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The Sandman: Overture #1 - Chapter One Review


Neil Gaiman brings SANDMAN back and it feels like we're back with old friends.

The Good

It's so hard to believe how long it's been since SANDMAN started and then ended. Neil Gaiman is back and brings along J.H. Williams III for the art in this six-issue prequel story. At first the idea of a story taking place before the series felt like a slight letdown. After giving it some thought and reading this first issue, it makes perfect sense. This is the Sandman we remember. Even if it's been years since you've read the series, you'll feel right at home.

There are so many moments where you'll find yourself mesmerized by the art. Williams doesn't miss a beat in recreating this world so many of us deeply adore. The amount of intricate detail in individual panels along with the variation in styles (depending on the scene) is something you'll want to stop and simply admire. As if the art couldn't get any better, the inclusion of Dave Stewart's colors blasts it over the top. This is an amazingly beautiful comic.

The story gives us the hauntingly return of Morpheus. For me, it's been many years since I've read the series. It's one of those series I really enjoyed and just want to hang onto the memory of that enjoyment rather than take the risk of parts feeling dated after all these years. As you read and you catch that first glimpse of a familiar character, you'll practically jump out of your seat with each recognition. It's not a matter of throwing in certain characters to appeal to our nostalgia, they each serve a purpose and you'll be glued to the pages to see what happens next. And wait until you see the fold out pages.

There is always that little problem with prequels in knowing where the story has to end up. At the same time, there simply is so much we do not know. That is what this series will be - the journey to a moment I've always been fascinated with.

The Bad

The bi-monthly schedule is going to be tough. It will be worth the wait but it's going to be tough.

The Verdict

SANDMAN is back and it's everything you'd hoped it would be. Neil Gaiman is the only one that could pull this off and he does effortlessly. J.H. Williams III art and Dave Stewart's colors are phenomenal. We may have been waiting a long time to return to these characters and world but it feels like it was just yesterday we last saw it all. Gaiman does a great job bring us back into the story and never misses a beat in the storytelling. We get a great set up with the mystery building as the story progresses. It will be hard to wait for the next issue but we've already waited this long. SANDMAN was a great series and Gaiman once again reminds us why with this first issue.

24 Comments Refresh
Posted by Damian_Arrows

can't wait

Posted by ptigrusmagus

The Sandman is why I read comics.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

I Love and Idolize Neil Gaiman , which is why I'm going to read this and the original run


Posted by fables87

I WANT WANT WANT! Can't wait to see how Williams draws the rest of the Endless. Especially Death an Delirium.

Posted by D_Knight

hey im still fairly new to comics so i have yet to pick up sandman but i know its a must read. is this prequel something i can pick up right off yhe shelf or should i get caught up with the series?

Edited by Mucklefluga

Can't believe I still haven't started the original series :/

Edited by SaintWildcard

@citizenbane said:

This issue almost ruined the original Sandman series for me.

I mean, how am I supposed to go back and read that stuff now, after seeing JH Williams' art in this book? So many incredible splash pages. I thought he was perfect for this material when they first announced he was doing it, and he did not disappoint.

Great issue.

For a minute there I thought you were going to go in a negative direction

Posted by bsavelli

When I first heard that my favorite writer and my favorite artist would come together for a new run of my favorite comicbook series, I almost cried in joy. And, God, was I right about getting excited over this. William's interpretations of Gaiman's writing is perfect, and Stewart's colors are simply astonishing. Throw some covers by Dave McKean in that equation and the result is definitely an Eisner winning series.

5 stars.

Edited by oldnightcrawler

@d_knight said:

hey im still fairly new to comics so i have yet to pick up sandman but i know its a must read. is this prequel something i can pick up right off yhe shelf or should i get caught up with the series?

well, if you haven't read The Sandman before, it shouldn't hurt to read a story that takes place before it, right?

The original series jumps around through history anyway, so I don't really think it's the kind of thing you need to read in any particular order. I know I didn't (I read the trades I thought had the best art first, then got hooked into reading all the parts I'd missed). I wouldn't call the original series a "must read", but it is a great one.

Edited by Boogiepop

@d_knight I doubt there'd be any harm in reading the prequel first. You might miss out on the little moments I had like "hey there's ______!!!" when you see the different characters cameos, but I'd say go ahead and pick up the series. It shouldn't be too hard to follow it.

And I'm so glad they got J.H. Williams III to do the art. He's one of the best artists in the industry and fits so well with the Sandman.

Posted by Trevel8182


Edited by asjmooney

I've just finished reading the issue without reading the original series and it's got me hooked. Mesmerizing stuff and thrilled to get my J.H Williams fix.

Edited by dondave

Can't believe I still haven't started the original series :/

Edited by spinningbirdcake

Man this issue is definitely going to go a ways to inspire me to get those two Sandman omnibus a bit earlier than intended.

Looks so damn good.

Posted by longbowhunter

Gorgeous!! JH Williams III really puts you in this world with his art. I was so entranced at times it felt like I was floating in a weightless dream state. Its a thrill to see Morpheus, Death, Destiny, Lucien and even Corinthian again. I spent a lot of time getting to know and love these characters. Sucks I'll have to wait two months for another visit.

Posted by HollowPrince65

After reading this.... I am about to lose +$100 trying to get 1-10 collections xD

Edited by Hsieh

I've never read the original series and this was pretty much extremely confusing. I don't know if I'll be picking this one up, but I'm definitely going to go check out the original series first. Maybe I'll like it the second time around :)

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Book of the wk. Gorgeous book. Sandman Omnibus vol 2 coming in a few wks. I'm in Sandman heaven right now

Posted by _Marc_74

Gonna cost a fortune to catch up on 25 years but so tempted. Why was I not told all those years ago.

Maybe ill tryb digital and grab this in trade in over a year

Edited by Jake Fury

Completely lost after reading.LOL

Posted by KryptonSabbath

After reading this.... I am about to lose +$100 trying to get 1-10 collections xD

Me too. I've been eyeing up The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1 on Amazon for the past few days...

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@dondave said:

@mucklefluga said:

Can't believe I still haven't started the original series :/

me too, But omg this issue was so fraking beautiful. I am very interested in what is going to happen.

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

Finally got my copy today, and I'm very pleased with it. I'm mostly buying it for J.H. Williams art(with Dave Stewart and Todd Klein of course), as I've never read any Sandman, and I kind of get the feeling I would have enjoyed the issue even more with some prior knowledge, but hopefully the series will make enough sense to me, as I imagine a prequel should be able to.

Posted by SavageDragon

Brilliant issue.