The Sandman, Vol. 01: Preludes & Nocturnes

The Sandman #1

Neil Gaiman

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New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN 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 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. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.

This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.

Includes issues 1-8 of the original series.

What the community thinks

summary of 37 ratings (see reviews)


dark 88%
adventurous 66%
emotional 44%
mysterious 44%
tense 33%
challenging 22%
reflective 22%
funny 11%
hopeful 11%
inspiring 11%
sad 11%


medium 66%
fast 22%
slow 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 44% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 22%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 44% | Yes: 44% | No: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 55% | No: 44%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

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