The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition)

The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition)

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An occultist attempting to capture the physical embodiment of Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power to reclaim his reign. From there, one of the greatest series in the history of the graphic novel genre begins...

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series The Sandman is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in comics 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.

This graphic novel—a perfect jumping-on points for any reader—includes the introductions of Morpheus, Lucifer and The Endless, all intricate parts of this enduring series that is still as relevant today as ever.

Includes issues #1-8 of the original series with completely new coloring, approved by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401225759
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Series: Sandman Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 24,921
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods, and Stardust, (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) as well as the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

Sam Kieth was born in 1963 and started his professional career when he was seventeen. Later on he sold some work to DC Comics and Marvel, where he illustrated Wolverine. In 1987 Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called The Maxx, which was published by Image comics from 1993 until 1998. The success of the series spawned an award-winning cartoon on MTV, trading cards, a toy, and even some statues. This work is currently in print as graphic novels from DC's WildStorm imprint. Keith's recent work includes Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and Batman: Secrets and Scratch for DC Comics. He has also created several other creator-owned properties that have been published by WildStorm including Epicurus The Sage and Zero Girl.

Mike Dringenberg was born in Laon, France, and currently resides in Bountiful, Utah. His early comics work appeared in Eclipse's Enchanter, Alien Worlds, Total Eclipse, and Vortex's Kelvin Mace. When not drawing or painting, Mike swears he can be found "wandering through the desert kicking coyotes" and "watching the sun rise in the west."


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Jillbles More than 1 year ago
In the winter of 1993, during my freshman year of college, a friend - a FEMALE friend - recommended I pick up this graphic novel. I was skeptical; I mean, this was back in the days when it was still pretty unusual to see a girl in a comic shop. Up till then, the only comics I'd read were some of my brother's discarded Spidermans and the occasional Archie. But I respected and trusted this friend, and I had some Christmas money, so I figured... what the heck? This was during a boom in comics; most malls had a comic shop. So I wandered in, picked up this book without too many, "Oh, wow, it's a GIRL!" stares, and went home to read it. And then I read it again, immediately. Feverishly. And went back to the store the next day, and bought the second book. And did exactly the same thing, all over again. In 4 days, I'd blown all my gift money on the 4 existing graphic novels, and then... I was stuck! I was going to have to WAIT for issues to be released monthly! Aargh! I can't put into words how much I love these books. They're beautiful, and wondrous, and fantastic. They're also dark, and gritty, and a bit scary. I can say honestly that because of that friend, I found my favorite author, bar none. And I'm far from alone; just check how many followers he has on Twitter. ;-) These books are, primarily, fantasy. They take on theology, as well, so if you're easily offended by the idea of polytheism, or of powerful beings that predate even the gods, these aren't the books for you. Oh, and Lucifer Morningstar is in there, too, along with all the hordes of Hell. There is occasional graphic violence; they really mean the Mature rating. I know I haven't talked much about the contents of this volume; I wouldn't do them justice. The short, short version is, the incarnation of Dream is trapped by humans for a generation. This is the story of the consequences of that capture and subsequent escape. I don't know if the version being sold of this particular book for the Nook is the color-corrected version. The original release of Preludes and Nocturnes had some messed up coloring that I always knew was wrong but accepted anyway; the recent hardbound omnibus editions repaired this issue. My best advice to you is... buy it, of course. It's not exactly a light read, and it's very definitely not your standard comic book (though it's been a long time, and this comic was and is hailed as groundbreaking; "standard" comic books today are a lot more like this than they were back then. Superhero comics weren't exactly literature, back then. I don't think the graphic novel Arkham Asylum could've happened if it weren't for Sandman). This is a real book, and it will challenge you; it just happens to have pictures. I was an English Lit major and book snob back then; this was a hard thing for me to accept. But this is the good stuff. Just don't go into it expecting to only buy this book and walk away. ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started my incursion into the world of Sandman through a friend who is a little bit of a nut. He highly recommended the fourth installment of the series, Season of Mists and I was mesmerized. I decided to get start from story one and got Preludes and Nocturnes... it was a ride. It is a dark story, and a very original one. The literacy level on Gaiman's work is outstanding, and the few references to classic comic book characters brings some fresh air to a dark tale. It is masterfully crafted, and skillfully drawn. The story, the characters and the eeriness of the whole touches on horror sometimes, and will send a chill down your spine in more than one occasion. It will suck you into its world, and you are not going to resist it. Preludes and Nocturnes is in some ways like the Cenobites in Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Nightmare to some, dream to others.
rralexa More than 1 year ago
Honestly, be prepared to be taken places. You can visit upon the fanciful, the tragic, the grotesque, the hopeful and so much more. It's a series that is going to pull you in and sucker punch you and  reward you and untimely make you think. It will make a good gift for anyone looking for a thoughtful read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most game changing comics ever written. As impressive now as it was when it came out in the 80s.
librarianbryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the beginning of my official Sandman reboot project. This series destroyed my world as a teen so now I'm going back. Gaiman's fiction feels like a rehash of his comics work so I want to go back see if series is as good as I remember it, and lives up to its reputation as "best ever."First, a few things that were revolutionary (at least for DC Comics) in 1990 don't seem as game changing now: LGBT characters, non-mainstream subcultures, and "adult" subject matter. It just seems like Gaiman is living out his fantasies like all comics creators only he's more goth than geek (not that these two are mutually exclusive). In retrospect, Gaiman has obviously been lauded for doing things a generation of underground/small press comics authors did before him. I guess it feels good to be queen of the ball. As Gaiman admits, results are mixed as he was still discovering the character of Sandman and his world. The relevant change for me was switch from Sam Keith to Mike Dringenberg as chief penciller. Keith's conception was far too cartoony. Dringenberg's approach was, well, more adult, more serious, and it works better. By the end of the eighth issue the world of Sandman felt like it had been established, where as the beginning issues just kind of felt like one-offs (exactly the sort of serial narrative worts that destroy comics and tv shows and force critical minds not to take said mediums seriously).So, Preludes & Nocturnes was a slight let down, but we are just getting (re)started!
lifeafterjane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some time last year I realized, much to my dismay, that I hadn¿t read a Neil Gaiman book in months. Right on top of that thought came the NEXT one which was this:There are MANY Neil Gaiman books that I haven¿t read AT ALL, not even once.I knew immediately that this simply would not do. I¿m sure you are all aware, as am I, that reading Neil Gaiman¿s books will greatly increase your chances of success in the afterlife. This is a fact, children, and you can tell your mums and whatnot that Laura said so.I can¿t remember the last time I read a graphic novel (which is really just a hoity-toity name for a fancy comic book- I don¿t care WHAT you say). I know there was one I use to read, back in the day, when I was a wee tot but I¿m pretty sure it was brightly colored and involved good guys killing bad guys. When I pledged myself (and the safety of my eternal soul) to reading all of Neil¿s books, I unwittingly committed to reading his graphic novels, The Sandman series- which are NOT brightly colored but DO involve lots of different kinds of people, killing lots of different kinds of people.I procured a copy of The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes, which contains issues 1-8. I didn¿t know what to expect from the series, or from a graphic novel in general so I was more than pleasantly surprised when I discovered that I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Don¿t you just love that feeling when you¿re reading something so good that it would take a VERY strong person prying it out of your hand while you¿re repeatedly beating them over the head with their own leg, to take it away from you? You know you do.The story is about the king of dreams who is accidentally summoned by an evil wizard who was REALLY trying to summon Death (dumbass). Scared stupid, the wizard imprisons Dream for many years and loots his stuff. When Dream finally gets free, he sets off to retrieve the tools of his trade that have since been scattered hither and thither throughout the world(s). These first 8 issues follow him into the dream world, the human world and hell as he reclaims the items that hold his power.The artwork is absolutely amazing in parts and in others absolutely grotesque- like whenever they did a close up of Stimpy¿s boogers. The images and imagery are incredibly dark, powerful and disturbing. 24 Hours (issue #6) was almost more than I could handle. It wasn¿t until the last issue in the volume that I really got a Neil feel because it took him a little while to warm up. This being the first volume of the series and largely rumored to be the weakest, I can forgive him his stage fright.But I¿m in, I¿m hooked, I¿m committed and Vol 2, The Doll¿s House, should be here any day now.
nordie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First book in the Sandman series.An occult rite brings back the wrong member of the Endless. Looking to capture Death, they bring back her brother Dream, who gets imprisoned for 70 years. Since Morpheus no longer walks the earth, people are condemned to a life of permanent wakefulness, never to sleep or never to wake from a dreamless sleep.Dream finally escapes after the death of his original captor, and weak (since no one has dreamt for so long, his world has collapsed). His tools - the bag of unlimited sand, his mask and his ruby - have been cast into the world and underworld and he needs to fight to get them back.Along the way you meet many characters from multiple universes, including John Constatine, Cain and Abel, Belzebub. Dr Dee is given the most attention, having escaped Arkham Asylum with Dream's ruby and using it to sow nightmares and terror.Winning, he feels at a loss as to what to do next, but spending time with his sister Death reminds him of what it means to be one of the Endless.......Iconic story, this isn't one of the comic stories you read as a child.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve never been much of a comic book reader, but I do enjoy Neil Gaiman¿s writing, so I decided to give The Sandman a try. I¿m very glad I did! The premise is creative and the story compelling. I also like the artwork, but I¿m afraid I haven¿t read enough comic books to make any intelligent remarks on that front. What I can say is that this comic is not fluff - it makes you think. And it will chill you to your bones.I generally enjoy horror novels, but the the pairing of words and images gives The Sandman an inescapable immediacy that makes it much more disturbing than a regular novel. One issue in particular is so creepy that I¿m surprised I didn¿t have nightmares. (Mister Sandman, don¿t bring me a dream¿) Anything that can affect me so powerfully deserves five stars in my book. I¿m looking forward to reading Vol. 2 as soon as I can get it from my library.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman is known for originality, and his work in the graphic series The Sandman is certainly testament to that. In this, the first instalment we can see how the beginning came about for this epic comic series. This dark and twisted tale of dreams and nightmares, features Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, and it is easy to recognize Gaiman¿s familiar touch. The artwork of Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III bring this story to vivid life, and is truly the stuff that nightmares are made of.Originally released in 1987, this series is often seen as one of the finest in graphic storytelling. I note that Gaiman himself, does not consider this first volume his best work, as he felt he was still finding his feet in this art form. But the mix of mythology, fairy tales, and blurred reality is pure Gaiman and this early work is an indicator of the strong images he would go on to produce.It is difficult to write a review of such an established icon in the world of graphics, but I can say that this tale still weaves it¿s magic and draws the reader into it¿s fantastic world. One I hope to continue to discover in subsequent issues of The Sandman series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing. Good art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Translates to electronic media just fine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece of writing and visuals, the combination of a great story and stunning visuals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest comic series ever written
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
He has finally escaped his imprisonment and now he needs to find his tools but who has them? He is the King of Dreams and without his tools, he is weak and powerless. In his weaken stage, he starts to gather what was once his so he can reign once again, in the world of dreams. I have to admit it took me a while to capture what was actually happening in this novel for I was lost by the chain of events and by the individuals in the panels. Why the events were happening and how these individuals were related are just a few of the questions that still puzzle my mind today, but knowing that this is a series, perhaps in the future, I will gain answers. As a recent Neil Gaiman fan, I received this graphic novel from my son for Christmas. It was a surprise as I hadn’t come across this one yet. On a happy note, my library carries many of the next editions of this series, so I can borrow them. In this novel, I enjoyed all the references to music that were scattered throughout the text. Symbolic to the events transpiring on the page, there was music playing on the jukebox, characters singing or thinking about a specific tune. This novel was not tame, there were parts of this novel that many might find disgusting but I appreciate a good horror novel so I enjoyed these startling, dark illustrations with the disturbing characters with their fantastic facial expressions. Printed on glossy paper, the bright illustrations told the story of a King who was determined to get his power back. What will the King of Dreams accomplish when he has all his tools back, I have no idea but that is another question that I pondered? I wondered also if he is mad at the individual(s) who trapped him or if he is mad at his brother who was supposed to be the one trapped? Will he retaliate for all the years that he lost? There are so many questions that I have. I know that I am not a great reader of graphic novels as I feel that I am extremely slow. I feel as if I am analyzing each frame, afraid that I am missing something, perhaps a clue, before I continue on to the next frame. I picked up book two of this series today at the library, I hope there are some answers inside it and not more questions. Neil, give me some answers!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Preludes & Nocturnes (Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III The Sandman series doesn't need much introduction at this point. Dream and his journey have become an iconic and canonical piece of comics history. I came to this book after hearing about it from friends and having it recommended very by one of my favorite security officers at my place of employ. Preludes & Nocturnes is a bind up of the first eight issues of The Sandman. It's also worth noting that it was published before Vertigo existed as an imprint and as a result things get a little weird. Everyone I knew who had read Preludes & Nocturnes told me to be kind and give the series at least until the end of this volume. Truth be told, it's a rough start to the series. Part of this is because the comic text is very small and the pages are very glossy. It's also just a really strange story. After being imprisoned for decades, Dream breaks out of his cell and goes on a quest to find his missing tools and reclaim his kingdom. This brings him to Hell where he negotiates with Lucifer Morningstar, to England where he works with John Constantine, and even to Gotham and the Justice League. Preludes & Nocturnes makes a lot more sense after reading the author's note from Gaiman at the end explaining his vision for each comic. It's also clearer in the final volume when Dream and his sister, Death, spend some time together that there is a set direction for the rest of the series. There's no way around the fact that Preludes & Nocturnes is a rough start to the series. It's strange and uneven and all over the place with tone and characters. But Dream is a fascinating character and the final story in this issue is enough to suggest that something really interesting is in store for dedicated readers. Comics readers and fantasy fans who have not read this series already should definitely check it out. (But I'll give you the advice everyone gave me: Make sure you commit to at least the end of this book before you make any decisions about how much of the series you'll be reading!)
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream's new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex's guards grow careless and the guards watching him fall asleep in his presence, allowing Dream to use the sand from their dream to his benefit. When the guards awake and break the seal Dream was in, he is then able to escape. Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares. The rest of the story concerns Dream's quest to recover his totems of power, which were dispersed following his capture: a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby. The pouch is being kept by a former girlfriend of John Constantine's. Once that is recovered, Dream travels to hell to regain the helm from a demon, where he incurs the wrath of Lucifer (an enmity that will have major repercussions later in the series). The ruby is in the possession of John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, a supervillain from the Justice League of America series. He has warped and corrupted the ruby, rendering Dream unable to use it, and with it he nearly tears apart the Dreaming. However, thinking that it will kill Dream, Dee shatters the ruby, inadvertently releasing the power that Dream had stored in the ruby and restoring Dream to his full power. The collection ends with "The Sound of Her Wings", an epilogue to the first story-arc. This issue introduces a character who has become one of the series' most popular and prominent personalities: Dream's older sister Death. She is depicted as an attractive, down-to-earth young goth girl, very unlike the traditional personification of death, and spends the issue talking Dream out of his brief post-quest depression. This first volume contains eight stories revolving around Dream. Dream is also called Lord of Dream and Nightmare, Prince of Stories or Morpheus. I’m sure he’ll eventually be called Sandman, but not that I remember in this volume. Anyway, I went into this expecting Morpheus to be a bad guy, but he doesn’t seem to be. He’s one of the Endless, so I’m assuming he can’t be killed. Other than that I really have very little idea of what the hell is going on here. Basically, he was imprisoned, he escaped, he tracked down the tools of his trade and then hung out with his sister, Death. Not having read the comic books growing up, I’m not all that familiar with DC characters. However, this seems to be an interesting world. I look forward to more stories about Dream, who’s kinda cool looking, by the way. The artwork is really interesting and enjoyable. In this volume: 1. The Sleep of the Just ~ imprisonment and escape 2. Imperfect Hosts ~ heading home 3. Dream a Little Dream of Me ~ finding the pouch 4. A Hope in Hell ~ retrieving the helm 5. Passengers ~ the ruby is different 6. 24 Hours ~ waiting for Dream 7. Sound and Fury ~ battle for the ruby 8. The Sound of Her Wings ~ Dream and Death hanging out
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xbinkus More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop, and now it's done... can I read it like 80 more times now please?
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