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The epilogue(?) of a great series,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Sandman: The Wake (Paperback)
The king of Dreams is dead. Long live the king." A new Dream takes his place among the Endless. He is Morpheus, only not: "a different point of view", Abel says. Indeed, as you read through the pages of The Wake, you find out that the new Lord Shaper is a different representative of the same status quo. What comes at first as a surprise is a hint that the original Morpheus wanted to die! At that point, the story about Shakespeare's Tempest comes to make things clear: Prospero feels trapped within his own magic and thus decides to renounce it; Morpheus admits that he too is not merely attached to his responsibilities, but is the embodiment of his work. He cannot change, he may not change and yet deep inside his is saddened by the fact that he has no choice (let's not forget that among the Endless, Morpheus' sense of duty is second only to Destiny's). After a great and most glorious course through time, the journey has come to an end. Nevertheless, Gaiman finds refuge once more to the rules of ancient tragedy, allowing his main character to find redemption at last. Even though Gaiman has already refused to tell the tale of the new Dream's adventures, some things are left unsaid. The Dreaming is a wonderfull world to go back to and I bet there are many stories yet to be written and drawn.