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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition)

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gaiman , Sam Keith , Mike Dringenberg
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"Wake up, sir. We're here." It's a simple enough opening line--although not many would have guessed back in 1991 that this would lead to one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comics of the second half of the century.

In Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams. By Gaiman's own admission there's a lot in this first collection that is awkward and ungainly--which is not to say there are not frequent moments of greatness here. The chapter "24 Hours" is worth the price of the book alone; it stands as one of the most chilling examples of horror in comics. And let's not underestimate Gaiman's achievement of personifying Death as a perky, overly cheery, cute goth girl! All in all, I greatly prefer the roguish breaking of new ground in this book to the often dull precision of the concluding volumes of the Sandman series. --Jim Pascoe


NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.

Collecting issues #1-8, this new edition of PRELUDES & NOCTURNES features the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition.


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Der Engländer Neil Gaiman, 1960 geboren, arbeitete zunächst in London als Journalist und wurde durch seine Comic-Serie Der Sandmann bekannt. Neben den Romanen Niemalsland und Der Sternwanderer schrieb er zusammen mit Terry Pratchett Ein gutes Omen und verfasste über seinen Kollegen und Freund Douglas Adams die Biographie Keine Panik!. Er lebt seit einigen Jahren in den USA.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good start 30. März 2000
Von linus
Saying this isn't the best SANDMAN volume isn't saying much, since the entire set is overall excellent, and it would be depressing if the series hadn't improved on its beginning. Anyway, this is where you need to start -- it sets up the whole Dream mythos and establishes his character as he accumulates all his lost tools. The journey takes him from a house whose inner walls are made of a body turned inside out, to Hell itself, to the scene of a diner massacre, and even to the home of the Martian Manhunter.
The art is a bit iffy. Sam Kieth wasn't the best match for SANDMAN and he admitted as much when he left. But once Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III come on board, the art gets noticeably better and, well, more SANDMAN-esque. Look at the difference between Dr. Dee in "Passengers," where he looks like a pathetic little psycho, and the same character in "24 Hours" and "Sound and Fury," where he is a truly frightening presence (especially on p. 175, panel 4, "Because I can"). Not to mention the first appearance of Death at the end of the book (though this may have been removed depending on which edition you find -- it was never meant to be included at the tail end of this volume; in any event, it continues to be available in the second volume).
I'd also praise Neil Gaiman but what is there to say that hasn't already been said a million times?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen First chapter in a book of wonder. 26. April 2000
"GLACK. NAAAGH. FLEURGH." Such were my squeals of pain when forced by my conscience to only give this four stars, but this was written when Neil was still learning how to write down his stunning imagination and so does not rank quite as highly as the incredible latter Sandman books. Still, it is well worth buying. Praise, then criticism I think. Well, the second half of the book does not put a foot wrong and has one of the most chilling horror stories in the history of pretty much anything. '24 Hours' is truly terrifying with a ravaged man pushing people's minds over the edge in a cafeteria. 'The Sound of Her Wings' is a beautiful introduction for everyone's fave anthropomorphic personification, Death, who amazingly turns out to be a sensible, cute, perky young goth girl. The first half of the book is a bit more uneven. The opening story is written very well in the style of old English horror and has pretty good art by Sam Keith, who captures the oppressive Edwardian feel very well. The second story is also written well, but patchy and cartoony art lets it down. Keith's portrayals of Cain and Abel are excellent, as is the intensly cute gargoyle Irving (sorry Cain, Goldie)but his artwork for the Hecate and the appearence of Morpheus upon seeing his castle don't cut the mustard. The third and second stories are good once again with an excellent battle of imagination in Hell and everybodies fave occultist from Newcastle, Sam Keith's Hell is also pictured well, the oozing flesh and rubbery consistancy takes on a life of it's own, and the Hellfire club art is excellent. Unfortunatly we then come to the moderatley pleasing fourth issue where Neil makes some fundamental mistakes. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Preludes and Nocturnes starts in quite a clichéd manner, with the stereotypical occult portrayal and the rather redundant phrases used in the spell used to evoke Death, but quickly accelerates. The chapter where Morpheus travels to Hell is truly excellent, and I swear that Lucifer Morningstar *is* Davie Bowie! The battle between Morpheus and an unassuming demon is quite invenitve. I absolutely detested the inclusion of superheroes, as I felt it sort of cheapens the whole book, and makes it temporarily childish. I am currently reading The Doll's House, and I will give you one piece of advice if you wish to read these books in order: take note of small, seemingly unimportant phrases, as they tie-in beautifully in the subsequent chapters and even different books! You must *NOT* miss this. I felt a little foolish reading a comic book at first, but you forget all this when the powerful story washes over you. Most definitely worth the money. Read them in order.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Sound of Wings 28. Mai 2000
If this book only contained Issue #8, it would still be a must-have for Sandman fans. I refuse to give out ANY spoilers, and I would advise everyone out there who hasn't read Sandman to avoid seeing any. Let yourself be surprised. You deserve it.
Okay, Preludes isn't as strong as some others, yada yada yada - SO WHAT? It's Sandman. It's the first issue. You have to read it, and you can't have a complete collection without it.
I just finished reading World's End, and the last panel of issue 8 remains the defining image of the Sandman for me. There is a lot of powerful stuff in here, and I would suggest it to anyone who genuinely loves comics, mythology, or intelligent writing.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dreaming of Greatness... 8. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Preludes and Nocturnes is easily the weakest of the individual Sandman novels... but still better than most of the funny-books out there. The first chapter is a self-contained story dealing with Morpheus' seventy-year imprisonment by an amateur English magician, and his escape. The rest of the novel deals with his adventures re-claiming his three tools: his sand pouch, his ruby, and his helmet. The second chapter is set-up for the rest of the story, featuring DC Comics' horror mainstays Cain & Abel. The third story is one of the best in this book, guest-starring Hellblazer's John Constantine, whose ex-girlfriend is in possession of the bag of sand. Part four is one of my all-time favorite Sandman stories: "A Hope in Hell", where Morpheus goes to the pit, running into Lucifer Morningstar (one of the best characters in the series), and challenging a demon to regain his helmet. Parts five through seven involve a super-villain named Dr. Destiny (not to be confused with the real Destiny, Dream's brother) escaping from a madhouse, going on a murderous rampage in one of the most horrific stories I've ever read in a comic. Part six "24 Hours," especially so, where Dr. Destiny slowly drives the customers in an overnight diner mad, eventually killing each other. But chances are, if you're buying this, and you've heard of Neil Gaiman's Sandman before, it's for part eight, "The Sound of Her Wings", the introduction of the most famous (and nicest) member of the regular cast, Dream's big sister Death. She shows up to take her depressed brother with her for a hard day's work of taking people to the next life, quoting Mary Poppins all the while. This is a fine story, a nice promise of the kind of story that there are to look forward to later on. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great comic by a great author
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and the Sandman series was what got me into his novels.
I wouldn't consider myself a die-hard comic reader to begin with, although... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2012 von D Dressler
1.0 von 5 Sternen Laaangweilig
Ich habe mir diesen Comic-Band gekauft, weil die Kritiken so phantastisch gut waren.
Über die Zeichnungen kann ich nichts schlechtes sagen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2011 von Günter Zöchbauer
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great story, wonderful drawings
Neil Gaiman was known to me first as a children's book author, before I came into contact with his novels through a friend. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2010 von Xirxe
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wenn der Sandmann kommt ...
Ich habe mir diese Comic gekauft, da ich dem Film "Coraline" nach einem Comic von Neil Gaiman gesehen habe und mehr von diesem grandiosen Autor lesen und sehen wollte. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2009 von C. K.
5.0 von 5 Sternen the little brother of death: the sandman.
typically busy with ruling his realm of dreams and nightmares, but someday unfortunately he gets caught by a human devil worshipper (who, by the way, was trying to capture death). Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2007 von
5.0 von 5 Sternen So müssen moderne Comics aussehen
Die Sandman Series von Neil Gaiman et al ist der perfekte Beweis dafür, dass es nicht nur Donald Duck und Co. im Bereich des Comics gibt. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2005 von Nidhoggur
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Standard for the Rest
Only giving it 4 stars, because I will save 5 for future issues which get better...
I am not going to waste words trying to explain why Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" is... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2000 von Brian K. Peterson
4.0 von 5 Sternen I didn't know comics could be like this
I never was a comics fan, in fact the word comics to me used to mean cheap Superhero stuff. Used to, because obviously I had to change my mind after reading this first issue of the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Februar 2000 von Jeanine
4.0 von 5 Sternen Enter the Dream
In this story we meet Dream of the endless. He is trapped by a power-hungry magician and kept prisoner for sixty years. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. November 1999 veröffentlicht
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