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One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative. Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the first of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entir ...more
Slipcased Hardcover, 612 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Vertigo (first published October 1990)
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Leonard Gaya
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
This graphic novel is one of Neil Gaiman’s early major works, which catapulted him to his present fame, somewhere in the upper floors of the Dark Fantasy & Mythology Redux literary pantheon. This first issue of the Absolute Sandman is a massive volume, 600 pages!, that collects the first 20 chapters of the Sandman series — there are at least five or six other volumes after this one, in the Absolute Sandman saga, published by DC Comics / Vertigo.

I hate to write a negative review, especially consi
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Chad
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Sandman is one of my all-time favorite comics. No, it's not for everyone, but if you like fantasy and horror, there is a good chance you'll like this. It was one of the first comics written for adults at DC back in the 1980's. The story is about Dream, one of the Endless. They are not gods but the personification of certain intrinsic ideas.

When it starts out Dream has been imprisoned for the last 70 years. He eventually escapes and must reacquire the totems he last which contain much of his pow
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Leah
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
1/31/17
First read and reread of 2017. The below review still holds completely true.

4/26/15
Neil Gaiman is pure fucking magic when it comes to writing.

I’m relatively new to his work, and I’m also pretty new to comics and graphic novels. So please feel free to take the following fangirl-gasming with a grain of salt. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly freaking recommend you go to your library and start this, and soon. If this first Volume is any indication on what to expect from the futur
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Nicolo
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this oversized, slip cased hardcover back in 2011 during Komikon. The prospect of owning a first edition first volume tantalized me. I haven’t seen this volume in any of the larger branches of the main book store chain here in Philippines. It was always volume two onwards, never a complete set. The sweetener was I got this a slight discount which helped assuage the loss of frequent buyer points had I bought this from the book store chain.

The collected edition of the Sandman series have
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Anthony Ryan
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Considered by many, me included, to be the best comic book ever written, Neil Gaiman's now classic mix of Greek myth and modern dark fantasy remains as captivating today as when it was first published. Aided by some of the finest artists ever to grace the medium, Gaiman crafts a fantasy epic as unconventional as it is fascinating. The Sandman marks the point at which comics finally grew up. ...more
Sud666
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
Collects Issue 1-20 of Sandman:

In the course of my life I have come across certain things from art to a classic book that are masterfully done. Neil Gaiman's Sandman is one of those things. It is many things all at once. Some parts of it, especially near the beginning , seem to be of a Gothic horror nature ,yet, in the middle part of the volume there is a shift towards a fantasy based romp through a dreamworld. It is a testament to Mr. Gaiman's staggering imagination.

The story centers on Dream,
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Sesana
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's been more than ten years since I first read Sandman, and I've read it through probably close to a dozen times since. This is my first crack at The Absolute Sandman. Obviously, I love Sandman, or I wouldn't be reading it yet again. And yet, I never read exactly the same Sandman twice. I see more, and I see differently, every time I read it.

So how can I possibly review Sandman? I just can't. All I can say is how very, very happy I am to get to read it again.
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Spider the Doof Warrior
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-love-this-book
Fantastic version of the first few graphic novels of Sandman. The pictures are a lot bigger, this is hard-covered with a stylish ribbon.

And Neil Gaiman is awesome.

So this is a good series, but the first volume might be a bit disturbing to put it mildly. Some of it is nightmarish as hell, but that is the beauty of Sandman, really.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This is an absolute must for a Sandman fan. If you've already collected the ten-volume collection of the Sandman series, then perhaps you don't need this, but if not, this is definitely something you should invest in if you want to collect Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Preludes & Nocturnes" is a pretty surprising combination of horror & super-heroes that really differs from what follows. However, it's nonetheless really good storytelling with a few sublime moments, such as the battle with the demon and 24 hours [9/10]. "The Sound of Her Wings" is still brilliant [10+/10]. "Tales in the Sand" is very innovative for its decision to tell tales of Morpheus in the past, where he's often just a secondary character. Beyond that, it's just a good story [8/10]. "The D ...more
Dave
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember collecting the comic book series when it came out because it looked unique in both Gaiman's storytelling and Keith's art. The series turned into one of my favorite comic series of all time combining humor, horror, great art, literature, history, fairy tales, mystery, drama, dreams, and everything that Gaiman could come up with for an entertaining read each and every month.
I was happy to pick up this collection with better coloring and on superior paper.
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J.G. Keely
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, comics, fantasy
While I agree with this article that the coloring in Sandman needed to be touched-up for this definitive edition, I was very disappointed at the direction they decided to go with it. You can see from the various examples in the article that in every case, they have replaced the bright, otherworldly colors with bland, murky photoshop blends.

It's very disappointing to see a book which had such remarkable, experimental art reduced to such generic choices. In every instance where a face was colored
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Sofia
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I will start by saying that this is an absolutely gorgeous book. It's a compilation that was obviously done with great care and attention to detail, and as a result it has a very imposing physical presence. I found myself checking if my hands were clean before picking it up to read (and I'm not kidding).

What to say about the comic itself... "Sandman" is fantastic, quite different from what I got used from a comic book (and it must have been quite ground-breaking at the time it came out). I start
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Kasia
May 30, 2015 marked it as to-read
FOR SANDMAN

You are mine. Book of books. Indescribable beauty and wisdom lies within your pages. You are almost to holy to read.
You need to be caressed tenderly and admired page by page in kneeling position with head bowed low.
I know how undeserving I'm to touch you. Forgive me, sinner for reaching so high, for touching the sun. If I burn in your greatness I will wear my scars proudly. Pierce my heart with one ray of your dark magic and make me yours forever.
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Cathy
This thing is seriously heavy - seven pounds! It has really lovely extra thick glossy paper and it's eight inches wide by twelve inches tall, a huge, gorgeous book. People who bought it really got a lot for their money. But I think that most people, even completely healthy and hale people, couldn't possibly read this without a table. It was the absolute max my incredible Levo book stand could handle. (If you have any kind of hand, shoulder, neck or back pain, this is absolutely worth the money, ...more
Malum
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I put off reading Sandman for a long time for some reason, and it's too bad I did because it's pretty awesome. It is weird, dark, and can be thought-provoking in places.

It reminds me of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run, only a lot bleaker.
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L. McCoy
This weird fantasy series that’s often considered essential for comic fans has a great first arc… and then it goes a bit downhill but it’s still good.

What’s it about?
There’s a race that are called the endless. A cult tried to summon Death but ended up summoning her brother, Dream. After decades, finally, someone let’s Dream out of his cage (and time for him ‘cause he’s counting no age) and after that a bunch of weird s*** happens.

Pros:
The story is interesting and weird. If you aren’t a fan of st
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Megan
When I first started reading Sandman, which was after I was introduced to Neil Gaiman through American Gods and Stardust, I had to interlibrary loan each volume, meaning (since I wanted to be able to keep track of them and ensure the loaning library got the books back in a timely fashion) I had to wait at least three weeks between volumes. It stretched out the time it took to read the entirety of the series to - well, quite a long time. But waiting for each one was sweet. I liked the anticipatio ...more
Christine
Feb 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Yeah, I know Gaiman is God and Sandman is his avatar. Still didn't like it. Sorry. ...more
Ramiz Qudsi
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I was looking for a book to read by Gaiman, I came across this title. A lot of people have liked it and there were tones of paragraphs written praising the Sandman series by Gaiman. So I rushed to the library and picked this one (couldn't afford to buy this one, way too expensive. But someday!). The book didn't capture my imagination at first. I was like, meh...so there is another book. I kind of got bored and one-third in the book, I left it and picked some other books. Then 2 days back whil ...more
Kate M. Colby
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every friend who reads comics has told me I would love Sandman. Every comic shop clerk I've ever spoken to has recommended Sandman to me after a quick chat. This has happened for six years. I finally read the first Absolute volume.

They were all right, and I can't believe that it took me this long.

I loved everything about Sandman. The mythology, Morpheus's compassion for and interest in humanity, Death, the smaller stories and their characters and how it all comes together, the larger themes of
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Mila
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story, still warming up to the art itself.
Robert
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
How good was Sandman, really? I asked myself. After all I was in my late teens and it was a long time ago. Should I take a risk on those gigantic anthologies, The Absolute Sandman or a lesser commitment on the comparatively tiddly first paperback collection, Preludes and Nocturnes? How much of it did I actually read back then? There was Death and a Cereal Convention and a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream but there was definitely much more I had not read.

OK - let's play with house money a
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jordan
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
very fan of the graphic novel format chooses for themselves the moment at which the medium "broke out." Watchmen. Miracle Man. Dark Knight Returns. The Contract With God Trilogy. While there can be no right answer to this question, for me it lies with Sandman, Neil Gaiman's brilliant, literate, and highly entertaining romp through areas as diverse as pop culture, Kaballah, Freudian analysis, serial killers, Shakespeare, death, and other areas too many to number. The story follows one of the endl ...more
Sophia
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
We held out on buying this because it's pretty expensive... but oh my god, the recoloring is fabulous. No longer will I hesitate to recommend the series to people with the caveat that "Um, the first three look terrible, please ignore the art," although I guess it means I will have to loan them this Giant Book (seriously, I think it may be the largest one I own). Sandman on a larger scale is equally fabulous.

I don't think I've reread the first three volumes in a while, since the series really he
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Ken-ichi
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sandman is easily one of my favorite works of fiction. I loved it in high school when I first read it, and I've loved it every time I've re-read the series. Most of what I know about mythology stems from reading this series, as does a significant portion of my vocabulary. I can't recommend it enough.

This edition and the rest of the Absolute Sandman series are beautiful, gigantic tomes that ought to come with their own special reading couches, because they are simply not the kind of books you can
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Miranda Reads
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, I am intrigued. This looks like an interesting concept - there's Dream (the Sandman) and his siblings, which are somewhat like superheros/Gods of the human world. We will see where this takes us. Though, I was not a fan of the sudden nudity and how ugly some of the characters were drawn.


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Jennifer
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to take a star off of my review to account for the number of times this book almost crushed my head while I was reading it in bed, but I just can't bring myself to do it. It was worth every health risk, including the brusied elbows I sustained from 4 consecutive hours of reading whilst lying on my stomach (a tactic I employed after nearly dropping the book on my face for the 5th time).

TL;DR: this book weighs a million pounds but god is it beautiful.
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Stacey
I'm a Gaiman fan, and I got this for Christmas '06. It was my first real introduction to graphic novels, (or as Mr. Neil still calls them: comic books.)

I've branched out since then, but this is such an unbelievable body of work, compelling storyline, extraordinarily riveting artwork...

If you haven't discovered the Sandman, what are you waiting for?
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Liss Carmody
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are things in here about responsibility, reality and unreality, history, literature, and awesomeness. It's gory and vicious and definitely for mature readers, and it's not my favorite genre ever, nor my favorite story. But I don't read too many graphic novels, and for one of my first forays into the genre, it worked very well. ...more
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