Neil Gaiman's Graphic Novel Masterpiece
Neil Gaiman's transcendent Sandman series 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 Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power.
Why Read it?
The Sandman is often considered the pinnacle of the graphic novel medium, consistently holding the #1 or #2 slots on most "Best Graphic Novels of All Time" lists. It was also the first graphic novel to win a literary award, raising the profile of the entire comics industry and showing that they weren't "just for kids" anymore. Its dark fantasy theme has broad appeal by having the story set in modern times, though the dialogue and illustrations are certainly intended for adults and older teens.
Neil Gaiman himself is reason enough to check out The Sandman series! He has authored dozens of critically acclaimed prose novels and short stories, such as American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, and many others. He is well-entrenched in the world of comics and graphic novels, having long been a board member of the Comic Book League Defence Fund. Begin his most famous graphic narrative with Volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by clicking on the cover images below to place your requests.