May 8th, 2006
|10:21 am - Cartoons? At Your Age?|
Ever since my friend Angelo hooked me on comics, I have been told, repeatedly, to read The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman.
And now I finally have.
There are a few seminal masterpieces of comic literature that came out of the '80s, including The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Both of them lived up to the hype; both were great stories well told, using the medium to its fullest advantage, proving that little panels with words and pictures could be just powerful as black-and-white text or even those newfangled "moving pictures."
The Sandman, much longer than both of them combined, is similarly fantastic. It's both grand in scope and intensely personal. It's thought-provoking and inventive. It's funny and heartbreaking. It's imaginative and derivative and imaginatively derivative. It combines multiple religions and mythoses into one all its own. It takes minor characters from one story and puts them in pivotal roles in another. It tackles themes of identity, family, change, responsibility, life, death, love, storytelling, and everything in between.
It is, to be perfectly honest, epic. Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed, epic.
Now, going into the story, I knew next to nothing about it, and I've found that if possible, that's the best way to experience a story. So I will stop here and give The Sandman my utmost approval for those of you who need one more person telling you to read the blasted thing. When you get around to it, tell me what you think.
For those of you who have already read it, continue on to my initial reactions as I went along, posted on other messageboards. Then join me in the comments and tell me your favorite stories, your favorite characters, your favorite whatevers.
You've got your head in the clouds, but you really do go to sleep to dream.
( Preludes and NocturnesCollapse )
( The Doll's HouseCollapse )
( Dream CountryCollapse )
( Season of MistsCollapse )
( A Game of YouCollapse )
( Fables and ReflectionsCollapse )
( Brief LivesCollapse )
( Worlds' EndCollapse )
( The Kindly OnesCollapse )
( The WakeCollapse )
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Gimble - Way to Mandalay [in my head]