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The Absolute Sandman

Volume One
Gaiman, Neil (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Absolute Sandman
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Written by Neil Gaiman Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran Cover by Dave McKean THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right. Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," together with reproductions of the issue's original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President & Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman. - 612 pg, FC, $99.99 US - MATURE READERS
Authors: Gaiman, Neil
Title: The absolute Sandman
Volume one
Published: New York, NY : DC Comics, 2006.
Characteristics: 612 p. :,col. ill. ;,32 cm.
Notes: "Vertigo"--Spine.
Originally published in single magazine form as The Sandman, 1-20.
Contents: Sleep of the just
Imperfect hosts
Dream a little dream of me
A hope in hell
Passengers
24 hours
Sound and fury
The sound of her wings
Tales in the sand
The doll's house
Moving in
Playing house
Men of good fortune
Collectors
Into the night
Lost hearts
Calliope
A dream of a thousand cats
A midsummer night's dream
Façade
A Sandman miscellany
Afterwords / by Neil Gaiman
Biographies.
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Kieth, Sam
ISBN: 1401210821
9781401210823
Branch Call Number: GN ABS VOL. 1
Statement of Responsibility: written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Sam Kieth ... [et al.]
Subject Headings: Sandman (Fictitious character) Comic books, strips, etc. Science fiction comic books, strips, etc. Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Sandman (Fictitious character)
Science fiction comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
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Aug 08, 2012
  • orphicfiddler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best of the great graphics novels (to me it is the best, but if you want to argue for Watchman or something, that's fine by me). The Absolute editions are gorgeous, and it was quite entertaining to read Mr. Gaiman's four in the morning ramblings about American television and the existence of Sherlock Holmes in his notes to Vess on "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Feb 26, 2012
  • dneriksen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stunning introduction to Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. The illustrations are breath-taking, and the stories are both brilliant and reveal Gaiman's breadth and depth of understanding of religion, myth, and legends. Simply amazing! I can't wait to read the rest.

Apr 23, 2011
  • Palomino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sandman was my introduction to Neil Gaiman years ago. (also my introduction to grown-up comics aka graphic novels, except the other adult graphic novels I've tried to read cannot even remotely compare to this).

Dec 05, 2009
  • sdujardin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Almost the best graphic novel series I have read (second only to Miyazaki's Nausicaa). I do not care for the vast majority of graphic novels out there - but this is very intelligent and thought provoking. I would love to delve deeper into Gaiman's views on mankind's Gods as portrayed here and in his novel 'American Gods'.

Oct 27, 2009
  • madlibscientist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best graphic novel series ever created. Period.

Jun 12, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my introduction to the Sandman comics and now I think they're great. I'm planning on reading the whole series.

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Jun 16, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

jabey thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jun 16, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Contains the first three collections (Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country) spanning issues 1-20 in the series.

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Jun 16, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: People are maimed and killed and various fashions.

Jun 16, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Nude drawings, some suggestive dialog.

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