The Absolute Sandman, Volume One

The Absolute Sandman, Volume One[PDF / Epub] ★ The Absolute Sandman, Volume One By Neil Gaiman – Oaklandjobs.co.uk One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman s masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy a One of the most popular and Sandman, Volume Epub µ critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman s masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the first of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety The Absolute Sandman, Volume The Absolute PDF \ One reprints issues of The Sandman , and features all new coloring on issues, commissioned especially for this edition This volume also includes a full reproduction of Gaiman s original proposal for the series and the complete script and pencils by Gaiman and Charles Vess for the World Fantasy Award winning story A Midsummer Night s Dream from The SandmanFinally, a gallery of character Absolute Sandman, Volume PDF/EPUB ì design sketches show the evolution of Dream of the Endless. This graphic novel is one of Neil Gaiman s early major works, which catapulted him to his present fame, somewhere in the upper floors of the Dark Fantasy Mythology Redux literary pantheon This first issue of the Absolute Sandman is a massive volume, 600 pages , that collects the first 20 chapters of the Sandman series there are at least five or six other volumes after this one, in the Absolute Sandman saga, published by DC Comics Vertigo.I hate to write a negative review, especially consi This graphic novel is one of Neil Gaiman s early major works, which catapulted him to his present fame, somewhere in the upper floors of the Dark Fantasy Mythology Redux literary pantheon This first issue of the Absolute Sandman is a massive volume, 600 pages , that collects the first 20 chapters of the Sandman series there are at least five or six other volumes after this one, in the Absolute Sandman saga, published by DC Comics Vertigo.I hate to write a negative review, especially considering such an impressive work, with so many accolades in the last thirty years, and by one of the most charming fantasy authors around Moreover, all the ingredients are here to please an artistically ambitious novel, a dark handsome hero that kinda looks like the author , a fistful of Lovecraftian horror, a pinch of Dantean pandemonium, a quest for occult symbols that heralds the Voldemort business in the late Harry Potter novels , a dust of serial killers, a sprinkle of Shakespeare here and there Nevertheless, the whole thing is, the way I see it, an overrated post baroque, disjointed millefeuille, with a plot that peters out by the 8th chapter, leaving the rest of the volume as a collection of dismembered short stories, just barely related by a couple of recurring characters A few of these fragments stand out, like Tales in the Sand , or A Midsummer Night s Dream the rest is either a bit silly or stodgy To boot, the artwork, although in line with the style of DC Comics, looks, for the most part, overdrawn and murky Sadly, disappointing 1 31 17First read and reread of 2017 The below review still holds completely true.4 26 15Neil Gaiman is pure fucking magic when it comes to writing.I m relatively new to his work, and I m also pretty new to comics and graphic novels So please feel free to take the following fangirl gasming with a grain of salt If you haven t read this series yet, I highly freaking recommend you go to your library and start this, and soon If this first Volume is any indication on what to expect from the futur 1 31 17First read and reread of 2017 The below review still holds completely true.4 26 15Neil Gaiman is pure fucking magic when it comes to writing.I m relatively new to his work, and I m also pretty new to comics and graphic novels So please feel free to take the following fangirl gasming with a grain of salt If you haven t read this series yet, I highly freaking recommend you go to your library and start this, and soon If this first Volume is any indication on what to expect from the future ones, then I know I m in for one hell of a ride.I don t think I ve read anything like this before I love that every element of this story felt new and real and raw to me It bewitched me I ve fallen hard for these worlds and characters, and I m happy that I ll be able to live in it for a little longer.The art instantly drew me in to this comic I loved the style, and I thought the artists did an incredible freaking job giving life to Gaiman s characters and worlds Following Dream Morpheus on his journey as he escaped a prison meant for his sister Death, was a really fascinating story, but it was only the beginning There were so many other fantastical tales showing the evolution of Dream The worlds were vast Some were familiar and some were strange and new to me, and I loved seeing Dream interact with the people creatures things in each of them He s Endless, and every story showed what he has done during his existence The stories showed that he can be selfless and objective, and the stories showed that he can also be selfish and cruel I enjoyed reading about all the different aspects of Dream.Again, I highly, highly recommend reading this series I bought this oversized, slip cased hardcover back in 2011 during Komikon The prospect of owning a first edition first volume tantalized me I haven t seen this volume in any of the larger branches of the main book store chain here in Philippines It was always volume two onwards, never a complete set The sweetener was I got this a slight discount which helped assuage the loss of frequent buyer points had I bought this from the book store chain.The collected edition of the Sandman series have I bought this oversized, slip cased hardcover back in 2011 during Komikon The prospect of owning a first edition first volume tantalized me I haven t seen this volume in any of the larger branches of the main book store chain here in Philippines It was always volume two onwards, never a complete set The sweetener was I got this a slight discount which helped assuage the loss of frequent buyer points had I bought this from the book store chain.The collected edition of the Sandman series have been reprinted countless time and in a myriad of languages, but this absolute edition contains the stories from the first three trade collections and a plethora of extras The extra material makes this an indispensable addition to the collection of any fan of Gaiman s Sandman work It includes the original detailed pitch for Sandman, character design sketches and the script for the World Fantasy award winning issue nineteen It was interesting how Gaiman constructed a pitch that became the series bible He almost never wavered from his original intention and was able to put into print what he intended to publish An acclaimed series it was, it had its own share of industry awards like the Eisners, but its most distinguished accolade had to be the World Fantasy award for best short fiction for Sandman issue nineteen, an adaptation of A Midsummer Night s Dream by Gaiman and Charles Vess It was and will be the only comic book to have won that award as rules were changed to prevent comic books from winning thereafter.This collection includes two long arcs and a collection of short stories It is in the short stories that Gaiman really shines He used this short tales to build the backstory of Morpheus and how he has interacted with history and legend throughout the eons Starting with the second arc, The Doll s House, he used these self contained tales to give a breather to the regular artists in between issues or chapters This is also reflected in the trade editions of Sandman, the collected arcs are interspersed with two short story collections.This is a great book, especially for me I am unabashedly a great admirer of Neil Gaiman I have most of the Sandman trades, and this omnibus fills the holes I have It is a pricey tome, but it is gorgeously designed with archival paper stock and bound in faux leather If this is beyond one s price range, the paperbacks are a great alternative Sandman is one of those stories that every comic fan should read Considered by many, me included, to be the best comic book ever written, Neil Gaiman s now classic mix of Greek myth and modern dark fantasy remains as captivating today as when it was first published Aided by some of the finest artists ever to grace the medium, Gaiman crafts a fantasy epic as unconventional as it is fascinating The Sandman marks the point at which comics finally grew up. It s beenthan ten years since I first read Sandman, and I ve read it through probably close to a dozen times since This is my first crack at The Absolute Sandman Obviously, I love Sandman, or I wouldn t be reading it yet again And yet, I never read exactly the same Sandman twice I see , and I see differently, every time I read it So how can I possibly review Sandman I just can t All I can say is how very, very happy I am to get to read it again. Fantastic version of the first few graphic novels of Sandman The pictures are a lot bigger, this is hard covered with a stylish ribbon And Neil Gaiman is awesome.So this is a good series, but the first volume might be a bit disturbing to put it mildly Some of it is nightmarish as hell, but that is the beauty of Sandman, really. Collects Issue 1 20 of Sandman In the course of my life I have come across certain things from art to a classic book that are masterfully done Neil Gaiman s Sandman is one of those things It is many things all at once Some parts of it, especially near the beginning , seem to be of a Gothic horror nature ,yet, in the middle part of the volume there is a shift towards a fantasy based romp through a dreamworld It is a testament to Mr Gaiman s staggering imagination.The story centers on Dream, Collects Issue 1 20 of Sandman In the course of my life I have come across certain things from art to a classic book that are masterfully done Neil Gaiman s Sandman is one of those things It is many things all at once Some parts of it, especially near the beginning , seem to be of a Gothic horror nature ,yet, in the middle part of the volume there is a shift towards a fantasy based romp through a dreamworld It is a testament to Mr Gaiman s staggering imagination.The story centers on Dream, one of the Endless Dream is one of the three eldest of the Endless Death and Destiny being the other two and as such he is also one of the most powerful Sadly being a vastly powerful godlike entity caused Dream to fall to hubris He was captured by a sorcerer and held captive for seven decades Once he is freed Dream must undertake a journey to learnabout himself and to avoid the mistakes that led to his hubris Yet, he must first recover his three powerful possessions His helmet, his ruby and his pouch.The first half of the volume recalls the events that led to Dreams capture and then his subsequent freedom and adventures going from places like Hell to speak with Lucifer or consorting with the likes of John Constantine and Dr Destiny The story is dark and grim at times, yet your respect for Dream will grow with each issue.The Second part of the volume focuses on a Vortex in the dream world centered around a girl named Rose This part of the story is bold and truly imaginative We see entire dream worlds come to life and the variety and complexity are staggering The essence of this part of the volume is of Dream attempting to repair the damage to the dream state in his 70 year absence.What I enjoyed most about Sandman is the sheer scope of the characters that the reader is introduced to I always loved the sheer variety of concepts From meeting the reining Lords of Hell to spending time with Dream s sister Death or even his spat with Desire and Despair all these momentous scenes are done with flair Gaiman s ability to anthropomorph concepts like dreaming or death are amazing and strangely apropos.The art is strangely complementary I wish that there had been aaccomplished or detailed artist to have drawn some of these brilliant concepts, but the art does not hinder the story and in certain places helps to emphasize the dream state of the situation.If you appreciate a grand tale or one with a variety of different folklore being introduced or a tale with cosmic entities, Neil Gaiman s Sandman is for you Whether you follow Dream s main quest or you just take a moment and appreciate the time and imagination to even write some of the side stories The one about the man who didn t want to die and would keep meeting Dream every 100 years at the same spot is brilliant I also enjoyed the perverse Serial Killer s convention There are some amazing feats of imagination at work here some sights will be beautiful and others depraved But that is the nature of Dreams I can not recommend this enough to any and all who love a great story Sandman is a classic work While I agree with this article that the coloring in Sandman needed to be touched up for this definitive edition, I was very disappointed at the direction they decided to go with it You can see from the various examples in the article that in every case, they have replaced the bright, otherworldly colors with bland, murky photoshop blends It s very disappointing to see a book which had such remarkable, experimental art reduced to such generic choices In every instance where a face was colored While I agree with this article that the coloring in Sandman needed to be touched up for this definitive edition, I was very disappointed at the direction they decided to go with it You can see from the various examples in the article that in every case, they have replaced the bright, otherworldly colors with bland, murky photoshop blends It s very disappointing to see a book which had such remarkable, experimental art reduced to such generic choices In every instance where a face was colored in lurid, expressionist shades, we instead get a jolly, normal pink tone Originally, the colors took influence from the often fantastical works of European artists like Moebius refusing to limit their palate and exploring tones, textures, and novel uses of lighting to set the mood.But then, the prequel to Moebius own series, L Incal was similarly butchered by muddy, dodge and burn photoshoppery that completely obliterated the bright, wondrous colors of the French version In this new Sandman, they even take the very stones of hell and change them from bright, fiery red to a desaturated mauve who knew demons were so fond of light pastels Certainly, the inks needed to be darkened, but if the colors needed anything, it was to be brightened, not submerged If we were republishing Action Comics 1, would we want to switch from four color action to realism Should Las Vegas iconic googy sign be redone in modern tones Would Munch s Scream look better in naturalistic flesh tones Why, then, obliterate the very style that made Sandman stand out I know that the DC of Alan Moore, Neal Gaiman, and Peter Milligan is gone now These new Vertigo books are just young folks trying to copy what came before, and Vertigo, once an experimental art house for new creators, has become a blandly profitable branch of the company which produces safe, familiar books So I shouldn t be surprised at the sad treatment of this great series they want to make itpalatable in order to sellbooks Yet it sticks in my craw that this Absolute edition, supposed to provide the highest quality, most authentic version of Sandman falls short of the mark set by the original I will start by saying that this is an absolutely gorgeous book It s a compilation that was obviously done with great care and attention to detail, and as a result it has a very imposing physical presence I found myself checking if my hands were clean before picking it up to read and I m not kidding.What to say about the comic itself Sandman is fantastic, quite different from what I got used from a comic book and it must have been quite ground breaking at the time it came out I start I will start by saying that this is an absolutely gorgeous book It s a compilation that was obviously done with great care and attention to detail, and as a result it has a very imposing physical presence I found myself checking if my hands were clean before picking it up to read and I m not kidding.What to say about the comic itself Sandman is fantastic, quite different from what I got used from a comic book and it must have been quite ground breaking at the time it came out I started reading Watchmen at the same time I was reading The Absolute Sandman, Vol 1, and found myself comparing the two While Watchmen is undoubtedly muchpolitical and thought provoking and also quite original in its storytelling , Sandman is a lotsubtle It s an intricate world of fantasies, of metaphors and of symbols I could read only one story at the time, and after a while I figured out why I found myself being unable to fully appreciate all the little details, references and symbols, because there were so many Thus, I slowed down and good thing I did , making this the book that has taken me the longest time to read in my life.The final part of the book is dedicated to the making of the comic, and is really an excellent read I enjoyed immensely going through the whole issue of A Midsummer Night s Dream , step by step, with the quirky commentaries of Neil Gaiman to the illustrator.The artists that collaborated on this book are all very talented I have a soft spot for Dave McKean s work, and his issue covers were another thing that made me love this book If you like comic books, then I heartily recommend you get your clean hands on this This thing is seriously heavy seven pounds It has really lovely extra thick glossy paper and it s eight inches wide by twelve inches tall, a huge, gorgeous book People who bought it really got a lot for their money But I think that most people, even completely healthy and hale people, couldn t possibly read this without a table It was the absolute max my incredible Levo book stand could handle If you have any kind of hand, shoulder, neck or back pain, this is absolutely worth the money, This thing is seriously heavy seven pounds It has really lovely extra thick glossy paper and it s eight inches wide by twelve inches tall, a huge, gorgeous book People who bought it really got a lot for their money But I think that most people, even completely healthy and hale people, couldn t possibly read this without a table It was the absolute max my incredible Levo book stand could handle If you have any kind of hand, shoulder, neck or back pain, this is absolutely worth the money, it s honestly the best thing I ever bought They have tablet ebook holders too, I just switch back and forth using the same base stand, easy as pie I was nervous the stand would tip over the whole time It s much bigger than anything else I ve tried on it and I didn t want it to overbalanced on me, but we did OK together, and I m so glad I didn t have to try to wrestle this big, beautiful behemoth And the really great thing is that the extra tall and wide pages made the print much bigger than in normal comics, so much easier to see, I loved it No complaining about squinting this time, at least until it got to the teeny tiny font they used for all of the extras at the back of the book, I guess you can t have everything.I enjoyed the book a lot I thought the art really complemented the story It was stark when it needed to be and lush when it needed to be The covers are gorgeous I complain sometimes when the cover art doesn t match the interiors, it feels like false advertising These are terrific because they aren t another artist portraying Morpheus so he looks totally different and weird, like some cover art does with some characters He s so distinctive in the books, I d hate that They re just stunning art that somehow still very much reflects the stories Check out this link, look at the Volume 2 covers, but try to imagine them without the distracting titles and logos, they re evenstunning in this book without all of that But do you think it was a coincidence that the Sandman looks so much like Gaiman It was funny to see the the original proposal in the back and to see how the character sketches progressed until the artists arrived at the final version He doesn t have curly hair, but the long face, the nose, lips, chin and cheekbones sure look like Neil to me A grumpy, frowny Neil And the Sandman is the Prince of Stories, I wonder I don t know what it would have been like to read these issues every month when they originally came out, what the experience of each issue individually would have been compared to the experience I had of reading twenty issues as one big book Next to Revival, for example, which is so dense with story and characters this was often sparse and simple by comparison In a big book format it wasn t a problem, I was able to keep turning the pages and go on to the next chapter when the story moved quickly Maybe if I was only getting them once a month I d have been disappointed in the beginning when they moved so quickly, while Gaiman was still getting the hang of this comic writing thing But I also don t know how much the character would be served by too much going on too He stalks through the scenes, he s an arrogant and powerful prince and he doesn t hurry even when he s in a hurry And I think Gaiman has a good sense of pacing and drama Definitely drama The art really complemented the writing too It was elegant when it needed to be, it was horrifying when it needed to be, gritty, slick, dark and bright The artists and the colorists worked together wonderfully to create the contrasts that made this story work so well, gave the pages such an impact Some of the simplest images in the book were the most powerful And of course there was some humor too I will visit Constantine Regain my pouchHe is, after all, just a human Just ONE human What could POSSIBLY go wrong I really appreciated that every time a woman s figure would be over emphasized or sexualized in almost any other book, especially in books written in the 80s and 90s like these were, not one of these figures were Not one naked woman has unnaturally huge breasts or hips, the shapes are there just enough to understand the image but they aren t sexualized at all The focus was always on the story, not on images that would distract from it This dark and kind of spooky and grim, or at least atmospheric, story would not be served by the sudden interjection of big bouncing bosoms and all of the stereotypical comic book body shapes and positions that no woman would or could take in normal life Those belong, if they belong anywhere, in a book with brighter colors and stories So that was a long way of saying I liked it, it was fun and the actual book I read, this actual edition, is a beautiful keepsake edition The extras in the back include Gaiman s original and often hilariously notated script and Vess s original sketches for issue 19, A Midsummer Night s Dream, which is and will always be, due to a changing of the rules immediately afterwards, the only comic to ever win the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction If you need a gift for a comic book lover or someone who likes urban fantasy, you couldn t go wrong with this As long as they have the strength to lug it around And a really big and sturdy shelf to keep it on, now that I think about it

The Absolute Sandman, Volume One MOBI Î Absolute
  • Slipcased Hardcover
  • 612 pages
  • The Absolute Sandman, Volume One
  • Neil Gaiman
  • English
  • 16 February 2019
  • 1401210821