... and, I do not like Tim Burton. If I haven't yet lost all of my nerd
Kat Heatherington
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is clearly the foundation of Gaiman's reputation. I have read many of his novels, and though they were all well-written and enjoyable, they were also all very lightweight (and YES i'm including American Gods and Good Omens in that unpopular but honest assessment!), often to the point of being emotionally flimsy, and i have never understood why people rave about him so much. unless they just wanted 100% pure feel-good brain-candy with nice sentence structure and imagery, and little content. ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is fantastic. Nearly incomprehensible that I had never read any Sandman before, but then again... I was having trouble sleeping for a couple weeks and this was a perfect companion.

These are those magic pages which cause hesitation over every turn... do I rush forward and read the next one now now now? Or do I languish and let this first pass through these stories last longer?

I love myths and stories of explanation and level-shifting perspectives. I love hearing of echoes of gods and storie
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