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  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Slp edition (14 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140121083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210830
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 5.8 x 38.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Easily the best comics series around." Time Out "A spellbinding series." The Sunday Times "A comic strip for intellectuals." - Norman Mailer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys, and won critical acclaim for his first feature film, Mirrormask, with long-time collaborator Dave McKean. His current project is making a big-screen version of his comic Death: The High Cost of Living. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Matthewman on 4 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
This second volume of The Absolute Sandman covers a purple patch in Neil Gaiman's epic series. Every page of the original run has been digitally remastered to produce the highest quality reproduction - and in the impressive hardback cover and larger page size, it's a sight to behold.

A couple of revisionist elements jar slightly. Colleen Dolan has re-inked her issue of "A Game of You" (originally Sandman #34), while a panel in "The Hunt" has been completely redrawn because the original (depicting a pair of werewolves mating) apparently looked a little too like just a man and a wolf. I remain unconvinced that the revisions bring any enhancements to the table.

The same cannot be said of the extras: a never-before-reprinted story about Destiny, various artists' interpretations of Morpheus (previously published as A Gallery of Dream), various other reprints and Gaiman's script for one of the Season of Mists issues, illustrated by the original pencil drafts for the same issue.

This impressive and weighty book is an invaluable record of one of the comics world's landmark series, and will be an essential part of any Sandman fan's (suitably reinforced) bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Fellingham on 4 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
Please be aware that this is VOLUME 2 which is reprint of issues 21-39 of THE SANDMAN. Other than that, its a beautiful hard-backed copy of some of the best comics I've ever read. An absolute must for any Sandman/Neil Gaiman fan.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb 2014
Format: Hardcover
Neil Gaiman's shorter Sandman stories are like gems. But honestly, I've always preferred the longer arc-stories that fill out an entire collection -- and "The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2" brings together two of those stories, full of the richness of Gaiman's imagination and his entrancingly vivid characters.

"A Season of Mists" opens with a meeting of the Endless going wrong when Morpheus is challenged about his past treatment of his lover Nada. Chastened, he decides to go to Hell and free her. But when he gets there, Morpheus learns that Lucifer is tired of being the lord of Hell, and is busy shutting the whole place down.

Unfortunately, this means leaving the souls of the damned to wander the Earth. He gives ownership of it to Morpheus, but unsurprisingly Morpheus isn't interested. And soon various powers begin appearing to claim it -- ancient gods, demons, Order, Chaos, and Faerie. Who will become the new lords of Hell?

"A Game of You" picks up with Barbie, a very minor character from "The Doll's House," who has broken up with her husband and moved to New York. There she lives in an apartment building with her M-to-F buddy Wanda, a lesbian couple, a weird prim lady named Thessaly, and a weird guy.

But then she has a run-in with an imaginary creature from her childhood, who gives her a magical jewel with his dying breath. Soon Barbie is pulled into the fantasy world of her childhood, where she battles a mysterious enemy called the Cuckoo. But Thessaly and her neighbors set out to rescue her before she is lost forever -- and New York with her.

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