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The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)

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In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream's new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex's guards grow careless and ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Vertigo (first published 1989)
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Hellen Some of the images can be disturbing, yes. There's a man exploding (imploding?), a woman's head popping off, at some point there's gooey flesh…moreSome of the images can be disturbing, yes. There's a man exploding (imploding?), a woman's head popping off, at some point there's gooey flesh covering the walls of a room... It gets less creepy later in the series, though, so don't let it stop you! Sandman is dreamy, fantastical and definitely weird at times, but (for me at least) it's not scary.(less)
C. Online book sellers have it always, Barns & Noble might have it in their physical stores in the Manga/Comics section, but I can't be sure.

If they…more
Online book sellers have it always, Barns & Noble might have it in their physical stores in the Manga/Comics section, but I can't be sure.

If they don't keep it in-stock, you can always have your physical retailer order a copy for you if you're not into online book sellers.(less)

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First off, let's be clear, I'm a big soppy fan of Gaiman's Work.

Secondly, I've read the Sandman series several times before. So this is more a record of my fond re-reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective review.

But if you've read any of my other reviews, that won't come as a surprise.

I think it's been a full ten years since the last time I've read this series. And, given that my memory is, well... to put it plainly quite shit, I get to experience the series with
Jun 17, 2013 Alejandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FanTABulous preluDe!

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg & Malcolm Jones III

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


It is NEVER “only a dream”, John Constantine.

Definitely there is stuff that if you read again, you’ll get it differently, but even so, you’ll get it differently if you re-read it again in a different order.

I am re-reading again the first four TPBs of The Sandman since I was able to buy the rest of TPBs of the series,
Bill  Kerwin
May 21, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it

I thought it was time I added The Sandman. It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading. “Hold on!” I can hear all you folks out there saying. “ Your 'systematic program of reading'? Why you're one of the most eclectic readers I know!”

I can understand why you might feel that way, but there is a little method to my madness. Although it is true that some of the books I read (progressive political analyzes, slim 20th century verse collections, cat books, classic spiritual treatises, or t
Bookdragon Sean
Mr Gaiman, thank you for the dream.

See what I did there? But in all fairness this is a dream. This comic is just everything I want a comic to be. It’s dark and brutal; it’s profound and sophisticated: it’s imaginative and creative. I just love everything about it. It’s superb. Let’s begin with the characters:



So the protagonist is a god, a very old god. And he represents one of the key elements of life itself: hope. He is everything the mind longs for. He is the reason to carry on living
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

I need to admit something. I've never "gotten" Neil Gaiman's books. They confuse the hell out of me. I really never know where he is going with a story. *gasp*

This one was some freaky ass shit. Some old guy wants to perform a ceremony to capture "Death". Yeah..okay.
Anyways, he ends up capturing our guy Dream.
Dream bides his time. Then he wants his domain back. Then some more freaky ass shit goes down.

I see a whole lot of fangirls and boys on these books. Don't kill me yet. I have another on
Feb 15, 2016 HFK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
Neil Gaiman is a bit of an black sheep to me.

What I mean by that is that I absolutely adore his ass off. He is one of those authors that writes so beautifully, vividly, creatively that it is almost impossible not to be sucked inside the fantasy worlds he somehow manages to share to us mere mortals. All this despite of the fact that his most popular works are in general the kinds I have no interest, no passion, no need to have on my reading list.

But he is Neil Gaiman. He is my black sheep. He is
Will M.
May 11, 2014 Will M. rated it liked it
One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them. The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up. I am more disappointed than entertained.

I've read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman. I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me. I DNF(did-not-finish) American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored. The Sandman was not that great for me. I think I have to conclude soon enough that I honestly don't see what's so good about
Since joining goodreads, I’ve been baffled by the Neil Gaiman love fest. American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, they appear to be universally loved, and I’ve been skeptical of this emotion that borders on worship. These books are good and all, and I recognize their general accessibility, but I don’t personally find any of them mind blowing literature. Gaiman’s prose is no match for China Mieville’s or Iain M. Banks’ or Ursula LeGuin’s (and countless others who write speculative ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, Comic Lovers

Esta es la primera novela gráfica de estilo occidental que leí y también es el primer comic que leí, dejando de lado a Condorito así que mi opinión tal vez no sea la más calificada en el tema, pero si te interesa, aquí va….

Antes de empezar a leerlo

Como la historia está dividida en siete Capítulos, mi reseña la dividiré en siete

1. El sueño de los justos Al principio estaba bastante perdido, no se explica casi nada, solo son cosas sucediendo, cosas algo tenebrosas, pero bastante confusas, lo que
"I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, Gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?"

"I am hope."

This is my favourite quote from this book, and one of my favourite quotes in general. It's beautiful. And true, thank god, so true.

I really liked this book. I've wanted to read The Sandman for a long time, and after this I'm beginning to grasp why it's become so popular. I really, really hope I can find the rest o
Once I was all done with this book, my very first thought was "This book is really weird."

Neil Gaiman, as all of you know, is a God at creating the most intricate and best of all story worlds. Honestly, every time I pick up his books, I never have a single clue with where he's going to take the readers with his story lines. Reading the blurb seriously does not help. Gaiman's works always have depth and much more stuff going on than what the blurb normally says.

So, I finally have gotten around to
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Decided to re-read this since my library had it. I haven't read this since the 90s. I don't remember anything about it so far. It's kind of like all brand new and sparkly. And creepy. Yes, definitely creepy, in a good way.

And now here's a random Bowie gif that reminded me of this for some reason:

I'm keeping my original rating. This was fantastic. I like how he worked a few superheroes into it and (view spoiler) This is adult comics at its bes
In the foreword and the afterword, both the editor and Gaiman indicated that this isn't the strongest volume in the Sandman series; Gaiman was still finding his vision for the series, it's essentially a fetch quest, etc. I'm inclined to agree with them, although it was still enjoyable (as any video game fan will tell you, a fetch quest can still be fun, but it's not the strongest narrative device). I'm halfway through Volume 2: The Doll's House and I'm already finding the story much more interes ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, horror
3 – 3.5 stars

Ok, so, The Sandman. Ground breaking comic series from the early days of DC’s innovative Vertigo line. One of the many comics of the era that was trying to do new (or at least different) things with the medium and even went so far as to not only NOT be primarily a superhero book, but one that had elements that hearkened back to the old days of anthology comics in addition to telling the serialized life story of the ‘hero’. I know I’m in the minority here, and I will admit that my op
Oct 22, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this is cool. (do people still say cool?) Preludes & Nocturnes is the first of twelve in THE SANDMAN series that I have put off reading far too long.....

It begins June 6, 1916 in Wych Cross, England.....

In an attempt to capture and bind DEATH to achieve immortality, the creepy looking and evil Daemon King, Roderick Burgess mistakenly apprehends her brother DREAM instead.....

DREAM (Morpheus) is robbed of his powers, but will not talk....."Confined in a glass box for three score years and

Kayıp Rıhtım
Onu hepimiz tanıyoruz. Kumlarını insanların gözlerine serpiştiren bir uyku tanrısı o. Yunan mitolojisinde Morpheus, Afrika’da Kai’ckul… Kardeşleri olan Sonsuzlar arasında ise Rüya onun adı. Pek çok şarkı ve mitteyse Sandman…

Sandman, Neil Gaiman’ın magnum opusu olduğu kadar, DC’nin bugün efsaneleşmiş pek çok eserini bastığı Vertigo markasının kuruluşunda da bir kırılma noktası. Evet evet, hepiniz biliyorsunuz ki o bir efsane. Belki de bunu duymaktan bıktınız. Ama emin olun, bunun için geçerli ned
Mar 25, 2013 Brad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I have to say I enjoyed this much better the second time around.

Both times I really got a kick out of the Crowley sidestory, and I still have no idea who or what the original sandman comic was all about, nor do I particularly care, but this reimagining is a real work of art.

It's not even the art, per-se, although I did enjoy seeing Bowie as Satan. It fits him so well. It was the story. It seemed to stumble about for a short while as 70 years of imprisonment turned a very old god into a shadow,
May 28, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
I liked the beginning, when Dream was captured. The mystical elements held my attention. However, the middle of it kind of grossed me out. Especially the part in with Dee in the diner. EWWWW. The end of Preludes and Nocturnes totally made up for it, though. I loved Death! How cool is she?! Whoever came up with the idea to make Death a peppy little goth girl was a genius!
POPSugar Reading Challenge: #39. The first book in a series I haven't read before

The air is musty, tired, old, it smells of lost dreams and rotten fabric.

I would have to sell my kidney and part of my liver to acquire this. Fortunately, I have a friend who has a copy, so my organs are safe. Now, whether or not he sold his organs to buy this is unknown to me, but I am glad he has the book.

Now, I am no longer a Gaiman virgin; I've read a fair few of his riveting stories. And yet, his knowledge,
Sam Quixote
I read this one some 10 years or so ago when I was slowly returning to comics and, having re-read it now, I still maintain that Preludes and Nocturnes is a poor place to start with this series - though it’s a decent book.

My first time around, I read Sandman totally out of sequence starting with Vol 3, then Vol 5, then a couple more volumes (I was just grabbing whatever was on the shelves that week!) and I read Vol 1 towards the end thinking what an unimpressive first volume it was.

I’d recommen
Hazal Çamur
Oct 31, 2016 Hazal Çamur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harika çeviri, harika baskı, harika kurgu.

Neil Gaiman bize Sandman’i sunarken peşi sıra bir o kadar da birikim getirmiş. Çünkü Sandman’in bu ilk cildinde Homeros’un Odysseia’sından İncil’e; John Milton’ın Kayıp Cenneti’nden Shakespeare’in Julius Caeser ve Macbeth oyunlarına; Dante’nin Cehennem’inden (Inferno) Mary Poppins’e kadar uzun bir yol var.

Edebi olduğu kadar "ebedi" de bir eser. İyi ki Elif Ersavcı çevirmiş de repliklerin şiirselliğini yitirmemişiz. Kendisine tekrar hayran kaldım.
Oct 14, 2016 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 11, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, comics
Sandman has been on my radar for years. In a way I'm glad I've waited, because now that I've read 4 or 5 of the author's other books, I have a better idea of his style and thematic preferences and I can appreciate better how innovative and original his approach to the sequential art medium is. Urban fantasy that doesn't limits itself to crime investigations and vampires versus werewolves, superheroes that are fallible and make mistakes, adult content that doesn't drown you in bad language, nudi ...more
Mar 29, 2017 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
There really is not much to say besides how much I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. I am glad that I just went and bought the first three novels. My library didn't have this copy, but also the one I read (volume 2) was much older and with these new editions I bought, I can see a lot easier while reading.

In "Preludes and Nocturnes" I get to see how Dream got locked away and how that impacted the world. I wish now that I had read this volume before volume 2 since now certain things
Mar 08, 2012 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the "Sandman" series!
6 stars!

“In a fairy tale story, once all the children are asleep, the Sandman will come in and sprinkle magic dust in children’s eyes and give them sweet dreams.”

At least, that is the interpretation we get about the Sandman. However, in this graphic novel, we are about to enter a world where the Sandman is a magical being of the Dream world, but the world of the Sandman is much darker and more disturbing than you can ever imagine! “The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes” is a comic series writt
Nov 27, 2016 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η ανάγνωση του Σάντμαν, δηλαδή η ώρα που έφτανε να ανοίξω τις σελίδες του, ήταν μια μαγική στιγμή. Την καθυστερούσα, την προσέγγιζα σταδιακά. Ενόσω ο Γκέιμαν άρχισε να γίνεται ένας από τους αγαπημένους μου συγγραφείς, άρχισα να μαθαίνω περισσότερα για το κόμικ. Δεν το αγόρασα αμέσως, όχι. Πέρασε καιρός, μέχρι που πήρα τον πρώτο τόμο και ακολούθως συγκέντρωσα μερικούς ακόμα. Η διαδικασία που περιέγραψα μπορεί και να πήρε και δυο χρόνια μέχρι να ξεκινήσω αυτόν τον τόμο. Ίσως οι περισσότεροι να μην ...more
Aziz Varlık
Dec 24, 2016 Aziz Varlık rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: çizgi-roman
İkinci kez okuyorum. Çevirisi çok daha başarılı. Ve tabi baskı kaliteside.
Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is such a legendary comic series that it needs no introduction at this point. It ran from 1989 to 1996 as the flagship series for DC imprint Vertigo Comics, indicating a shift to more mature content. This came shortly after the arrival of Alan Moore’s Watchmen (1986) and Frank Miller’s Batman: Dark Knight Returns (1986), heralding a renaissance in the comic book industry. No longer were writers satisfied with superheroes knocking out super villains with visual sound-eff ...more
Caro M.
I think I'm in love...

P.S. (added on 2015/06/23) So I wasn't just trippin'! Lucifer in fact WAS modelled on David Bowie! Artist Kelley Jones revealed in Hanging Out with the Dream King that "Neil was adamant that the Devil was David Bowie. He just said, ‘He is. You must draw David Bowie. Find David Bowie, or I’ll send you David Bowie. Because if it isn’t David Bowie, you’re going to have to redo it until it is David Bowie.’ So I said, ‘Okay, it’s David Bowie..." Yay! (source: http://www.gamesrad
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller. I like to think of him as the modern fairytale creator. He is adept at creating unique stories that just blow the mind.

This graphic novel is no different, though as early Gaiman works go, it could be seen as "rougher". Make no mistake, it is for MATURE audiences. Rape, brutal murders, drugs - these are just a taste. It can be a bit much, particularly if you aren't expecting it. The art is raw and gritty, perfect for this type of comic, though no
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“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.

MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.

CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.

MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.

CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.

MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.

CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope.”
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