Sandman & Beyond
Preludes and Nocturnes
Captured in a 'hunt' for his sister, Death, Dream spent 72 years trapped away
from his power and his realm. His capturer, one Roderick Burgess, uses and
loses his objects of power: The DreamDust Pouch, his Helm and his magical
ruby. After escaping the opening storyline deals with how Lord Morpheus
reclaims his items. The Pouch with the help of John Constantine (See
Hellblazer); the Helm he battles a demon for, but the hardest to reclaim is
the ruby. Madman John Dee has it and is using it to "drive everyone in the
world mad." Even after reclaiming it, it has been corruped and changed by Dee
so that only he can use it. The ensuing flight, pursuit and battle takes
three whole issues!
She is the divider of the living from
all that has gone before, all that has come after. It is whispered in dreams
that one day in every century she takes on mortal flesh, the better
comprehend what the lives she takes must feel like, to taste the bitter tang
of mortality: that this is the price she must pay for being Death.
Destiny is the oldest of The Endless: in teh beginning was the
Word, and it was traced by hand on the first page of his book before it was
ever spoken aloud. Walk through any path in in his garden and you will be
forced to choose, not once, but many times. Some say not even
Destiny himself truly knows where each fork and turn will lead. But
even if he could tell you, he would not: Destiny holds his
The Doll's House
Dream returning to the Dreaming, finds several things out of place; most
importantly, an anomaly called a dream vortex has manifested itself in the
form of a young girl who unknowingly threatens to rip apart the Dreaming. And
there's the smaller matter of a few nightmares having escaped. Among them is
the Corinthian, a serial killer with a miniature set of teeth in each eye
socket. Tells of Nada, Unity Kinkaid, Miranda, Jed & Rose Walker, Gilbert,
Hector & Lyta Hall, Brute & Glob, Hob Gadling, a serial killers' convention
and Fiddler's Green.
Four different tales. First up tells of how Richard Madoc purchses the muse
Calliope and her only hope is Morpheus. Next is the story of how a Siamese
cat passes on her quest: to convince every cat that if they can all dream
together of a cat-ruled world with no humans at the same time, it will come to
pass. The tale of how Shakespeare debuted his finest work, A Mid-Summer
Night's Dream to the host of Faerie and Titania herself. Lastly, we
experience the sad dilemma of Element girl and Death's solution.
We spend out days leading rational,
ordered lives... but every night we lie down, close our eyes and sleep an
uncertain sleep. It is then that we serve Morpheus. The
Endless called Dream, whose power over his realm knows no limit,
but who can never be fully perveived. Of all The Endless, save
perhaps Destiny, he is the most conscious of his responsibilities,
the most meticulous in their execution. He accumulated names the way other
make friends, but he permits himself few friends.
Despair is Desire's
sister and twin. Her skin is clammy; her eyes are the color of the sky on a
bleak day; her voice is little more than a whisper. Many years gone, a sect in
what is now Afghanistan declared Despair a goddess and proclaimed all
empty rooms her sacred places. The sect persisted for two years, until its last
adherent finally killed himslef, having survived the other members by almost
seven months. Despair says little, and is patient.
Season of Mists
Destiny's book tells him he is going to gather his siblings together;
so he does. This sets in motion the Dream Lord's return trip to Hell
to rescue his old flame, Nada, from the eternal torment he cursed her to when
she spurned his love. He gets there only to have Lucifer Morningstar quit,
but in an attempt to destroy Morpheus, he bequeaths the key to Hell on him.
This starts mythological characters coming out of the woodwork all wanting
Morpheus to pass Hell on to their trust. From Norse gods, to Chinese;
From Angels to Devils; from Chaos to Order. Meanwhile the dead are escaping
all Hell (sorry for that pun, no lutefisk thrown at me, please) breaks loose
Fables and Reflections
Issues 29-31, 38-40, 50, Sandman Special,
and "Fear of Falling"
Distant Mirrors Starts the journey with Lady Johanna Constantine (see
Hellblazer) emancipating Orpheus', Morpheus' son, severed head. Then
detours to Augustan Rome where the doom of Rome is plotted. Next, Dream
wins a Job-ian bet with Despair concerning The Emperor of the United
States. Convergences tells of seemingly disconnected dreamers Vassily and
Marco Polo, then introduced Daniel Hall, Lyta's son and hints at future
powers again. Ramadan focuses on Dream's removal and storage of
the magic of Baghdad. The Sandman Special, Orpheus re-tells the story of
Orpheus and Eurydice in Hades.
Delirium smells of sweat,
sour wines, late nights, old leather. Her realm is close, and can be visited:
however, human minds were not meant to comprehend her domain, and those few who
have made the journey could merely report the tiniest fragments. Some say
Delirium's tragedy is her knowledge that despite being older than suns, she
is forever the youngest of The Endless, who do not measure time as we do.
Delirium was once Delight, but that was long ago.
He built a cathedral in New
York. He worked as a pavement artist in London and as a street artist in Paris.
He spent a month forging cave paintings for a Spanish town that needed tourists,
and a decade digging the Panama Canal. Are these the right pursuits of a being
called Destruction? Indeed not, for he abdicated his position three
centuries ago and broke contact with the other Endless. Things, he
reasoned, will still be destroyed on their own.
A Game of You
Tells of how Barbie abandoned her dream-world as a child and now it is in
danger and needs her. Hazel & Foxglove, Wanda and George and Thessaly, who is
more than she seems, start having troubles with things from their dreams but it
is Barbie who won't wake. Meanwhile, dream-Barbie, princess of her realm, meets
and adventure with denizens of her dream realm and ara captured by the
cuckoo, whose goal is to destroy Barbie's dream-realm so she can experience
others. Wanda, left guarding Barbie's sleeping self is killed when a hurricane
caused by Thessaly's tampering with mother nature collapses the builing. Barbie
goes to Wanda's funeral and gives tribute to "her" 'true-self.'
Delirium decides to find Destruction and decides that
Dream will help her, whether he wants to or not; surprisingly he agrees
to assist. Immediately any contacts who might bo of help start to experience
horrible 'accidents': Bernie Capax is crushed; Etain is nearly blown up; The
AlderMan goes into hiding; Ruby dies in a fire; Ishtar erupts, destroying a
strip club. Dream catches a clue and quits looking, but can't quit
thinking. So he visits Bast who tells him the only chance of finding his
wayward brother is to visit his cursed son, Orpheus, the oracle.
Orpheus' price for the information they seek is his death. Dream &
Delirium dine with Destruction and his dog, Barnabus.
Destruction refuses to return; explaining that he will have to hide
better next time, and disappears. Dream pays his debt to his
Desire of The Endless
smiles in brief flashes, like sunlight glinting from a knife-edge, and much else is
razor-sharp about it. There is only one thing to see in its twilight realm: it
is its fortress, a sculpute of DesireDeisre lives in the heart.
Delight was the youngest of
The Endless. Then Delight was visited by dancing men from a far
world, bringing tribute, of birds and flowers and fine gems. Sometime after, the
youngest Endless was no longer Delight, but not yet
Delirium, and was visited by Destruction to help her through the
change. At one point, Delight may have been married, and something
relating to this may have caused the change. Then, Delight became
Heading cross-country on a warm June night, business assoicates Brant Tucker
and Charlene Mooney somehow found themselves inside a raging snowstorm. When
something huge and alive appeared in the road, Tucker crashed their car into
a tree. Dazed, they followed a disembodied voice to a nearby inn. There,
they found shelter, assistance and the fellowship of other travellers who lost
their way... Between worlds. A faerie, a centaur, and several others who
should not exist, all were waiting out the storm that swept them to this inn
from their own times and places. And all had stories to tell. Dreaming
Cities, Sea Monsters, A Necropolis, and witness to the funeral cortege of
Delight of the Endless.
The Kindly Ones
Daniel Hall disappears; Lyta believes Dream is the culprit, so
she calls on the Furies for their assistance, which they proffer because of
his boon to his son (he spilled family blood, thus making him vulnerable to
them). Loki and Puck are killing the mortality in the child, which
distresses Dream; he sends a 'new' Cornthian and Matthew to rescue the
boy. Meanwhile, Lyta and the Furies start destroying the Dreaming and its
denizens. Finally, Dream goes to Death and Daniel
becomes the new Dream.
Daniel Hall, child of Lyta &
Hector Hall who gestated over years in the Dreaming, was only born when
Morpheus freed his parents, though Hector remained dead. As a baby
Daniel would physically disappear into his Dreams. When he was
kidnapped by Loki & Puck, Lyta went a little nuts and brought about the
destruction of Dream, thus losing her child in truth, as Daniel is
now the new Dream-Lord.
|Denizens of Dream:
Cain & Abel; Lucien the Librarian, Eve, Mervyn Pumpkinhead; The Corinthian;
Fiddler's Green; Matthew the Raven; Brute & Glob; Wyver, Gryphon & Hippogriff.
The final Sandman arc brings together all of Morpheus' friends, family,
enemies and acquaintances for a final farewell, and a last smattering of
stories: Hob puts the past behind him in "Sunday Morning"; Sandman
turns to an older hand for wisdom in "Exiles"; and Shakespeare writes his last
play in "The Tempest".
After leaving all us fans in a Sandman-jonesing welter
for several years, Gaiman has returned to the title! This book consists of
seven stories; one for each member of The Endless. "What I've Tasted
of Desire"; "Death and Venice"; "Fifteen Portraits of
Despair"; "The Heart of a Star" (Dream); "Endless Nights"
(Destiny)"; "Going Inside" (Delirium); and "Destruction on
the Peninsula". Yeehaaaa@!!!
Nuala the Elf; The Three Witches; Cluracan the Elf; Ishtar; Duma & Remiel;
Lucifer & Mazikeen; Azazel & Choronzon; Thessaly; Mad Hettie; Emperor Norton;
Alex & Roderick Burgess; Puck, Loki & Cuckoo; The Wise old Siamese; John Dee;
Richard Madoc; Rose Walker; Unity Kinkaid; Barbie & Wanda; Hector-n-Lyta Hall &
Garrett Sanford; Hazel & Foxglove; William Shakespeare; Lady Johanna Constantine;
Rowland & Paine; Calliope, Nada, Hob Gadling; and Orpheus
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