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on 13 May 2012
For the 20th anniversary of Sandman, Gaiman permitted an adaptation of his The Sandman: Dream Hunters novella into comic book form. I didn't buy it at the time because it seemed unnecessary; the original was perfect so why bother making it into something it wasn't meant to be? It smelt like an easy cash manoeuvre. I relented (after 3 years!) and bought it recently. It turns out it's equally as good, and in places even better, than the original. It actually feels like it could be a part of the series. It could easily be included in one of the stand-alone collections and it wouldn't feel out of place. That's the highest praise I can give it.

The obvious difference is the art. Yoshitaka Amano, who illustrated the original novella, has a unique painting style. Rather than try and compete with that, Russell presents his work in a palette of autumnal colours that he styled on ancient woodblock paintings. His lines are perfect, and his colouring non-intrusive. He restructured small parts of the dialogue to fit the serialised format, and imbued the remainder with something it didn't have before; in short he successfully made it into a comic full of grace and passion. His version of Morpheus is good. He's a history of doing adaptations; this one is by far the most successful of the ones I've read. Even if you own the novella, this is still a worthy purchase.
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on 1 January 2010
i liked this graphic novel. i like Gaiman at his prime with character that he manages so well and that he had let us know so deeply that are almost classic. here the focus is on a sort of japanese fable and Dream is only lateral to it but the final result of the experiment is a great one. gaiman manage to keep a distinct oriental atmosphere and feeling as in a traditional fable or moral play and intertwine it with his distinct sensibility and most famous character (Dream) which I recongize in all its usual attributes but that also may have been a generic "god of dream" for what the story concerns. the pace of the narration is right and the world it evokes make us feel like in a forgotten age of wonder and in a folk-tale environment of symbols and emotion. gaiman plays savvy with the traditions and myths of a distant culture and is successful in imprinting a specific and peculiar mood to its narration. another praise is due to the wonderful graphics (often a disappointment in other work written by gaiman) and to the good integration of text and images (another often forgotten aspect). i wish to make it clear, this is not an absolute masterpiece or a must-have like "the kindly ones" or "the wake" but it's a consistent story, narrated in a smooth style, a good graphical and narrative experience with some insightful elements. i recommend it also for those who have not read the sandman saga. it can be read as a standalone episode and it doesn't lose much.
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on 11 August 2013
Another excellent sandman book,superb writing and beautiful artwork by p.Craig.Russel.
Fans of sandman will be pleased,like putting on old slippers,apart from the smell.
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on 28 October 2014
Another beautiful Sandman novel from Neil Gaiman
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on 29 December 2015
I also needed this for my collection.
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on 19 January 2016
Beautiful book, bought as a gift.
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