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The must read graphic novel by Gaiman that will have you hooked.
It is not often that one comes across beautiful narratives that has the potential to change the way readers look at life and the way to live it, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is one of such brilliantly crafted piece of art. Originally published by DC comics Sandman was written by the master storyteller and drawn by very adept artists such as Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli, with lettering by Todd Klein and covers by Dave McKean. The original run of the series consisted of 75 issues, from January 1989 to March 1996. The Sandman was one of the first few graphic novels ever to be featured on the New York Times best seller list, and it has been since critically acclaimed the world over for its beautiful narrative. The Sandman series has got several spinoffs and adaptations too.
The story of sandman revolves around the character of the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus and his six other “endless” siblings. The seven endless, Destiny, Destruction, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair and Delirium are the metaphysical entities who are portrayed through personification. The series also features several other timelines and characters of the DC universe and the blending process adapted by Gaiman is the very definition of how a genius works at his craft.
The series deals with philosophical dilemmas and is quite depressing throughout, focusing on topics such as mortality and immortality and the randomness and absurdity of life. The visuals are absolutely stunning and at several points outright gruesome. The central theme of the series focuses upon topics like loneliness, power and its futility, burden of responsibility, violence and its uselessness and the hard-headed foolishness of trying to grasp an understanding of “reality” and asking big questions like what is the meaning of life etc.
Sandman is a life altering piece of work, it is guaranteed that you’ll find some aspect or the other interesting enough to keep you hooked throughout the series. It might come off as depressing to some but on the other hand it might be that valuable and relatable reading time that’ll give some people a little peace of mind. Anyway we don’t mean to decide for you guys…go ahead and read for yourselves to find out. Don’t forget to mail us your opinions because based on it we have more suggestions for you. Happy reading friends. <3
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