Sandman Deluxe Vol. 11 | Review


Published on Sep 21, 2019


When we speak of the now-defunct Vertigo is mentioned, almost immediately, the Sandman, the masterpiece of Neil Gaiman, which for many was the series most representative of the publishing division of adult DC Comics. As fan knows, the series was a publishing phenomenon and unprecedented cultural and the intriguing events of the God of Dreams Morpheus and the characters associated with him have left their mark even outside the relatively narrow scope of the comics.

RW Lion has revived the whole series in a line of volumes, Deluxe, and at this eleventh output offers a special long out of the catalogue: the Sandman Endless Nights. In the United States came after the closing of the monthly, and is divided into chapters, each dedicated to a member of the endless, the bizarre family of entities that they symbolize, each with a specific concept. It is of course always Neil Gaiman that makes use of the exceptional talent of the authentic masters of international comics.

You need to specify that the stories take place before the start of the regular series, or still in the past and it is not necessary to have read the adventures of Morpheus to understand them. Indeed, in a certain sense, the stories represent a kind of visiting card of the characters and are a good starting point for those wishing to explore the fascinating universe of the Sandman.

The book opens with Death, the death, the beautiful and sensual sister of Morpheus, and Gaiman conceives of a plot poignant and melancholy backdrop of Venice, decadent, and gloomy, was not without fascination and charm. An important role play a troubled man who could be manipulated by Death and the ruler of a faerie difficult to achieve. The texts and dialogues of Gaiman are pure poetry and the drawings of the great P. Craig Russell, influenced by art nouveau and art deco, evoked with skill situations visionary imagine by the writer.

Then, with the Desire, the evil creature androgynous that has always given me a hard time at Morpheus. Also in this case, Gaiman opts for dreamy atmospheres and dreamlike way of telling the story of two lovers who live in a world that is ancestral; and from the time that, considering the presence of Desire, not lack allusions to eroticism, it is the only one who could draw this chapter is the maestro Milo Manara who gives boards valuable enhanced by an elegance and a refinement unquestionable.

Another consummate artist, Miguelanxo Prado, illustrates the chapter dedicated to Morpheus. In this case, Gaiman uses the other Endless and it offers us different versions of Death, the more intimidating and unapproachable than usual, Despair and Delight, the future Delirium. Everything happens in the realm of dreams and the story centers on Lady Killalla, a woman Or beloved by Sandman, and a cruel joke of the incorrigible Desire to the detriment of the older brother. Gaiman indulges itself with the fantasy, making it appear different creatures, fairy tales, and the drawings of the Prado museum, the elegant contributions of the pictorial, are more than appropriate.

Gaiman then focuses on the frightening Despair and offers one of the chapters, the more experimental and bolder of the collection. In fact we are dealing with a mixture of texts between them mixed in the same manner as of the cut-up burroghsiani that accompany the incredible collage pictorial of the great Barron Storey. The two artists conceive, then, a work that reminds of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, and reading it is the equivalent of experiencing a terrifying trip for the textual and the visual, which can not leave anyone indifferent.

So as not to remain indifferent while reading the adventure of the mad Delirium. On this occasion, Gaiman outlines a story-line from the disordered structure and uneven, in line with the psyche of the disaster of the little sister of Morpheus. To make the chapter even more destabilizing is the great Bill Sienkiewicz that produces tables spectacular, enhanced by the attitude of expressionism and painting, which his fans know.

Not missing a episode that sees as protagonist Destruction. Gaiman tells a delicate and poignant story of intimate focussed on him and on a beautiful archaeologist involved in a dig on an exotic island. The atmosphere is charming and the drawings of Glenn Fabry, known to most as the covers of Preacher, naturalistic and very detailed, make justice to the script.

And the book closes with the enigmatic Destiny. Gaiman describes in detail its nature, and also this time opts for an intriguing blend of text and illustration, relying on the ability of undisputed the very talented psychedelic, and Frank Quitely. The volume is also accompanied by a screenplay by Gaiman, and the extra material that gives an additional quality to this eleventh Deluxe Sandman.

If you are looking for, then, the texts and drawings of the highest level, you can not absolutely neglect him.

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