Sunday, March 29, 2009
Comics You (Really) Should Read [Part 1]
I've recently finished the entire series of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. This is by far one of the best comic series I have ever read. Gaiman, a masterful storyteller, chronicles the actions of Dream of the Endless, the Lord of Dreams. The epic begins with Morpheus, the personified Dream-Lord, held prisoner by a cult, and he soon escapes and seeks his revenge. Once satiated (as much as an eternal one can be) he begins repairing his kingdom, returning the Dreaming to its glory. Dream is of the Endless, a group of immortals that are brothers and sisters. His family includes Death, Destiny, Despair, Desire, Delirium, and one other, but the last identity was not revealed for a while, so I shall keep it secret. The Endless each fulfill their roles and obey their rules, and Dream often interacts with his siblings.
The Sandman ran for 75 issues, with a few extras. I loved each and every issue. The artwork is simply amazing. Many different artists contributed to the beautiful pages, and each issue clearly has its own style. Part of the fun with the art is the fact that Morpheus' outfit will change with his surroundings, as dreams are never constant and this is only fitting.
But it wasn't just the captivating artwork that compelled me to read the series. The story is crucial, and the depth behind the story is grandiose. Gaiman's brilliance in mythology, philosophy, religion, and pop culture show up throughout many story arcs. For instance, Loki, the Norse god behind mischief and trickery, makes a few appearances throughout the stories, as does William Shakespeare. The story is addicting enough the keep the reader staying up well into the night.
Finally, the deeper thinking behind the comic series urges me to even write this post. I cannot say much about this aspect, as I feel that it would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that these comics are very well written, and written by an author that is smart and wise enough to leave the reader pondering.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Sandman comics. The series concluded aptly, and I do not feel like I've wasted my time reading rubbish. If you like a well crafted, beautiful story, then I highly recommend reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman. You won't regret it.