February 20th, 2007

Hercules

Dream A Dream

I finished the first volume of Absolute Sandman (issues 1-20) a week or two ago, so now I can talk about them.

I may be a little late to the Neil Gaiman Sandman love fest, but I'm not sure if I would've enjoyed it as much when I was younger (plus it started when I was 7, so that doesn't work well). But now that I'm a little older, a little wiser, and desensitized to Vertigo, I'm ready for this beast called Sandman.

It's kind of funny, too, I didn't expect it to be so involved in DC History (although Dream did appear in a Morrison JLA story). I know they had to establish the previous Sandmen and their role in things, but there were also appearances by Scarecrow, John Constantine, Etrigan, Martian Manhunter (it was cool how J'onn saw Dream as a character from Martian mythology), Mr. Miracle, and Dr. Destiny, who had a pretty big role.

I think I like the stuff that exists beyond the DCU proper the best. There's a lot of stories to tell about Sandman and his world. My favorite stories of the first 20 are actually the self contained issues, those that take place in different time periods.

Of course I'm left wanting more. We still haven't seen too much from the other Endless (besides Death), so that should be interesting. Luckily, I've got another Absolute to tide me over. This time, it's Absolute New Frontier. I just started reading it. I had no interest when it first came out, but with the new DTV coming, I had to pick it up. I'm glad I did. I like the art, and the time period is perfect. I'll talk more about it when I've read more.