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Gaiman is a master storyteller, and I've only read two of Five volumes so far and already I'mimpressed with SANDMAN than I was with American God's, the only connection between the two is that there's alot of mythologies and folklore involvedI disliked the Barbie story? Well chapter one and two were fine, but The land and Wilkinson. Etc was just lame and that's the sole reason why this volume didn't get a solid 5 stars from meLooking forward to read the remaining volumesAs for now. Drink your tea. And have a Good night sleep BOHAHAHAHHAHA! What a ride! It's not something to read in a rush, I found myself needing to savor it and take it slow Very few comics made me do this. The Season of Mists is truly the story that set Sandman apart and in the process defined a whole new genre of comic writing It's extremely innovative, but still remains a fine story all these years later, rich in characters, interesting in plot [10/10] “Thermidor” is a nice continuation of the Orpheus subplot [8/10] “August” offers athoughtful discussion of personal responsibility and rule [9/10] But “Three Septembers and a January” is the best of the set, with its look at a man unbent by anything [10/10] I wasn’t too fond of “A Game of You” when I first read it, and I still find the first four issues pretty slow, but the last two are just knockout good [9/10] “The Hunt” is a wonderful storywithinastory of wishes and dreams [10/10] The Marco Polo story, “Soft Places”, is an interesting one for its commentary on a world being slowly explored and its grouping of three people together on an unlikely night [9/10] Once again, the complete volume is a beauty, and though none of the extras are home run, they’re nice to have If anything, the Desire story included is the least of the the set, though it has very nice art [7/10]. An excellent continuation of the Absolute Sandman collection. So I know that 75% of comic readers and 80% of Goodreads users are gonna hate this review but fuck it, I gotta express my thoughts here At first I thought this series was pretty cool but it really goes downhill here and I think this comic is overrated as fuck.What’s it about?A bunch of weird artsy shit happens as Dream continues to do whatever batshit insanity he ends up having to do.Pros:Most of the art is pretty good There are some beautiful panels in this comic.I suppose this gets points for not being predictable, there are quite a few good twists too.While the main genre is fantasy, this book does have a lot of horror elements that are very well done.Cons:The story barely makes sense and considering the weird shit that I enjoy in entertainment that’s saying something Before some assclown goes into the comments with “To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand The Sandman” I still mostly understood the story, it just goes into all kinds of weird shit for the sake of being weird instead of telling an interesting, gripping story This book is what I imagine druggies see when trying to watch anime.The dialogue is terrible Whether it’s cringey lines, blabbing about a bunch of weird and/or pretentious shit, repeating things over and over or shit that’s nearly impossible to read (example: the one lady that hangs out with Lucifer It’s obvious she’s trying to say something but it’s written in a way that’s super hard to understand Could barely remember if I was reading Sandman or lyrics to Gaiman’s idea for a mumble rap album).The narrative is annoying at times.This book is boring as shit This book has multiple story arcs included and I can’t remember if there’s a single action scene in this whole thing It’s pretty much hundreds of pages of shit dialogue.The characters I don’t care about most of them So I like this book’s rendition of Death and Lucifer is sort of interesting The rest of them are just boring as shit, even a few that had potential.The comic relief doesn’t work Throughout the book, it tries to add funny stuff but fails I can’t tell if the jokes aren’t funny or if it’s the execution because it’s weird that they’re doing the deep, artsy weird shit one minute than bam goofy moment or silly joke Really though, through all the attempts at comic relief I only remember it working once.Some of the chapters are pointless For example, there’s one issue that is these 2 random dudes talking about dumb weird shit that barely makes any sense, Dream briefly shows up, they keep talking, the end I was just like “why the fuck would you waste paper and the reader’s time on whatever the fuck that was meant to be?”Even though most of the art in this is good, there are a few particular issues that look like a little kid drew them.Overall:I liked the first Absolute Sandman collection This was a struggle to finish and I am done with this overrated as fuck comic series (except for Lucifer because I already got into that series and maybe Death because she’s interesting plus I tend to like darker comics and I’m sure that one’s pretty damn dark).Am I being a bit harsh? Perhaps.Is this my opinion? Yep.Will I ever read Absolute Sandman Volume 3? Fuck no.If you like Sandman, great, my opinions on books are quite often unpopular ones in fact (Saga Vol 1, Watchmen and Maus only received 3 stars from me so) I think there are some things that are good about this book but for the most part it’s a boring, confusing, artsy mess and it’s insane the way DC/Vertigo keeps pushing it with 10 story arcs, Overture, a variety of spinoffs and most recently, a new line of new titles in the world of this series, Vertigo seems to keep beating a horse that met the main character’s sister a long time ago, around the time volume 4 began.2/5 Volume II of this series is as gorgeous as Volume I There are two main stories, only one of which I'd read before The first, about Lucifer abdicating as ruler of Hell, did not appeal to me as much as the second, about The Cuckoo, with its cast of characters from underrepresented groups and very mysterious goings on Apparently I'm unusual in liking itthan the other I still feel Sandman is at its best when it relies on Gaiman's own invented mythology of the Endlessthan on any connections to the wider DC universe or obvious borrowings from elsewhere.I keep forgetting the strong horror sensibility that Sandman has it's not prominent in Gaiman's prose fiction I like it.There's heaps of bonus material in the back, most of which has not been collected before, including a very short piece featuring Desire Presumably the original comic is quite valuable now It's all worth reading, including the script for the issue in which Sandman returns to Hell Hilariously, we find out what Gaiman was watching on a BW TV whilst writing it and that if you're not fully paying attention one might mistake Boorman's selfaware, ironic and hilarious film Excalibur for rubbishBring me Volume III ! If the first Sandman collection was near perfection, then this volume achieves it Stunning. Clearly 5 Stars as this is the type of Neil Gaiman that I'm realizing I like the best!The start of this volume finds Dream being put in his place by Death, and I loved it so And, we see his continuing adventure from the first volume from there We also see a lot of side stories (do they end up being necessary, I'm not sure, and I'm not a critical enough reader to find the connections TBH), but I enjoyed each of them in their own ways.The first of these side stories, we follow a young boy, who is unfortunate enough to have to deal with something directly related to Dream's plot I really liked Charles and felt so bad for everything he goes through in his chapter Dream has done him dirty and probably doesn't care.Got to see some real life famous individuals reimagined by Neil, and I really love these stories I'm not a history buff by any means, so I just really like meeting these characters through the eyes of fiction.And of course, we saw where some of the secondary characters from Volume 1 are and how they're doing (again, dealing with the consequences of meeting Dream or unfortunate enough of getting into his path while he deals with all his business).I really can't imagine myself giving these books anything below 5 stars Did I enjoy every story, nah But, did I appreciate the imagination it took to create them hell yes And that's why I'll always love them Cannot wait to get to the 3rd volume and continue this story hopefully meetingof the Endless along the way! As much as parts of A Game of You bothers me it's obviously written by a cis person I can deal with Wanda's identity not being totally accepted by a bunch of fallible characters (because even the gods we encounter in Sandman are fallible beings, and so we can read even the Moon not accepting her as a woman as the Moon's bias, not Gaiman saying trans women are not women, despite the place people who we'd now call trans held in the cultures Gaiman draws on); however, when she's dead, and Barbie sees her walking away with Death, Barbie gets an image of how Wanda truly is a cis woman it buys into the whole idea that trans people would all be cis if we could Of course, it might be Barbie's dream, or it might be Barbie being shown Wanda with Death in Dream Ultimately, though, Wanda's depiction is nothing but a sympathetic cis male author's depiction of a trans woman And, yes, it's a remarkably sympathetic portrayal Neil's trying to get across that every being who denied Wanda's identity the whole time throughout A Game of You is wrong, and that Death accepts her as who she is, and it's from the early 90s, and Wanda is a strong characterthe sad thing is, I can't picture a better portrayal of a trans character by a cis author, and it's certainly a problematic one.Anyway, it's Sandman, the series is fabulous, the Absolute editions are amazing (to the extent that I wish I had money to buy them, sometimes, rather than get them from the library), etc. `READ DOWNLOAD ☠ The Absolute Sandman, Volume Two ↛ One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times bestselling 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 second of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety The Absolute Sandman, Volume Two reprints issuesof The Sandman and features remastered coloring prepared especially for this edition on all nineteen issues, as well as brandnew inks on The Sandmanby the issue's original penciller, Colleen Doran This volume also includes two neverbeforereprinted stories by Gaiman a Desire story painted by John Bolton, and a prose Sandman story previously only available to buyers of the very first Sandman statue, released in , a complete reproduction of the neverbeforereprinted oneshot The Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams, and the original script and pencils by Gaiman and Kelley Jones for Chapter Two of Season of Mists from The Sandman Heroism Begins with Her Volume Two ↛ One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time Buried Mountain Secrets New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature Buried Mountain Secrets lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative Now Buried Mountain Secrets Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the second of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety The Absolute Sandman The Deranged Cousins, or, Whatever Volume Two reprints issuesof The Sandman and features remastered coloring prepared especially for this edition on all nineteen issues Intuición as well as brandnew inks on The Sandmanby the issue's original penciller Street Fight Colleen Doran This volume also includes two neverbeforereprinted stories by Gaiman a Desire story painted by John Bolton Windburn (The Elemental Series, and a prose Sandman story previously only available to buyers of the very first Sandman statue Light, Traveling released in Knights vs. Dinosaurs a complete reproduction of the neverbeforereprinted oneshot The Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams Knights vs. Dinosaurs and the original script and pencils by Gaiman and Kelley Jones for Chapter Two of Season of Mists from The Sandman