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The Sandman Universe #1

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The story is plotted by Gaiman and written by Spurrier, Hopkinson, Watters and Howard, featuring art by Bilquis Evely with cover art by Jae Lee.

Daniel, the lord of Dreams, has gone missing and it causes chaos in the kingdom of dreams…A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library of all the unwri
Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Vertigo
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Sam Quixote
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Like DC Universe Rebirth #1 a couple years ago, The Sandman Universe #1 is a one-shot sizzle reel showcasing the upcoming line’s titles. And, like DC Universe Rebirth #1, The Sandman Universe #1 buh-looooooows!

There are four new Sandman spin-off comics on the way for any emo goffs still moping around to get their jizz in a tizz: The Dreaming and House of Whispers in September, Lucifer and The Books of Magic in October. This issue gives us a peek into what to expect from those titles:
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Sandman Universe gets bigger!

This is a special one-shot introducing the storyline to be developed in the incoming DC Vertigo comic books: “The Dreaming”, “Books of Magic”, “House of Whispers” and “Lucifer”, forming the new “The Sandman Universe”.

Creative Team:

Creator: Neil Gaiman

Writers: Simon Spurrier, Kat Howard, Nalo Hopkinson & Dan Watters

Illustrators: Bilquis Evely, Tom Fowler, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Max and Sebastian Fiumara


For Sandman's 30th anniversary DC decided to celebrate with a blatant editorial cash grab, once again launching (or re-launching) a whole universe based on Neil Gaiman's famous comic book. This one-shot is meant to be a preview of the four new series that are about to start this fall, and none of them leave a particularly good impression. This is Sandman passed through a calculating corporate lens, stripping Gaiman's unique and distinctive work for its most marketable aspects.

Every segment feat
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
While being tonally consistent with the original Sandman series with illustrations that really gave me genuine 90s nostalgia, The Sandman Universe #1's main problem is its main plot: Dream is missing. It's been a joy to see those beloved characters like Marv, Lucien, Matthew and the brothers Cain and Abel (not Lucifer though, it pained to see him in that state), the band and the overall story is missing its biggest piece: The Endless himself.

The Sandman Universe is more of an introdu
Wing Kee
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful expansion of the world.

This is a single issue so I won’t break down my review into sections like I normally do but share my general thoughts without spoilers. I loved the Sandman series for it’s tone and it’s pacing and this single issue feels like that, there are some parts that feel more but overall it’s pretty great to recapture that feeling. The first section is wonderful and is exactly more of the stuff I want, Daniel and Dora and the characters in the dreaming will
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A confusing rant written much too late at night.

Sometime ago, perhaps around the time of the New 52, or when it became evident to corporate and editorial that the reboot was a creative and commercial failure--a shift occurred. A crack formed in the DC Universe. It at first perhaps like the serpent's curse of Superman's symbol. Just a small little chip in the foundation. There was a lot of money being made in movies, tv and merchandising. Across the pond on the otherside of the Omniverse, The Ho
Al Young
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I regretted the book the moment I arrived home.

Damn you DC!

Why the buyer's remorse? Well, I saw something with Gaiman's name on it, and my Pavlovian instinct to pick it up kicked in. But, this is Gaiman "at the helm" on a book which is a jumping on point for some new Vertigo books.

Hell, I even fell for that. I usually complain about the way Vertigo is ran, but this actually sounded like a cool relaunch. This was an intro for four Gaiman-themed relaunches- books that have
Juho Pohjalainen
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
You can't have a great big world-spanning crisis in every bloody issue. The whole term will lose its meaning.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"There is a place, where--for as long as a sleeper can sleep--stories are spun"
WOW. JUST WOW. I've plunged into this without any background of The Sand Man, Lucifer, Tim's story, and the Whispers. But, dang. For a short issue, this one had flung me into a surreal world I'm definitely going to fall in love. The illustrations were beautifully drawn and the details! THE DETAILS GUYS It's so freaktastic and I can't wait for the next issue this September!!!! Definitely an unexpected fave for this year.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many readers will be drawn here "with whispers that shone like silver foil and still-cooling eyeballs". It is indeed a welcome return to the librarian, the crows, and the godlike characters that never do what they are supposed to do (or, in other words, a "buncha myths and goddamn metaphors"). Read this - but don't read the blurb on goodreads. That's currently a precis of all five comic titles that will combine to create, er, something. I've always admired rather than loved the Sandman world, kn ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4 because reasons..

I have fix feelings on the ending. Actually I have mix feeling everything they introduce in this.

They didn't promise a Sandman Universe issue 2. They just introduce multiple series that some I care and some I dont.

Is this an:
World building.
Introducing us to the wider universe of DC after the Dark Knights Metal.
Fleshing Out.
A final farewell?!
Cash grabs???

Not sure.

Im gonna edit
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
First of all, I didn't give the 3 stars lightly. The art is stunning and refreshing after reading the previous series with the style of the 80s-90s. It's just that the plot seems to become more complicated, meaning that maybe we will not have many appearances of Dream-Daniel.

Of course I'll come back to these comics. It's Neil Gaiman and his writing has never disappointed me.
I think though that I'll head back and read Lucifer's comics.

His story is intriguing.
Brandon St Mark
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting opening issue, however some parts weren't that interesting. I plan on trying all of the titles that'll come out of this, but The Dreaming and Lucifer are the two that seem the most interesting to me.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps! So happy to be back in The Dreaming. Artwork is amazing!
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite the mostly positive reviews this seems to get, there’s a few detractors. Some say it’s a cash grab, as if all products for purchase aren’t for cash. I’m not sure how they determine that other than they walked into this cynical. The other criticism seems to be that this one-shot didn’t change their life and just acts as an introduction to the four series to be under this banner. All I have to say to that is, “duh.”

Criticizing a thing for what it’s attempting to be is like comp
Jamie Connolly
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was good. I wish I could say the same for the spinoffs that followed it. I can't because the spinoffs sucked(in case my sarcasm didn't translate into written words).
Arjun Iyer
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blurb: In the beginning, there was the Word, and the Word was with Dream, and the Word was Dream.

Pardon the biblical nature of the blurb, but I could not help myself. Neil Gaiman's Sandman has always been to me like the first religious sermon one receives as a child; beyond comprehension, but possessing a certain gravitas. Over the years the exploits of Morpheus and his curious creations from the Dreaming have given me endless hours of discovery and fright and I'm happy to say that this new ex
Heider Carlos
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a showcase for the upcoming comic books based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman. So we don't have anything near an ending here. We got a lot of character or situations being introduced. And four new comic books where they'll unfold in the next months.

We knew that Sandman wouldn't be left alone for long. Too much money involved. And we already had quite a few comic books based on it, four of wich are coming back: Books of Magic is one of my favorite Vertigo titles, and Lucifer one of m
Tim Nowotny
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes, this is playing very closely to nostalgia, but you know what? I am in. The artwork is nice and for me it went into some unexpected places. The only hope that I have (especially for Lucifer) is that it somehow ties in a reasonable way
Danielle  Lucas
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This was beautiful. Can't wait to read more of this world. Already have The Dreaming to read!
Carbonbased Bookworm
Hm hm hm...
hard to say anything about this right now...
it is simply too short for making any justified judgment.

“Just tell great stories”, Neil Gaiman said to four writers of upcoming 4 series from Sandman universe (The Dreaming, Books of Magic, House of Whispers and Lucifer).
And I hope they will.
Although it is really hard to have humble expectations, I am looking forward to reading more.
Book Nerd Shenanigans
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid way to start the Sandman Universe and tie all the different comic series together. I’m excited to see where these go even though I’m usually skeptical about reboots. Neil Gaiman chose all the writers and artists so I’m cool with all of this.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Growing up as a child of the 80s, there used to be these Saturday morning cartoon preview shows on prime time television. With a mish-mash plot and guest stars from random other shows, they'd promote all the shows they wanted kids to watch in the next season. (The one I particularly remember was called "Back to Next Saturday", which is possibly the highest concentration of 80's to have ever existed.) Sandman Universe #1 is the comic book equivalent of that -- a random threat-plot to the Sandman ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic, bought-2018
I promise I'll like something again soon... But quite meh! It started in the dreaming very obviously not scripted by Neil Himself. It just felt awkward. It wasn't really a story just an introduction to the latest Dreaming inspired spin offs. Now Sandman has had spin offs before, Lucifer, Books of Magic and they were quite excellent, especially Lucifer. But for some reason this just screamed FRANCHISE rather than story. Lucifer, Dreaming and the Books of Magic stories just felt like stories that ...more
Brighton Muse
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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William Jackson
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Only the second Sandman tale I've ever read, and it left me with the same sense I had towards it from way back in the 90's. Very, very good characters: Daniel, Matthew the Raven, Mervyn, Lucien. A library in the Dreaming for books that will never be written is a stupendous idea. Watching Cain constantly slay Abel, though, is so repetitive and dull it got old fast. The Dreaming is a grand idea, but I suppose, on a personal note, I've had such vivid dreams throughout life (smell, touch, the whole ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate the way the stories are tied into each other, rather than just having short previews of the four series that are branching off of the Neil Gaiman classic series. There are some hints of interesting things to come - the Books of Magic teaser brought back fond memories of the previous series, while the introduction of Dora in the Dreaming offered a very intriguing new character. However, the Lucifer introduction was a hard bounce, which is disappointing considering how much I loved Mi ...more
Katie Blagden
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I was so excited to return to the world of The Sandman, however this fell flat. Set after Morpheus' demise and Dream's reincarnation in the form of Daniel, the story suffers in Morpheus' and now Daniel's absence.

The story kicks off with Daniel abandoning the Dreaming. The writers do a good job of exploring the fallout of his absence, however nothing hits home with the same impact as it did in the original. New characters and ideas seem retro-fitted to the world and the moral message is delivere
Sylvia Bruggen
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This really is a three star book. It's basically a setup for a couple of new series of comic books, of which one earned this book an extra star. I will get to that one later.

For the rest, it was a hit and miss. Didn't care much for Lucifer, house of whispers sounded really interesting and it was so nice to see some of my favourite inhabitants of The Dreaming.

The one thing I didn't expect was how happy I was to see Tim Hunter again, and I gladly give Sandman Universe an extra star for it.

James Lawner
This was amazing, but this mostly serves as an introduction/set-up to the new Sandman-related titles coming later in 2018. I personally enjoyed The Dreaming and Books of Magic segments of this issue, but I haven’t actually read their original series, but maybe it won’t be such a big deal now? Also, some shit went down in Dark Nights: Metal, and I haven’t read that yet, and it kinda ties in with the status quo of The Dreaming.
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