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Sandman: Endless Nights [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman , Various
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24 Oct 2003 Sandman
Neil Gaiman's enormously successful Sandman series, which won millions of fans as well as remarkable critical acclaim, introduced The Endless - Dream, Destiny, Death, Desire, Delirium, Despair and Destruction - a family of beings who existed outside the worlds of the gods. Now, in this all-new hardback collection, Gaiman presents tales of the Endless, accompanied by some of the world's finest artists, including Moebius (The Incal), Milo Manara, P. Craig Russell (Murder Mysteries), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra Lives Again), Miguelanxo Prado, Liberatore (Ranxerox) and Barron Storey.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840235357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840235357
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 18.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With The Sandman: Endless Nights, bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to the characters (and medium) that made him famous. It's a collection of seven short stories, each illustrated by some of the best artists working in contemporary comics (eg, Frank Quitely, Glenn Fabry and Milo Manara) and focusing on the Endless--the anthropomorphic manifestations of seven universal concepts: Death, Desire, Dream, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. So, it's a collection of fantasy stories, but don't let that put you off. Gaiman is much more than a typical fantasy storyteller--his strength has always been his ability to ground his epic concepts within a sympathetically human framework. That's one of the reasons why the original Sandman series was so successful--nowadays, thanks to the work of creators like Neil Gaiman (and, of course, Alan Moore), it's difficult to remember a time when comics (or graphic novels, or sequential storytelling, or whatever people want to call them nowadays) weren't taken very seriously as a "grown-up" medium.

That said, Endless Nights is a bit hit and miss. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the best story here is Dream ("The Heart of a Star"), where Gaiman and artist Miguelanxo Prado revisit the Sandman's protagonist and tell a short, poignant love story from the character's past, carefully constructed to please fans without baffling newcomers. "15 Portraits of Despair", with Barron Storey's art and Dave McKean's designs, is not a story but a collection of darkly-toned, disturbing vignettes, while Bill Sienkiewicz's art for Delirium ("Going Inside") is appropriately manic and unhinged. But, unfortunately, some of the stories here lack any real depth: Frank Quitely's art for Destiny ("Endless Nights") adds a grandiose scale to a story that is little more than a character sketch (albeit a beautiful one), while the Destruction story ("On the Peninsula") squanders what could have been an interesting idea if Gaiman had had more time and space to flesh it out. Still, Endless Nights should be enough to keep Sandman fans happy, while acting as a useful introduction to these characters for any newcomers. And if it gets more people reading Sandman, that can only be a good thing. --Robert Burrow


"...a classic collection of fantasy tales with stunning illustrative work by a host of top artists..." -- Sunday Mercury Birmingham 6 February 2005

"Gaiman has definitely not lost his touch on the series which made his name..." -- Go! Essex Chronicle, week ending November 12 2004, review by Matt Adams

At once part of a wonderful comic tradition, and also a great collection of illustrated short stories. -- Guardian, October 25 2003

Wonderful Sandman moments .... beautiful artwork ... an exquisite treat for Sandman fans. -- Dreamwatch. issue 111

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 19 Sep 2003
By Eolake
As you might be aware, The Sandman saga (1988 to 1996) is one of the finest comic stories ever told for adults. Well, this beautiful volume contains some of the most wonderful Sandman stories ever written by Neil Gaiman. And all new too!
What is more, Gaiman has collaborated with some of the finest artists one might find for the job. Like Milo Manara and Bill Sienkiewicz. Just amazing stuff.
One warning: this is not your father's comics. It is not particularly easy reading. One might even call it challenging without fear of exaggerating. And this goes for both the writing and the art.
One will get a little extra from the stories if one is familiar with Gaiman's Sandman epic. But it is not necessary, and I doubt anybody who appreciates brilliant avant-garde comic storytelling will not find this to be more than interesting.
To be honest, I was moved to tears several times. Thanks Neil, you rule, hard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By M. W. Hatfield VINE VOICE
An addendum to the Sandman canon, a celebration of the series, and a chance for Gaiman to
work with some of the greatest graphic artists of the age.All laudable aims- and with talent such as P.Craig Russell, Milo Manara, and Frank Quitely on board, not to mention the legendary Barron Storey and the design talents of long-time collaborator Dave Mckean, this was never going to be a
complete waste of time. And yet.......
And yet, this is an average collection of tales,and Gaiman is NOT an average writer. Too many of the stories leave the reader thinking "So what?"..a particular offender here is the Destiny tale, beautifully illustrated by Frank Quitely, but bereft of plot or interest. This heightens the fact that Gaiman never knew what to do with Destiny in the series proper,other than having him wander around omniscient
and aimless- an atheist's idea of Destiny, perhaps. Likewise Despair-ugly and gripping illustrations, yes, but ultimately pointless. The Destruction tale- a cast-off RA Lafferty idea reads like a cast-off Twilight Zone episode. Gaiman-and we-deserve better than this!
There are bright spots. As always with Gaiman, Death and Dream inspire him to write interesting stories,and these tales come to life, though the Death tale is essentially "Masque of the Red Death" revisited, and the Dream tale is really a nod to DC comics continuity, though appealingly done.
Is it worth the money?For the art, the design, the presentation-emphatically, yes! A beautiful presentation. For the content This is Gaiman at his worst,derivative,aimless, sometimes twee. Do NOT read this as an introduction to will put you off what was an astounding work of imagination and a genuine piece of graphic literature.This isn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork 13 Jun 2014
By Leon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a massive fan of the sandman series and once I read the kindly ones and the wake went through a phase of consuming every spin-off even remotely related to sandman or neil gaiman. The artwork in this is simply amazing but I personally thought some of the stories weren't quite up to the standard. That being said did give a new dimension to endless and completed the collection so still worth it as far as i'm concerned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 25 Oct 2010
If you have even a shred of artistic appreciation, there is no way that you won't be blown away by the incredible art on offer in this book. For his long-awaited return to the dysfunctional family that made him a superstar, Neil Gaiman enlisted the aid of some of the greatest artists in the world of comics to create this brand new collection of Sandman short stories. But, therein lies the drawback this book...

After finishing 'The Sandman: Endless Nights', I wasn't left with the impression that Gaiman wrote these scripts because they were stories that he absolutely had to tell. Rather, I can't help but feel that Gaiman wrote them because he absolutely had to work with these artists. But, is that really a problem? Seeing such comic book luminaries as Milo Manara, Frank Quitely and Bill Sienkiewicz playing around with the cast of The Sandman, with stories written specifically for their personal talents, can't possibly be a bad thing, can it? Well, that depends on the reader, really. Most of the stories in here are, frankly, quite average. But there are very few graphic novels out there that you can really say constitute being labelled a "work of art", and this is definitely one of them. As a collection of short stories in its own right, I'd rate 'Endless Nights' below all of the short story volumes in the main Sandman series. But, as an artistic showcase, this is in a league of its own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Endless Nights: No mere stand alone 2 Sep 2009
Endless Nights was written/drawn some years after the completion of the series. It features stories of the Endless, all seven of them, where each one has/her own chapter.
First: while this work can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend against it because Delerium's tale would be very hard to understand, and you would miss some background information.
Gaiman is known for his deep, thorougly researched and non-linear plot lines: and he delivers again.

Endless Nights features some fine artwork, by great artists (among whom P. Craig Russel, Milo Manara, Glen Fabry) that only would merit the buy of this (dare I say it) comic...if I can name it a comic. True, Vertigo is the publisher and thus it must be...or must it? If you regard the tales of Delerium and Despair, for instance, these are so wonderfully created, with complex and haunting images and a so non-linear (nor straight-forward) plot but they are more post-modern stories than chapters in a comic book.

The story of Death gives a nice view on Death, but to those who read the two Death spin-offs of the Sandman it will bring nothing new.
Desire's tale, is a haunting and for the main characters devastating story of lust and desire and it shows the works of Desire of the Endless in a pre-Roman society.
Dream's tale is an important tale for the Sandman fans for it answers a few of the remaining questions: such as who was the first mortal love of Morpheus? Why does he dislikes Desire so much?
Despair's story, are in fact 15 views on Despair, while it is brilliantly crafted: I was hoping to learn more of the Old Despair, and how she dies (this is referred to in the Sandman series)
Desire's tale is a twisted and wildly confusing tale that takes one into her realm of madness.
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