The Sandman

The Sandman

Overture, the Deluxe Edition

eBook - 2015
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"Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman's legendary series is back in a deluxe hardcover edition! THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics/Vertigo, [2015]
ISBN: 9781401262976
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume (unpaged)) : color illustrations.
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Oct 23, 2019

Overture definitely is more of an overture than a prequel. This volume leans more on art than on storytelling like previous volumes, but it's still a wonderful cap to the series, taking it far beyond the earth, revealing previously unexplained segments of Morpheus's past, pretty much lampshading Morpheus's ultimate fate (or rebirth??) and finally tying it back to the beginning of the first volume. Definitely best read after you've read all ten volumes of Sandman. You feel like you're coming back to the beginning of a cycle--like an ouroboros.

May 02, 2019

Another great volume of the Sandman saga (it would serve as an origin story if anything about this expansive, experimental literary comic were linear or traditional) with the most stunningly beautiful art I've ever seen in the comic book format. Great for the unitiated and die-hard fans alike.

VaughanPLMichael Nov 04, 2018

Gaiman shows us once again why he is the master of story telling. In a climate of over-saturated reboots and origin stories, Gaiman takes the characters we already love and know and puts them in a beginning stories of sorts. Ironically enough though, it feels more like a final chapter. If this was the final piece from the very large and extended universe of the Sandman, I would be very pleased with this final entry.

I must call out the brilliant artistic work of J.H. Williams III. What he was able to do with the art work on the pages of this book are breath-taking. I haven't seen mind bending art such as this since reading Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Both original and still familiar with the Sandman family, Williams art kept me gasping at the brilliance of it.

If you're a fan of the Sandman series, you've probably already read this. If not, I highly HIGHLY recommend it. With many stories being milked to the bone of creative ideas, it's refreshing to find one that is still pushing the characters, stories, and universe, forward into new territories.

Aug 19, 2018

It took me a while to warm up to the story. It's well named as an overture since it feels like a fragmentary glimpse of a greater whole. Visually there's some brilliant composition and colouring on these pages. My favourite artwork was Dream talking to Delirium, Dream talking to Night, and Destiny and Dream with the ship.

Dec 27, 2017

Wow! What a round trip! Worth the price of messing with your head.

Nov 03, 2017

I should have probably read this after I finished the series because there was a lot of things that would have made a lot more sense if I knew what was going on.

Still, it was beautiful and I loved every turn of the page

forbesrachel Aug 16, 2016

Only the fantastical mind of Neil Gaiman could capture the elusive, mutable, and eccentric nature of "dreams", and in J. H. Williams III, he has found the perfect partner to portray it visually. Overture is a prequel to Gaiman's acclaimed Sandman series that describes Dream's journey (in all his incarnations) to stop the end from happening. In the course of this, he, and cat-Dream go to see their father, mother, and the City of the Stars, they meet with many of their brothers and sisters, and pick up a young girl named Hope. Various aspects of nature and life (such as desire, and time) are personified in distinct ways. Not a one is so simple that other qualities can't be attributed to them, which makes them infinitely more enjoyable to read about. The world these characters inhabit is at once, both difficult to grasp, and crystal clear. Basically, the creators manage to instill a sense of a vast unimaginable, unknowable reality that the human mind could never understand, while delivering a story that is easy to follow, and characters that we can relate to. As fans of Gaiman have come to expect, the language is at the very highest level. It is as beautiful as the art that accompanies it; vague enough to be mysterious and enticing, yet detailed and precise enough to deliver the answers we need. The changing art styles, colour palettes, and unique layouts and borders only complement the above. Different fonts and colours in the speech bubbles, are not only stylistically appropriate, but a welcome device for identifying who is speaking. In every way Sandman: Overture is unique, an exceptional example of the graphic novel form, and an unimaginable story of the very highest degree.

gmarlier Aug 05, 2016

This is one of the best graphic novels/comics of all time. The art is extraordinary, and the story is incredible. One of the best writers in the business at his peak works with one of the best artists in the business - how can you go wrong? I highly recommend it, but you should read as much of the rest of the Sandman series first.

Jun 29, 2016

Ignore the "prequel" label. It's a prequel that chronologically comes after the end of the series -I doubt this could make more sense in any other story rather than the Sandman. There are some spoilers scattered here and there, but overall, Overture won't make much sense unless you're already familiarized with the dynamic of the original series. Don't waste this beautiful book without the proper preparation; it makes the whole world of difference.

I used the word beautiful because that's the best achievement of this tome. The art is superb; I'm heading straight to the library to find whatever I can from J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart. I want to cover my living room walls with the gorgeous backgrounds from the first chapters. The story aims for epic, and the art takes us straight there. The story itself, however...

I gave Endless Nights a five star review because I delivered exactly what it should: most enjoyable side stories that provide a little more understanding and appreciation for the characters we've come to care about on the main series. However, when you place a story on the same sequence of events that those of the main story, they ought to be related, and definitely up to par. Sure, the cover promises to explain why was Dream so weakened at the moment of his imprisonment, and it does, but in a way that is disconnected from the concepts -spheres, mythology and twistedness- of the original; it flat disappoints.

Overture actually feels closer to Ch 3: The Heart of a Star from Endless Nights than to the main story itself. And that's my problem with it: Endless Nights is meant to be an extra kick, Overture shouldn't have been. The Kindly Ones made a spectacular job connecting all the dots throughout the series, I guess I was expecting this one to be up there as well.

Maybe Overture only suffers because I had the highest expectations. But sorry, you can't be part of the Sandman series and half deliver. *sigh* I wanted to give it a 5 so bad.

May 22, 2016

The art is gorgeous and the story is hauntingly melancholy, beautifully confusing. Reality is destroyed, and Morpheus has to remake the universe by spinning the dreams of a few thousand survivors. You meet the Endless' parents, Night and Time!

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