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Sandman: Endless Nights Paperback – 24 Sep 2004
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"...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
"This series and this volume are some of the more entertaining and elegant stories put to comic." -- Bill Smith, LA Weekly, January 2nd 2004,
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a critically acclaimed comics writer and the author of numerous books and graphic novels, including Neverwhere and Death: The High Cost of Living. Frank Quitely has illustrated JLA: Earth 2, Batman: The Scottish Connection, The Kingdom: Offspring and New X-Men, as well as various strips for 2000 AD. Glenn Fabry is best known for his painted covers on Hellblazer and Preacher. P. Craig Russell is a respected comics artist, recently adapting Wagner's Ring cycle.
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The "Dream" story is brilliant and beautifully realised; anyone who has an interest in the series will need this story. Desire's tale is, inevitably, darkly erotic and well-illustrated. The "Death" story is competent, but not spectacular. The "Despair" section is highly experimental, pushing the bounds of graphic fiction, it is horrible, but compulsive; just don't read this section if your feeling low. Delirium's story is wild and strange and confusing at first reading; what would you expect when the only sane characters are a talking dog and a loquacious crow? The artwork here is by Bill Sienkewicz, who I remember from his work on Elektra in the late 80's. He has lost none of his skill and it's hard to imagine any other artist doing justice to this tale. Lots of big, swirly, water-colour-style images bring the story vividly to life.
The Destruction story is a disappointment; I really couldn't see the point of it, maybe I need to read it again. The final section "Destiny", is blessed with some spectacular images, but isn't really a story.
In summary: one essential story "Dream"; three very good ones "Desire", "Delirium", "Despair"; two pretty good ones "Death", "Destiny"; one puzzling disappointment "Destruction".
If you are a fan you need this volume; if you are a newcomer, this isn't the place to start.
The tales in this collection are diverse in style - both in prose and also in visuals. It adds another dimension and depth to the characters of the Endless that we have come to enjoy in the previous books.
Recommended to Fans - as a novice, I suggest you start at the beginning...
Neil Gaiman has certainly not lost any of his special magic with his return to writing graphic novels on the Sandman; Neil once again finds new levels of perception and intellect to bind into his latest masterpieces. As soon as you pick the book up you can tell that great time and through has been put into creating detailed art work, and as usual a mix of changing visual artistic personalities throughout the chapters.
The appearance of all the Dream Kings family, the Endless helps to create diverse and content rich chapters; focusing on not when the book is set but when and where. With the Dream King being as dark and mysteries as ever I could not put this book down and would recommend this read to anyone, though there are some illustrations of adult content.
The downside is that there is not much focus on the Dream King himself; instead the chapters follow human characters that encounter the Endless. I was a little disappointed in this. Still the book is a brilliant read but if you are expecting to see another window in the life of the Dream then you may feel let down as I was.
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