The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman is a graphic novel series I keep hearing about, so I decided it was time to at least attempt to read it. We all know I’m not the biggest fan of graphic novels.
Synopsis from GoodReads
In Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams.
Summary from Such a Book Nerd
Beginning in 1916 with a ceremony attempting to capture Death, Sandman kicks off big. The ceremony goes wrong, and instead The Sandman – a strange figure – is brought to earth/reality. From that moment on, people fall into the sleeping sickness, and don’t awaken for decades. Sandman is kept in a glass bubble until 1988, when his original captors are old men. Finally freed, he’s out for revenge on those who kept him locked up all those years. Arriving home, he sees the remains of his crumbled kingdom – which, in his absence, has fallen apart.
He learns from the three graces that he must collect three items to regain his power – a bag of sand, a helmet, and a ruby.
What I enjoyed about this graphic novel that it had some short stories, a few longer pieces of the arch for the season (the collecting of the three items), as well as, laid the ground work for the larger story about the sandman. I thought the stories were well written and that the art added to the feel of the story in a way that made sense and made the story telling more interesting.
Some of the art work was very heavy and dark. And I did find it interesting that the silhouette of the sandman looked kind of like Gaiman. But of all ways to consume a horror story, the graphic novel may be my newest favorite. I’m not a huge horror fan (dare I tell you, but Stephen Kings Salem Lot puts me to sleep without fail as it is overly descriptive?) But I did find the horror stories compelling in this format.
Perhaps my favorite character though was Death. She was quite memorable, and one of the reasons that I will probably continue reading the graphic novels.