27 December 2009

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition)

Not your child's comic --

I admit it, I like a few comics. Superman. Batman. V for Vendetta. The rare Manga. I'm no comic book addict, but, I'm also not embarassed to dig through the comic book aisle at the local book store now and then trying to see if any there interest me. Which is how I ended up with this book. I like Neil Gaiman, I'd vaguely heard of this series -- why not try book one and see how it goes?

First off, if you're on the fence about whether or not to buy it, allow me to help you -- if you're really sensitive about graphic material, then the answer is no. If you think comics should be light and fluffy, again -- no. But if you'd like to visit with the Lord of Dreams and his sister Death, then you're at the right place.

I can't speak about the whole series, having read only this book thus far -- but it's an interesting enough read that I do plan on buying the next book. Mainly because of the last section of the book. After meeting Death, I almost felt as though the whole book to that point were the "Prelude" if you will. I thought I really like the story up until that final chapter and then, ohh it's only getting good now. Looking back I realized that compared to the final sections, actually the first sections were actually somewhat slower in spots, maybe disjointed here and there. Yet still, I did like them. It did take me getting to the end of the book to realize they weren't as good as they could have been. Which says a lot for Gaiman and the artists. It's clear they got better and better as time went on. When I do finally get around to picking up the next one, I have high hopes for it.

4/5 stars



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