The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1

The Annotated Sandman Vol A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMeet the Endless a family of immortals that govern all aspects of life and death throughout the universe However one of theirown lays captured Dream the Lord of Sleep As

  • Title: The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1
  • Author: Neil Gaiman Leslie S. Klinger
  • ISBN: 9781401233327
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMeet the Endless, a family of immortals that govern all aspects of life and death throughout the universe However, one of theirown lays captured Dream, the Lord of Sleep As Dream makes his escape and returns to his duties after 70 years of imprison ment, he encounters countless characters from myth, legend and comics, from Lucifer himself to tA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMeet the Endless, a family of immortals that govern all aspects of life and death throughout the universe However, one of theirown lays captured Dream, the Lord of Sleep As Dream makes his escape and returns to his duties after 70 years of imprison ment, he encounters countless characters from myth, legend and comics, from Lucifer himself to the tragic Greek hero Orpheusto the HELLBLAZER John Constantine.New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo titleand one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyondlife and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

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    1. In Sandman, a powerful group of mortals is trying to trap Death itself. Instead, they catch another important figure, the Lord of Dream. This volume details the Lord of Dream's struggle to reassert his power after being locked away for so many years.He's lost his symbols of authority, which are literally pieces of his power. So, he needs to get those back.Also, the denizens of the realm of Dream have gone off the rails since their lord has been missing. Some of these are nightmare creatures- fat [...]

    2. There are things I absolutely love about The Annotated Sandman, and things I am enormously disappointed with.I am hugely disappointed with the lack of commentary on most pages, especially as this was sold as Gaiman's way of jotting down his reasons for writing The Sandman, and his driving inspirations for the stories. Given what a landmark series The Sandman was and what an influence it continues to be, I expected more profound notes than the history of British rock bands or song lyrics to show [...]

    3. When Sandman, written by the then-unknown Gaiman with images by Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg, launched in January 1989, very few comics required annotations. Gaiman, much like his mentor Alan Moore, littered the series with obscure reference and marginalia. The DC title proved to be one of the most popular and endearing of the 90s, running 75 issues and spawning several spin-off series. Eventually Sandman garnered three deserved Eisners and is the only comic book to win a World Fantasy Award. [...]

    4. Okay, I'm going to assume that anyone reading this is already familiar with Sandman. I mean, no point in reading annotations if you're clueless about what they're annotating, right? This volume contains issues #1 - #20 of Neil Gaiman’s classic series, reprinted in black and white, along with copious notes about people and places and other references that readers may not have picked up on.As is typical with annotated volumes, it's a mixed bag, ranging from, “Oh yeah. I knew that already,” t [...]

    5. This is an excellent collection, presenting all sorts of tidbits about the history of the Sandman, and, more interesting in my mind, clues about many of the allusions built into the series. There are also little asides dealing with inspiration for the art, or other little details. For example, in Issue 13 - Men of Good Fortune - the exchanges between Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the Sandman are all in Iambic Pentameter. There's plenty here to fascinate the fan of the Sandman.The first volume provid [...]

    6. I'd been wanting to get into Gaiman's Sandman for quite a while so I was really excited to see that the university library had a copy of the annotated volume 1 (Issues 1-20). The annotations were really helpful in keeping me from getting lost. Gaiman draws from so many different sources of inspiration that without this little road map, I don't know that I would have felt the full effect of the writing. I really loved the first 16 or so issues, the continuing stories were really interesting and t [...]

    7. This was weird.Confusing, touching and kinda gross at times, or gory rather.The Annotations was kinda wasted on me, the write small writing was difficult for me to read so I only looked at it if I was confused by anything.I might continue this but not with the annotations. I'm just left wanting more to understand it and not wanting more cause I didnt understand so much of it

    8. This is a thing of beauty. The info, the art, the black and white, everything. If you loved the comics, you'll love this. Enough said, enjoy it.

    9. Essentially, graphic novels/comic books are somewhat lost on me. I am awful at slowing to appreciate the artwork and its contribution to the story.I'd long been curious about Gaiman's Sandman due to it having long been lauded as an exemplary piece of the art form. I don't get it. "It" not being whether Sandman is a major milestone in its genre's lifespan, rather the entire endeavor altogether. I kept getting the idea in my head that were this same story being related in the form of a novel, I'd [...]

    10. To be completely honest, reading The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1 was both brilliant and problematic. The problem, first of all, is it was the only way to read beyond the first compendium; I've had the Annotated one sitting idly by for a while as I thought I'd accrue the rest of the smaller, coloured compendiums - but when you're a student, they're kind of dear, and the second volume was never around when I sporadically bought books.So, it was more to read more of the story in black and white than [...]

    11. All good things end.But with Sandman I am lucky enough to get editions that make me enjoy the story all over again.Of course, I know what's going to happen, but reading it in black and white and notes that brings deepness to this masterpiece I can feel it again through a brand new perspective.After all, I'm reading Sandman. So of course I will enjoy it.

    12. 5 stars really. Why don't I give it 5 then? I think my head is averaging out story arcs. Sandman as a concept character, realised character, the Endless- all their D names, the inclusion of myth and archetypes and multi-cultural Pantheons, (also DC back-catalogue, which is where annotations came in handy, me being raised on Marvel), the look of Death (brilliant) and Dream (Robert Smith and the Crow's lovechild) and then Gaiman's pathos, humour, wisdom, classical, cult and goth leanings. Gorgeous [...]

    13. "We of the endless are the servants of the living--we are NOT their masters. We exist because they know, deep in their hearts, that we exist."I was kind of iffy on reading this book/graphic novel, but so so glad i did! I would’ve never picked it up, this was a buddy read for a readathon I’m participating in. First let me start by saying that this graphic novel is extremely gorey, not at all times but there were some parts that woah, were INTENSE!! The first few issues were extremely confusin [...]

    14. Un'edizione annotata di Sandman dovrebbe essere una cosa interessantissima. Tra l'altro dato il prezzo abbastanza elevato di questo libro uno si aspetterebbe una certa cura ed esattezza nelle note invece il libro è pieno di note riferite a pagine diverse da quelle che dovrebbero essere. L'apoteosi viene raggiunta quando, in una nota, il curatore, il signor Leslie S. Klinger, cerca di convincermi che la spilletta indossata da un personaggio rappresenta un oscuro simbolo esoterico quando non è a [...]

    15. 4.5 stars.I'm going to start off by saying that this is the weirdest comic that I've ever read and I will never look at cats in the same way again. But I did enjoy reading this despite it being weird. In this collection, there are two main story archs and quite a few of the sub-stories. One of the main story archs was basically where the Dream Lord gets captured and he escapes from his captors around 70 years later and he gets his vengeance and gets his realm back. The second story arch is where [...]

    16. This is my first real re-read of SANDMAN since the days I bought it as a monthly. It's interesting to read it more as a whole, as the storylines hold together really well. Gaiman is, of course, one of those writers whose shadow has grown to a gigantic level since he first wrote these issues. But, for me, the stories hold up very well. The characters act in unexpected ways, and seem much more well-rounded than the typical comic book fare. I'd also forgotten how much of the SANDMAN mythology didn' [...]

    17. I surprised myself at how ridiculously much I enjoyed re-reading these stories. I also surprised myself for having this book on my shelf for two years and never realizing that the reprints are in black and white. But that's okay, because The Sandman -- especially these early, true horror issues -- should be read at night in bed with as little light as possible, and the lack of color makes the pages blend into the shadows.Unfortunately, Leslie Klinger, whose The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes I ad [...]

    18. This series showed me I'm too used to comics/manga with long arcs. The world is beautiful. I'm too used to the simple, amazing elegance and motion of manga drawing, so I feel I can't comment on the art. There were some memorable panels, and some beautiful designs, but most of it just didn't grab me, I'm afraid. That said, the concepts themselves are amazing, both strange and compelling. Dream's portrayal is amazing and watching him deal with various issues in his kingdom was always a joy.However [...]

    19. My rating reflects the annotations, not the sandman story itself (which i've already rated separately on my first reading):The opening essay may be the best thing about the whole annotated series: a broad overview of comics.First off it took me awhile to adjust to it being entirely in black and white, i understand it must be to save printing costs, or maybe it's to be less distracted and absorbed in the narrative? likely the former. The annotations themselves are sometimes illuminating, in a his [...]

    20. The endless are a family of immortals who govern every aspect of life. They behave just as any siblings do, the bicker, the laugh, they cause wars, and occasionally go missing. The eldest is Destiny, he knows everything that has and will come to pass. Death, who contradicts any so called stereotype for a character of her powers, dresses like a teenager, and consoles those who have not yet figured out that they are dead. Dream is known by many names and can travel by the dreams of humans. Desire [...]

    21. I love that this is printed in black and white. I've never read it in its original form, but I looked some of the issues up online and I feel pretty comfortable saying I prefer it this way. The line art is a little busier (not the technical term, I'm sure) than I normally like, but I think it suits the atmosphere of the comic--though I will say that sometimes the more detailed backgrounds blend together and can be unintelligible, and I suspect that coloring would fix some of that.The story itsel [...]

    22. Zomfg! I read the first issue and was kind of confused at how fast it blew through nearly 70yrs and tried to keep tabs on all the new characters / how their stories were woven together. The second issue was a little more of the same, but started to come together for me. By the time I was at the end of the 4th issue I was really getting into it. I fell hopelessly and utterly in love with Death when we met her in issue 8 - and knew that I need to read her mini-series. The story of the Vortex was f [...]

    23. An excellent way to start 2017. I received this as a Christmas Eve gift from my husband. (He knows me so well!) The annotations made for a deeper reading than when I had simply read the Absolute Sandman a couple years ago. And I loved the bits of humor and personality that shows through in the script excerpts (I never read through the scripts in the absolute edition). As with my initial reading of Sandman I love seeing the early work of Gaiman. My first Gaiman experience was American Gods, and I [...]

    24. Mainstream graphic storytelling has reached near-literary levels in the last 50 years, and the shuffling off of a purely juvenile focus and the limitations of the self-preservative comics code has much to do with that. Those already immersed in the medium understand The Sandman's influence and quality, but for those who are interested in checking out some "comic books"I recommend Gaiman, Keith, and Dringenberg's, dare I say it? Masterpiece. I would give the basic series a solid 4 stars, but the [...]

    25. This is a black-and-white first volume of the first 20 issues of "The Sandman", an epic series written by Neil Gaiman.Leslie S. Klinger has annotated this volume, and will annotate the rest as well. The annotations range from historical - e.g. information on William Shakespeare's name and the versions of it - to clerical, the arcane but foremost the explanative, i.e. sorting out everything that surrounds The Sandman canon, i.e. the characters, the places and places.My first edition actually cont [...]

    26. As great as it was to read these stories once again, I couldn't help but think that this could have been an even better book! The annotations seemed to be sparse throughout, and it should come as no surprise that the best background information was provided by Gaiman himself. It seemed that too much attention was paid to the biographical material of "minor" historical characters mentioned throughout the book. Although interesting, it was not what I was hoping for. (More Gaiman insight wanted!!) [...]

    27. I really love the dark and whimsical way Gaiman has with his work. The artwork is it's own style; it features interesting character designs reminiscent of 80's goth. My only complaint is the physical book itself has a weak spine in comparison to the size and weight of the book, meaning that you need to be a little more careful with it. Also the large size and weight of the book means that you can't really take it anywhere and may be difficult to handle when trying to find a comfy reading positio [...]

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