Friday, September 6, 2013
Comic #2: The Sandman, Volume 1
Info: DC Comics, copyright 1998, 240 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): After years of imprisonment, Dream embarks on a journey to retrieve his stolen power.
A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer.
So I'm two for two on the comic book front. Another excellent story that I will most definitely be continuing. Dream/Morpheus is an interesting character. While I don't fully understand yet what he does exactly (as opposed to his sister Death), I'm excited to see where the story is headed now that he's retrieved all of his objects of power. Gaiman is Gaiman, a genius, but the storytelling wasn't quite as smooth as Moore's Swamp Thing.
Much to my surprise, and enjoyment, the DC Universe thing caught me off guard once again. There I am, reading along, and all of the sudden there is a character that is very familiar. The same demon from the Swamp Thing! And the weird devil, demon, fly guy! And the Justice League! So very interesting how things came together. I'll have to tackle Marvel next and see how they meld and share storylines. I was a little concerned to find out that David Bowie was the devil :)
Next Up: Out of Boneville by Jeff Smith