Reviews of Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (1990)
Review by mrdude (2005-02-15)
Preludes and Nocturnes, The First Volume in the The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman is a graphic novel, or more correctly a collection of short comics in the sandman series. From what I understand these are in fact in order, at least in this volume.
This is one of the first graphic novels I have ever read and therefore it is a little more difficult for me critique it. I'll try just the same though.
The premise of the stories is that the sandman, eternal king of dreams, has been summoned and captured by a mortal human who imprisons him in a glass cell and quickly steals his tools which hold some powers to the dream world. It's a fun fantastical tale that really captivated me. Most any complaints I have are so opinionated that I feel silly talking about them. (this isn't necessarily stopping me) DC comics owns the publishing company that these novels are written for and urged the author to try to incorporate some existing DC characters into his story. The author did and I myself just though it was weird in such a story, although some comic book fans will undoubtedly enjoy the short inclusions of these characters.
Apart from that one and only complaint I really enjoyed these works greatly. The artwork is grim and grotesque, which really adds to the overall mood of the stories. Neil Gaiman impressed me with his ability to weave a unique and fun story into such a fun medium. The characters he creates and the connections that are made between them are really what held this together for me. I had a real fun time reading this and would recommend it to nearly everyone I can think of.
(Review also posted on the IBDoF)