The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition
A great story will take time, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman fans have already been waiting a while to find out panic disorder one on the biggest questions with this universe: what resulted in the imprisonment of Dream? Now, almost 27 years after Sandman #1 published in 1988, Neil Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams III answer the question in The Sandman: Overture—and spectacularly so. The very busy Mr. Gaiman had time for three key questions from us concerning the writing process in Overture with the exceptional collaboration while using artist. (Bonus! J.H. Williams III shares an upmarket image from his sketchbook below.)
Amazon Book Review: The events that appear in Overture lead straight into Dream’s first story, Preludes and Nocturnes. Did you always determine what was going to occur in Overture’s events—or when you finally began writing it, did anything consist of your initial plan?
Neil Gaiman: Well I always knew the best way it would definitely end. I knew the final page, and I was confident of all the pages before this. Other than that, I had a concept of—I almost knew the high points. It was something like going, okay, if you’re driving from New York to Los Angeles, you form of have a thought of the places you’re about to visit in route, however you don’t really know what’s likely to happen within the journey, and also you don’t be aware of diversions.
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. Read the rest of this entry »