The Sandman: The Kindly Ones Paperback – 19 Apr 1996
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Gaiman brings many characters back, like Hyppolyta, Rose Walker and Hal from A DOLL'S HOUSE, Cluracan and Nuala (SEASON OF MISTS and WORLD'S END), Thessaly (A GAME OF YOU), some of The Endless, as well as Puck, Loki, The Corinthian and Lucifer and ties up all their stories. We see what becomes of Hyppolyta's boy, Daniel, we see how Rose Walker makes sense of her life after the events in A DOLL'S HOUSE and we see how Loki, Thessaly and Nuala respond to The Sandman's involvement in their lives. Some characters discover a sense of closure or, at least, their stories reach a conclusion and some of the characters have (and have had) a direct influence on drawing The Furies towards The Sandman.
Gaiman's writing, which is always good, is even better here as he's written a story with a strong focus. Along with the main story the reader can also enjoy many shorter stories which are conclusions of events in previous books, but also feed into the greater story itself. The artwork is rather different to previous books and takes some getting used to, but is still fittingly plain and actually suites the story well.
The book is extremely satisfying to read, not only for the feeling of conclusivity, but for what the story means in itself; I think through all the books Gaiman has subtly been trying to say certain things about love and responsibility, which are complicated and very difficult to express and in this novel what he has been saying becomes clear.
this book has a psychotic serial murderer as one of the heroes. you will cheer for him. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL BOOK.
but what it boils down to is that everyone should be made to reads work of art of this calibre purely for reasons of self-betterment. from the painful degradation of hippolyta's sanity to the corinthian doing what he does to the ending, this is full of images that will stay with you for a long time.
The Kindly Ones is the ninth of the Sandman graphic novels and is also the largest. It is a sustained storyline, originally published across thirteen issues of the title's original comics run. It was also deliberately written by Neil Gaiman to be read as a single graphic novel, a decision that provoked the ire of some readers of the comic who felt that many of the individual issues failed to satisfy when taken on their own merits. However, read as a single story it becomes clear that The Kindly Ones may be the strongest of The Sandman's long storylines.
The Kindly Ones takes no prisoners. Previously, Gaiman was careful to reintroduce older characters in a way that newer readers would still be able to follow and enjoy what was going on. He has no truck with that here, instead pulling together dozens of characters and narrative strands from earlier issues and collections.Read more ›
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Incredible comic, beautiful art, very quick delivery! Can't wait to buy some more Neil Gaiman material in the furture! Great story, unique and creativePublished on 3 May 2014 by Jenny
...but not before checking out the previous ones in the series. Glad I got it and oh so easily. I'm addicted to the Sandman now but help! I'm reaching the end... Read morePublished on 5 May 2013 by Rob O'Neill
This is the 9th and penultimate book in the Sandman series. As such it is difficult to review in isolation, tied as much to events that occurred earlier in the series and obviously... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2011 by HelenGB
"The Kindly Ones" is the climax of the Sandman series. This is where all the work that came before reaches it's pentacle. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2011 by adrevels
I only did this review because I was bugged by the book burners. A grandly tome, The Kindly Ones or Sandman 9 as the spine tells it. Read morePublished on 19 July 2009 by H P Camper
I've been a fan of comic books for many years and mainly kept to obscure titles like "Warriors of Plasm" which are rare and hard to get hold of but well worth it and then my friend... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2002 by Nathan Crossland
I am not a comic book reader, in fact I was very snobby about the whole weirdo graphic novel bunch, preferring to stick with my modern-yet-challenging novel authors. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2002
The breathtaking finale (excepting the postscript of The Wake) to a landmark seies in comic history. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 1999
The best of the Sandman books Hempels art is fantastic and the re-entry of several members of the supporting cast really leaves the impression that everything was planned all... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 1999