Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Wake (The Sandman, #10)” as Want to Read:
The Wake (The Sandman, #10)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Wake

(The Sandman #10)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  42,333 ratings  ·  1,218 reviews
When a Dream ends, there is only one thing left to do...


In which the repercussions of the Death of Lord Morpheus are felt, and, in an epilogue, William Shakespeare learns the price of getting what you want.

This is the tenth and final volume of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, described by author Mikal Gilmore in his introduction as "nothing less than a popular culture master
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published September 3rd 1999 by Vertigo (first published 1996)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.52  · 
Rating details
 ·  42,333 ratings  ·  1,218 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Wake (The Sandman, #10)
Brilliant. So my review that took me really long to write somehow got deleted... :( Hate that. (Actually, it almost got lost for the second time, thankfully I was smarter this time and copied it.)

So, this is it? The end? It seems almost...sad. But definitely strange. Like I should hold a wake. Or maybe I already did.

"Everybody’s here. You’re here."

"You were there."

I finally got to the point that I could finish this series. And this remains my favourite comics series and the best thing Neil
A weak ending for such impressive series

Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, & Joe J Muth

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


Nobody died. How can you kill an idea? How can you kill the personification of an action?

This final volume (from the regular series while there are still some other TPBs yet to read about) is dedicated by Gaiman to Dave McKean for his amazing work doing the covers of all single comic book issues
Bill Kerwin

This is the final volume–if you exclude the prequel—of the Sandman series, but it is really more coda than conclusion. Half of it consists of the “wake” itself (Morpheus’ wak, funeral services, and related events) and the other half of three stand-alone tales that provide a philosophical commentary on the life and death of Dream.

The wake itself will be a moving and interesting for most faithful reader of the series, as we reacquaint ourselves with most of the characters we remember—and a few we
Sean Gibson
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An appropriately contemplative denouement for a series that, when considered as a whole, suggests that Neil Gaiman is either:

1) A certified genius whose ability to blend myth, folklore, imagination, social issues, and pop culture puts him at the absolute apex of storytelling masters working today, regardless of medium; or

2) An authentic whacko whose ingestion of psychotropic fungus is of such heroically epic proportions that it would slay an entire army of genetically engineered giant yaks with
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
a word of warning : might be a major spoiler to read on if you don't know what went on in the previous volume ( The Kindly Ones ). (view spoiler)

The Wake is a farewell, a last gathering of all the oddball characters that accompanied us into the realm of the Lord of Dreaming, but also a celebration of the power of imagination. Sadness prevails, inevitably, at saying goodbye to the Endless family, to the denize
Johann (jobis89)
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again.... parts are probably lost on me. Would really benefit from a reread someday!!
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm quite sad that it's over.I've been reading the books since September and I've never read such creative, interesting, philosophical graphic novels with such great characters. It was interesting to see all the stories come together in the end.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Probably 4.5 stars. I really loved this until the final piece The Tempest. I wasn't a big fan of that section. I think I might like it more on a re-read for meaning, but it was a bit lackluster on first impression compared to the emotion of the other sections. However I'm rounding up to 5 stars because Gaiman.

“Just remember, what the French say. No, probably not the French, they've got a president or something. The Brits, maybe, or the Swedes. You know what I mean?"

"No, Matthew. What do they say
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final volume in the Sandman series is a bit odd, and I'm wavering between giving it 3 and 4 stars. The first half of the book deals with the wake held for Morpheus, and is rather touching and satisfactory wrap-up to the series. The final half, however, seem anticlimatic and out of place. The issues about Hob and Shakespeare do have an "end" feeling to them and appropriately concludes their stories that were started in earlier volumes, but I'm not sure what the issue about the exiled advisor ...more
Sandman, Vol 10: The Wake: Incredible artwork and a moving coda

Don't read this unless you've already read the previous volumes. It's the last volume of the epic SANDMAN saga, and one of my favorites. You’d think that it being a wake, a celebration and remembrance of the passing of someone, I found it filled with not only with melancholy, but an equal amount of empathy and gentle humor at the lives of all beings both mortal and immortal, god or faithful companion. It also has, by far, the most ra
So this is where we wake up. After being lulled by the nocturnes, after trekking the steep places that only exists when we slumber, after journeying with the good and the bad and the in-betweens, after hurrying to and from the heart of the Dreaming, there will come a time when we need to open our eyes. Nightmares or good dreams—they have to end sometime..

Those were the words that came in my head some time ago, when I was about to read the last volume of this beloved series for the first time. I
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the end.Well volume 10 is more of an epilogue.
This was intriguing series, sure it had low points but when it was good it was among best graphic novels and among best Gaimans work overall.Only thing that was bad throughout the series where illustrations, there where several different illustrators but I don't think any of them did a good job.

Overall rating for the whole series:4.5 stars
Caro the Helmet Lady
So it's over. I feel a bit sad that it is. And especially because The Tempest arc was so beautiful. Neil Gaiman knows how to break your heart. And melt it. And do many other things to it. Bloody bastard. Sigh. I need a rehab, I think.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Around 12 months ago, I started to read Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' series.

I borrowed the first collection, Preludes & Nocturnes, from the library and that's where my obsession started. It had me hooked from the start, and I haven't stopped since. Neil Gaiman has since become my favourite writer.

I have started to read some of his short stories, and some of his novels. The obsession just keeps growing!

I'm SO sad to see The Sandman come to an end, but it's been an emotional, and amazing journey.

Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, I did it - I read the entire series. I figured I could just use this very last volume as a place to review the series as a whole, why not?

For starters, I've read most of this before. Somewhere along the line I kind of dropped out of comics, so I missed out on World's End and everything after. Eventually a few years later I picked up The Kindly Ones to see how the whole thing ended, and I'm not gonna lie: I was still really into Sandman, apparently, and the final scene with Morpheus and his
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
The tenth in the Sandman series is a conclusion of what went before. One of the Endless, Morpheus, has ceased to be, and there is to be a gathering of his family, dreamers and other mourners to commemorate his life. As preparations for the funeral begin, Daniel Hall, who has become the new Sandman, meets with Morpheus’s family. He has already started to look like the previous Dream.

The mourners are an eclectic bunch, mot only are there the family, but there are a smattering of superhero’s and ch
🍁 Antonella 🍁
"... and then,
fighting to stay asleep,
wishing it would go on for ever,
sure that once the dream was over, it would never come back,

... you woke up."

I am a mess.

Fare you well, Sandman.
sally ✿
“That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.”

Oh wow. What an ending.
Who would have ever thought that one volume from a fantastic graphic novel series would be one of the most memorable and tear jerking stories ever written? That is what the tenth volume in Neil Gaiman’s brilliant “Sandman” series “The Wake” is all about! Long time fans of the fantastic “Sandman” series will mourn along with the main characters over the death of Dream while experiencing the different emotions running through the characters along the way.

After Morpheus (Dream) ended up sacrificing
David Schaafsma
This is a terrific finish to an impressive epic series that has its place as among the great works without question on comics history, and is one of comics's contribution to literature and the literature of fantasy, story, and horror. So if what happens in The Kindly Ones is (spoiler alert) the death of Dream, and tying up loose ends, dramatic but… as far as what happens, not all that memorable given the huge number of pages allotted to the volume, well, this volume is also sort of predictable, ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bechdel-pass, graphic
I was one of those teens. But flicking through this I don't feel nostalgia, but, surprisingly a new respect and appreciation for the dark romantic aesthetic & philosophy I 'outgrew'. Suddenly I realise the smug contempt I have felt for my former self and the scene was completely misdirected and unfair. After years of being practically allergic to black velvet and lace, I think a little bit of reconciliation is overdue, so I'm glad I picked this up again.

The Sandman series does justice to the var
Paul Nelson
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Starting the Sandman series is a pretty daunting task, 10 volumes and 75 issues is a hell of a lot of investment in both cost and time but I'm glad I did it. The only Neil Gaiman stuff I'd read before was American Gods but I will definitely add him to my favourite authors list on what I've read so far.
Covering the funeral and the Wake of Morpheus, or Dream of the Endless we watch as the Endless prepare and the people in the dreaming travel to the Wake, there's lots of people we've seen before an
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it's true the series could've ended with the preceding volume, I'm glad we're granted this final one with its gentle pace, its thoughtfulness, its forgiveness. (Near the end, I realized it's the only volume without even a bit of gore. Though the previous instances of explicit horror were never gratuitous, the lack is probably another positive for me.)

Because of the frisson I experienced at Shakespeare's talking of "backstage" while not realizing where Morpheus calls home and because of the
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a sad and deeply nostalgic first few volumes, even when there wasn't any actual recapitulations going on. It's the nature of a wake, or a waking from a dream. It was the letdown, the reminiscence, the transition that made these so powerful.

Death is not the end, and indeed, it is not the end at all, but the waking from the dream.

Pure poetry.

Of course the remaining volumes do much the same, especially the last with our very own Shakespeare, with Prospero breaking his staff. Ah yes, the stri
This is the second time while reading this series I have been sorely tempted to give one of these five stars, and I probably will when I revisit in future. What's holding me back right now is that for most of this, I was only mildly emotionally engaged, but the very last issue, "The Tempest," is one of my favorite things in this series, and maybe that Gaiman has ever written. I got a little teary while reading it, and in a different state of mind, I might have full out cried.

The story of The Sa
Wing Kee
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful melancholy finish

World: The art has been amazing since the start of the series and it is the same here. The frames the beautiful creative world and the tone that it sets for this world is exquisite. The world building is so utterly beautiful in this final arc. All the little pieces that Gaiman has created come into play, everyone gets their moment.

Story: The story us melancholy and a beautiful thing. It's slow and meticulous in its emotions and execution and readers really feel the
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I am a huge fan of Gaiman's "Sandman" series. It is an amazing work of imagination and prose. Nearly every volume of it garners a 4-5 star rating. This final volume, which is still excellent, is a slight disappointment in relation to the quality of the previous volumes.

The Wake is what is sounds like-all and sundry of the most powerful beings come to pay their respects to Morpheus. Even as a new avatar of the Dream arises, the old is laid to rest. It is an eulogy by those who have walked his pat
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful end to the Sandman and one I will remember fondly.
One thing about this book: it's boring

Okay, I do understand that this is a funeral and that it isn't really fair to expect a lot of action or Gaiman's trademark humor in it. But when I pick up any book (especially one of Neil Gaiman's) I do expect to be at least mildly intrigued by the array of characters, plot, or dammit anything that makes a book a freakin' book. This, however was nothing but pages after pages of monologue that is not necessarily touching or informative and is quite honestly s
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: combine books 2 10 Dec 13, 2018 11:40AM  
The Endless... and more 8 49 Feb 08, 2013 02:47PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
  • Lucifer, Book Two (Lucifer, #2)
  • Lucifer, Book One (Lucifer, #1)
  • Lucifer, Vol. 6: Mansions of the Silence
  • The Little Endless Storybook
  • Lucifer, Book Five (Lucifer, #5)
  • The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations (the Sandman Universe)
  • Lucifer, Book Four (Lucifer, #4)
  • Lucifer, Book Three (Lucifer, #3)
  • Books of Magic Vol. 1: Moveable Type (the Sandman Universe)
  • Death: At Death's Door
  • Lucifer (2018) Vol. 2: The Divine Tragedy
  • Lucifer (2018) Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe)
  • The Sandman (Sandman Audible Original, #1)
  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 3: The Curse
  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death
  • Lucifer, Vol. 10: Morningstar
  • Y: The Last Man Vol. 3: One Small Step
See similar books…

Other books in the series

The Sandman (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
  • The Doll's House (The Sandman, #2)
  • Dream Country (The Sandman, #3)
  • Season of Mists (The Sandman, #4)
  • A Game of You (The Sandman, #5)
  • Fables & Reflections (The Sandman, #6)
  • Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7)
  • Worlds' End (The Sandman, #8)
  • The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)
  • The Sandman: Endless Nights (The Sandman)

Related Articles

As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young...
50 likes · 17 comments
“That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.” 1146 likes
“Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost.” 757 likes
More quotes…