The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
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The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes


In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream's new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex's guards grow careless and the guards watching him fall asleep in his presence, allowing Dream to use the sand from their dream to his benefit. When the guards awake and break the seal Dream was in, he is then able to escape. Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares. The rest of the story concerns Dream's quest to recover his totems of power, which were dispersed following his capture: a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby. The pouch is being kept by a former girlfriend of John Constantine's. Once that is recovered, Dream travels to hell to regain the helm from a demon, where he incurs the wrath of Lucifer (an enmity that will have major repercussions later in the series). The ruby is in the possession of John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, a supervillain from the Justice League of America series. He has warped and corrupted the ruby, rendering Dream unable to use it, and with it he nearly tears apart the Dreaming. However, thinking that it will kill Dream, Dee shatters the ruby, inadvertently releasing the power that Dream had stored in the ruby and restoring Dream to his full power. The collection ends with "The Sound of Her Wings", an epilogue to the first story-arc. This issue introduces a character who has become one of the series' most popular and prominent personalities: Dream's older sister Death. She is depicted as an attractive, down-to-earth young goth girl, very unlike the traditional personification of death, and spends the issue talking Dream out of his brief post-quest depression.

Title:The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

    The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes Reviews

  • Patrick
    Jan 18, 2014

    First off, let's be clear, I'm a big soppy fan of Gaiman's Work. Secondly, I've read the Sandman series several times before. So this is more a record of my fond re-reading and musing about this story...

  • Alejandro
    Jun 17, 2013

    FanTABulous preluDe! Creative Team:Writer: Neil GaimanIllustrators: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg & Malcolm Jones IIICovers: Dave McKeanLetterer: Todd Klein A PRELUdE TO dREAM It is NEVER “only a dr...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    May 21, 2016

    I thought it was time I added The Sandman. It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading. “Hold on!” I can hear all you folks out there saying. “ Your 'systematic program of reading'? ...

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Jan 03, 2015

    Mr Gaiman, thank you for the dream. See what I did there? But in all fairness this is a dream. This comic is just everything I want a comic to be. It’s dark and brutal; it’s profound and sophisti...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Dec 16, 2014

    I need to admit something. I've never "gotten" Neil Gaiman's books. They confuse the hell out of me. I really never know where he is going with a story. *gasp* This one was some freaky ass shit. Some...

  • HFK
    Feb 15, 2016

    Neil Gaiman is a bit of an black sheep to me. What I mean by that is that I absolutely adore his ass off. He is one of those authors that writes so beautifully, vividly, creatively that it is almost i...

  • Will M.
    May 11, 2014

    One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them. The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up. I am more disappointed than entert...

  • Brad
    Mar 25, 2008

    Since joining goodreads, I’ve been baffled by the Neil Gaiman love fest. American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, they appear to be universally loved, and I’ve been skeptical of th...

  • Antonio
    Aug 23, 2014

    Esta es la primera novela gráfica de estilo occidental que leí y también es el primer comic que leí, dejando de lado a Condorito así que mi opinión tal vez no sea la más calificada en el tema, ...

  • Kirstine
    May 22, 2012

    "I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, Gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?""I am hope."This is my favou...