In 1916 a cult attempts to capture death but they are thwarted when they inadvertently imprison the Sandman. Held hostage for 72 years by the cult, Dreams (also called Morpheus) is unable to return to the realm of dreams. As a result, an epidemic of “sleeping sickness” crosses the globe, causing thousands to slip into an unshakable slumber.
Finally freed from his captors in 1988, Dreams must reclaim his kingdom from chaos, but he is badly weakened from his captivity. To regain his full powers, Dreams sets out on a journey to track down a serial killer with mind control powers and a demon in Hell that is set on shaming the Sandman.
Written by award winning novelist Neil Gaiman (Stardust, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, Smoke and Mirrors), Sandman #1 is a dark and gritty storyline that entices and captivates the reader. Although Sandman is a comic book, this is not a story for young readers. Readers will enjoy Dreams’ somber and philosophical nature as his journey entangles him with citizens of this world and many others.
Reviewed by Melissa Frye, JKM Library Student Worker