POSSIBLE MILD SPOILERS. This book can be a collection of all six from the original “Overture” comics. The Overture story may be described as a prequel, of sorts, for the larger and longer Sandman saga, (which appeared over twenty-five in years past and marked Gaiman’s big appearance within the literary stage). While “Sandman” handles Morpheus, (the Dream King), as well as his siblings, (Desire, Destiny, Death etc), this prequel features Morpheus almost exclusively, however, there are cameos by most from the siblings and also other Sandman characters, as well as a part from the book emerges over to Morpheus seeking to navigate the rift between his father, (Time), and mother, (Night). This Morpheus story is usually a stand alone tale, nevertheless it explains and enriches many aspects in the later/earlier Sandman saga.
Here’s the really good part. I have read many Sandman, not necessarily all the books and not really in order, and even though I’ve been in a position to follow some on the story lines I’ve also completely lost the thread every now and again. I still think the series is much more fun than only about other things, while I know I’m sometimes only finding a fraction from it. BUT, Overture is very accessible, regardless of whether, (or perhaps especially if), you don’t know the Sandman world. The start can be a bit bumpy, needless to say, even so the main arc becomes clear ahead of time, and also the subplots flow naturally from that main line. I’ve read a great deal of graphic novels that turn heavily on pretentious and incomprehensible goobledegook, and possibly the most admirable thing you’ll be able to say about Gaiman is he never hides behind such empty baloney. He tells stories first, and goes poetic/vague only once appropriate.
As a unique plus, in addition to your strong narrative as well as the compelling supporting art, this tale has some fine little bits, scenes and throwaways, that offer it both depth plus a suprising humorousness. (For example, Dream-Cat features a very appealing dry spontaneity that, every once in awhile, nicely deflates Dream’s pomposity. It’s very engaging to find out that Gaiman would prefer in this work to kid himself and go on a joke, and needless to say that makes the full effort better.)
Apart from precisely the general reward to getting what’s happening, being capable to comprehend the outlines in the story frees you up to really appreciate and admire the art. It just helps a great deal when you know the artist is looking to present, specifically when the story along with the art work fit together so well and thus thoroughly complement and elevate 1 another. There are some set scenes and several panel series which are just jaw dropping, high are many arresting shifts in fashion, coloring and draftsmanship that reflect the shifts any way you like, color and plot from the narrative itself. (One example: much turns within the star that’s gone insane, along with the artist does an excellent job of presenting, inside an abstract fashion, precisely what that looks like.) For those serious about such things there is really a treasure trove of short articles, Q-and-A’s as well as the like from your author and from Williams, Stewart (colors) and Klein (lettering), that arranged in detail plus their very engaging own voices how many from the illustrating and coloring decisions were made.
So, I wanted greatly to read this because it is Gaiman, it’s Sandman/Morpheus, and it is gorgeous. I did not in any way expect to admire as well as enjoy it approximately I did; while I can be pretty much a Sandman novice, I put this toward the top with the to-read Sandman list.)
Please realize that I received a complimentary advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe ecopy on this book so they could earn a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection in any respect to either the article author or the publisher on this book.