Preludes & Nocturnes

Preludes & Nocturnes

Comic Book - 1995
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Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones, III; Painted Cover by Dave McKean A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [1995]
ISBN: 9781563890116
1563890119
Branch Call Number: 741.5 Gai 3583uc 1
Characteristics: 233 p. : ill. (chiefly col.).

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BookReviewer2015 Sep 27, 2014

The captivating first volume of Sandman!

Watch as The Dream King is imprisoned and escapes to face his greatest challenge!


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ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

There are very few stories, graphically rendered or otherwise, that I hold in higher esteem than The Sandman series. Sumptuously written and populated with characters who will stay with me for the rest of my life, The Sandman is mythic in scale, and pays tribute in both function and form to the transformative power of story.

AL_LESLEY Jan 05, 2017

2nd time reading this ( 1st time must have been in 96 or 97) and whoa is it wonky and great and so wonderfully old but not old fashioned at all.

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therhiannamater
Oct 14, 2016

This is the series that got me into comic books in general. I tend to always hold a new series against this one in comparison. "Yeah, it's good, its no Sandman, though." I feel like such a brat about it but everyone has their one true love. Dream is mine.

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dtaylz
Apr 24, 2016

APL Ruiz's resident authority on comics has called Watchmen "the Citizen Kane of graphic novels" and I agree it's a staggering achievement, but I now think The Sandman reaches farther and deeper.

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KWALKER101
Mar 14, 2016

First and foremost, Gaiman is a fantastic storyteller. As he says in the back of this volume, he was really getting his feet under him while he was getting this first collection under him. I have two favorite sections in it, the horror story of Dr. Destiny and the ending story of Death, and the rest range from intriguing to fascinating. I'll never get the game he played in Hell out of my head, as how it plays out is so beautiful. BUT. I'm dying to read the rest of the volumes, because some of the characters introduced as affected by the loss of the Sandman need some sort of resolution!

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Citizen92116
Feb 26, 2016

Neil Gaiman always has some novel intriguing element and this set is no exception.
Without doing the research, I'm sure this set was innovative in its time.
It puts an interesting spin on the preconceived notions I had of these mythical characters.

I'm still uncertain if it's comics in general for me but I struggled a bit with the flow of the story.
There seemed to be short interjection of seemingly unrelated story but then again it might have been used to set the mood.
I wasn't sure if I was meant to like or dislike the lead character since I couldn't tell if he was inherently good or bad from his actions.

There were some novel use of panels on some of the pages which worked well due to the dream-like nature of many of the settings.

I'm a big fan of the cover artist's work, Dave McKean, but that might be a review/comment for another book.

I can't really put my finger on it but the set does feel a little "90's". Maybe it's the ratted hair or the style of dress or my own personal experience during that period of my life.

Fails the Bechdal test.

As with these 'trade' comic books, the last portion of the book takes a dramatic turn and adds a new character which could be perceived as a hook to lead into the next story arch.

Uyc Sep 29, 2015

Harder to follow than its predecessor, but its story was original and intriguing. At times it felt like there were too many perspectives going on at once.

BookReviewer2015 Sep 27, 2014

The captivating first volume of Sandman!

Watch as The Dream King is imprisoned and escapes to face his greatest challenge!

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Nakkid
Aug 02, 2014

I thought this one was just ok. While Morpheus continues to prove that he's super freakin' awesome, too many random events kinda distract from the story. =/ Though I really liked the different kinds of characters Gaiman created and added to the story, he's got such a great imagination! I also liked that he linked the characters' stories instead of introducing a whole new cast and crew. It makes it easier to remember characters and connect pieces of the story.

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

Amazing series! :) The stories are beautifully told, as well as drawn

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A moderate amount of gore in this, some of it's intense. One chapter is based on British horror, and contains fairly intense scenes of self-mutilation. Towards the beginning, a character is shown to be punished, and his face is shown exploding in detail. Another chapter shows a decomposing woman whose insides have stretched to cover the walls of her house.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

Coarse Language: Some moderate swear words are used.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

Sexual Content: There are maybe 3 or 4 short panels of sexual intercourse. It's nothing too graphic, and in 2 of them, the sex is just implied, not even shown.

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andreareads
Jul 28, 2013

Violence: mutilation and murder

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

Violence: Includes gore.

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

Sexual Content: Contains nudity.

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noob123
Jun 18, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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noob123
Jun 18, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jun 18, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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jabey
Jun 16, 2008

Violence: People's eyes are cut out.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

The story starts off with an occult magician and his group trying to capture Death so that they may live eternally. Instead however, they capture Death's little brother, Dream (aka Morpheus). After 70 years of imprisonment, Morpheus finally escapes, and must now find his tools so that he can fix his world of Dreams, which has been deteriorating since his disappearance and is affecting humanity.

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.

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jabey
Jun 16, 2008

Story about tracking down missing things from the Dreaming as well as dealing with a dream vortex. The vortex is a person and she is searching for her brother. A serial killer convention takes place.

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jabey
Jun 16, 2008

Morpheus is captured and eventually breaks out of captivity and tries to repair the Dreaming and recapture his power.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

"I am Hope." - Morpheus

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.

MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.

CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.

MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.

CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.

MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.

CHORONZON: 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. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope.”

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Draw
Jul 19, 2013

“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?”

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