Sandman Overture almost didn't happen. Gaiman had a far more lucrative novel writing career and the royalties from his work on Sandman is peanuts compared to the revenue coming in from his own and owned work. This is one book saved from the purgatory that is Lucien's library.
Over two decades ago Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman changed what people expected from comics. It changed what mainstream publishers considered publishing, it created a whole imprint around itself. Over the years many fans discovered THE SANDMAN in collected book form and prefer their comics stories that way. Well those fans can rejoice, as the prequel series THE SANDMAN OVERTURE gets collected in a deluxe hardcover.
The Sandman Overture is explosive. That is the one word I have to describe the 36 page issue that was released (at this writing) last week. While Gaiman’s series are notable for their allusions to historical and literary figures, Overture’s first entry lacks much of these. Instead what we are given is a refined glimpse into the physical universe and how the Endless interact with it. It’s a stylistic trade at the very least, but what is gained is an acute awareness of who Dream is, what his mission encompasses, and a reinterpretation of his mortality. While this world-building element may take away some of the emotional climax of the original run of the series, it offers a new, bold perspective of what Gaiman has in store for his fan base.
Shelby: There are a few dreams I’ve had in my life that I remember very clearly. Once I dreamt I had to go to a new job, and in order to get there I had to swim underwater. On my first day, we’re swimming and swimming, and I’m running out of air but I have to stay behind my guide. Then I woke up gasping; I had been holding my breath in my sleep. Not too long ago, I dreamt I was in a dark room that was even darker near the door. I had to pass through the darkest part of the room to leave, and as I did, two hands shot out of the shadows and grabbed my arms. That was one that had me bolt upright in bed, and then turn on every light in my apartment. I think these dreams stuck with me because there was a sense of reality to them; I was actually holding my breath, I could almost feel the stranger’s hands on my arms. Dreams are like bits of reality spun together to resemble a sort of whole, a feeling that Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams have somehow captured in their long-awaited second installment of Sandman Overture.
Sandman Overture #5 Special Edition
This Special Edition will include the entire fifth issue of the new miniseries before coloring, with translucent lettering, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at J.H. Williams's unique art...$
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