The Wake: 10 (The sandman) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1997
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Praise for "Sandman"
"The greatest epic in the history of comic books" --The Los Angeles Times Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE. His other books include the novels ANANSI BOYS, NEVERWHERE and STARDUST (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Awards as one of 2000's top ten adult novels for young adults) and the short fiction collections M IS FOR MAGIC, FRAGILE THINGS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS. With Roger Avary, he is the screenwriter of the motion picture BEOWULF, directed by Robert Zemeckis. His illustrated novel STARDUST was released as a major motion picture Summer 2007 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. Among his many awards are the Eisner, Hugo, the Nebula and the World. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Note: normally I try to stay spoiler-free in reviews (even if the book has been out for seventeen years). However, it's simply impossible to discuss this collection without spoiling the biggest plot twist in the entire Sandman series, so be forewarned before continuing.
The Wake is the tenth and concluding graphic novel in the Sandman sequence. It is an extended coda to the main narrative of the series, which climaxed in the preceding book, The Kindly Ones. As such the story is about wrapping up (or at least addressing) loose ends, revisiting some old characters and paying off some old debts. There's no real threat or tension in the narrative, just a loosening of the pace that allows Gaiman to quietly (but still effectively) develop and round off character arcs and leave the series with grace.
The first three parts of The Wake form a single narrative. A wake is held for Morpheus (who died at the end of The Kindly Ones) and beings from across the universe arrive to take part. There are numerous cameos from familiar characters (including brief ones from Superman and Batman, since Sandman is part of the DC Universe) and Daniel, the 'new' Dream, frets about his new role as he rebuilds the Dreaming. There is some tension to be mined from Daniel's meeting with Lyta Hall (who was arguably responsible for Dream's death) and from Matthew's decision to remain in the Dreaming or not, but mainly the emphasis here is on the loss and how it effects the other characters in the series.Read more ›
I highly recommend these new editions over the original TPs because the colours are so much better and there is more additional content with editor letters and so on throughout.
Story-wise, "The Wake" was the perfect ending to the the series. Bittersweet and whimsical, it is Gaiman at his finest.
All I can really say is prepare yourself for one powerful emotional rollercoaster, and three excellent short stories following it; all allowing a certain King to say goodbye.
Never cried reading a book before, but Matthew's speech just ripped me apart. So really, definitely get this book if you want to [and you should] finish the series, but just...be ready.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly, and the story itself is brilliant, including some very moving moments.Published 20 months ago by Sparkle Pants
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