Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Book Review: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1) The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really had no idea what to expect going into this graphic novel. My only experience with Neil Gaiman was watching Stardust (which I loved) and Coraline (which I hated).

The beginning and end of the book were pretty cool. The story was intriguing, and I felt that it resolved well. Gaiman presented a pretty good message on power and the importance of understanding and being able to control that power, along with the destruction that occurs when power is misused.

I think is depiction of Dee (Dr. Destiny) inciting all kinds of corruption was a bit too graphic and disturbing for me. I'm not familiar with his character in other comics, but I would have given this book a one of five if it hadn't resolved so well. Dee, one of the antagonists, is portrayed as extremely evil, but then all of a sudden he becomes so naive and harmless once he destroys the Dream's amulet. Is it possible that the naive can be so evil?

I probably won't be reading the next 9 volumes any time soon, if ever.

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