The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes
Collecting The Sandman #1–8, 1988–1989. Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III.
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.
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.
Gaiman has lived near Menomonie, Wisconsin, since 1992. Gaiman moved there to be close to the family of his then-wife, Mary McGrath, with whom he has three children. Gaiman is married to songwriter and performer Amanda Palmer.
The Sandman consists of ten primary works, and includes six additional books that complement the series but are not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
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For many years I have wanted to read Gaiman's Sandman comic's and now I finally started. I regret so much that I didn't start sooner. Absolute pearl of comics this is. The story is intriguing and art marvelous. Can't wait to get my hands on the next part!