Absolute Sandman - Volume 1 Hardcover – Box set, 24 Nov 2006
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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"
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. His future work includes big screen versions of his novel Good Omens (written with bestselling author Terry Pratchett), Stardust, Neverwhere and Death: The High Cost of Living. He is the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys, and has recently complete his first feature film, Mirrormask, with long-time collaborator Dave McKean.
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The book is presented in an enlarged "prestige" format , with high quality paper and binding , as well as recoloured artwork throughout the book . There is also the added extras of Neil Gaiman's initial pitch and plot synopsis for the first few issues , and a complete script for the award winning 'Midsummer's Night Dream' issue .
The book is beautiful , and as you read on ( almost three years worth of issues ) you can see the increasing maturity of Gaiman and his artists . It may be quite pricey , but is certainly no dearer than if you had bought each issue individually ( or even now in terms of the rarity value ) , and represents excellent value .
Thoroughly recommended .
Onto the book itself. I've only really begun to read comics recently (Personally I don't much like the term graphic novel, I think it was Neil Gaiman who said "Graphic novel is to comic, what 'lady of the night' is to prostitute) and what I've read has mainly been restricted to the darker comics: Sandman, Hellblazer, Lucifer, Sin City, etc. Sandman is by far the stand-out. Simply for the scope of the narrative (I'm a sucker for old mythology and high tragedy anyway), the quality of the writing, and the beautiful artwork.
That little intro established, I would like to say that while I object very much to the stereotyped view of the teenager with a comic book obsession, harping on about a spiderman villain in issue #91, I confess that reading Absolute Sandman brings out something of the anorak in me.
Effectively, what we have on our hands here is the equivalent of your favourite film, remastered, extended, on solid gold DVDs, with a leather slip case and about as many comentaries and interviews as you could wish. Not only is the first quarter of Gaiman's superb comic series reproduced here with early editions recoloured (the colouring on some of the early issues not being great), in large format, on beautiful quality paper, superbly bound, with a big presentation slip case, large amounts of concept art, Gaiman's original proposal, and so on and so on...
This books is quite simply a joy to read, even if you almost feel bad about touching it. It's that nice.Read more ›
What to say about the comic itself... "Sandman" is fantastic, quite different from what I got used from a comic book (and it must have been quite ground-breaking at the time it came out). I started reading Watchmen at the same time I was reading The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1, and found myself comparing the two. While Watchmen is undoubtedly much more political and thought-provoking (and also quite original in its storytelling), Sandman is a lot more subtle. It's an intricate world of fantasies, of metaphors and of symbols. I could read only one story at the time, and after a while I figured out why. I found myself being unable to fully appreciate all the little details, references and symbols, because there were so many. Thus, I slowed down (and good thing I did), making this the book that has taken me the longest time to read in my life.
The final part of the book is dedicated to the making-of the comic, and is really an excellent read. I enjoyed immensely going through the whole issue of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", step by step, with the quirky commentaries of Neil Gaiman to the illustrator.
The artists that collaborated on this book are all very talented. I have a soft spot for Dave McKean's work, and his issue covers were another thing that made me love this book. If you like comic books, then I heartily recommend you get your "clean" hands on this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd forgotten the stunning quality of this work, the genius of it storyline, the originality of concept, the flawless artwork. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ducatibloke
such a great collection and beautifully made. one tiny comment I have is to do with the size of it. It's actually quite big and heavy making reading it a bit of a problem. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ak Tumilowicz
After reading the Sandman trade paperbacks I decided to buy the Absolute Sandman series. Each comes in a luxurious oversized hardback of over 600 pages, beautifully bound and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by asocrates
Great, great, great if I didn't think so I would not give it 5 stars.Published 21 months ago by Mr. Rodney Walker
awesome quality - very classy way to own & display the Sandman graphics comics. Will be on the look out for the other volumesPublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by L. Smith
If you are late getting into the Sandman like me I cannot recommend this high enough. Quality of the drawings are outstandingPublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by D PULISCIANO
Everything was correct, it had good packaging to avoid damage. A bit late but not too much. Would buy againPublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Artemi
Regardless of the contents themselves, I took the time to let you know that the quality of the print, binding and box is amazing.Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by Marcelo Piccoli