The Sandman: Season of Mists


Well, this fourth installment came with the highest possible recommendation from Gaiman fans, and it didn't disappoint. The Sandman: Season of Mists is the very best omnibus thus far. While The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Canada, USA, Europe), The Sandman: The Doll's House(Canada, USA, Europe), and The Sandman: Dream Country (Canada, USA, Europe) were a bit all over the place and did not seem to follow any overall story arc, many of those disparate plotlines come together in The Sandman: Season of Mists.

Indeed, though it borrows various past storylines and finally bring them together, The Sandman: Season of Mists, which is comprised of issues #21 to #28, is the first truly self-contained story arc of the series so far. And as such, it's the most satisfying read, the more so because it shows that there is lot more than meets the eye. Early issues that appeared to go nowhere now have their rightful place in the bigger scheme of things, which has got me excited about what's to come.

Here's a brief synoposis from http://www.neilgaiman.com/:

We return to the regular series with Season of Mists. In it, Lucifer has grown tired of being the lord of hell. He kicks everyone out and locks it up solid, then gives the key to Dream. Dream must decide who of the many supplicants will get the key. This is considered the most popular story arc, filled with a cast of thousands as beings from many pantheons and myths vie for this instrument of power.


Illustrated by Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, P. Criag Russell, and Malcolm Jones III, this omnibus features the best artwork yet. Still, this is a comic in which the tale outshines the art tenfold. Visually, other than the terrific Dave McKean covers, the rest of the art is not on par with what the powerhouse series of the 90s offered. Which probably gave The Sandman its own unique "flavour."

This sequence consists of one prologue, six chapters, and an epilogue. The structure of this story arc is easier to follow and enjoy, as it has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Contrary to the previous arcs which went off in every possible direction, there is a tighter focus on events and characters in The Sandman: Season of Mists. Not only do we learn more about Morpheus, but we also discover a lot of information about the Endless and various other pantheons of gods. And the end, with Lucifer chilling out on an Australian beach, admiring God's sunset, closed the show perfectly!

To all the Neil Gaiman fans out there who have yet to give The Sandman a shot, I encourage you to do so. Many of these trade paperbacks can be found in libraries, so you can read them for free. Or follow the links to purchase used copies on the cheap. But as is the case with anything by Gaiman, it deserves to be read.

On to the next omnibus. . .

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7 commentaires:

O Goncho said...

Hurrah! Glad you kept reading them.

Eddie said...

You really thought 90s mainstream comic art was better than the Sandman stuff? Not to say that the interior art in Sandman is great, but I thought the early-mid 90s was the absolute worst time for comic art - ridiculous boobs, bulges, and lycra.

Ah well, minor point anyway. Glad you're pushing on with it!

Patrick said...

Eddie: I was so into the Image revolution at the time, with art that was out of this world.

But to be honest, the art in The Sandman series is nothing to write home about. And it's all right, for it suits the mood and the style of the series, and it let's the story take center stage.

The Dude said...

Pat, I felt the same way about the art that you did when I first read Sandman, but the final omnibus The Wake has some of the greatest art I've seen.

Also, The Wake is one of my favourite arc of the series

Anonymous said...

Pat,

You are almost to my favorite ARC. "Brief Lives". It is the most ponient of "The Sandman" stories in my opinion. When you read it I hope you will see why. It is really the beginning of the end.

Ser Scot

Eddie said...

Pat - oh true. I didn't start reading image until later. I was thinking in comparison to mid-90s Marvel, which was horrible.

otb4evr said...

What a fantastic series from a great author. I have read all of the story arcs several times and they never cease to amaze me...