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Review: The Sandman Overture Deluxe Edition

Wow. That is all.


“#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller and winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story!

Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe 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 J.H. 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.”

( Extracted from Amazon )


In it’s first release in 25 years, The Sandman: Overture feeds a story in lofty dream spaces of the universe starring a character named Dream. Philosophy is sometimes mixed with how this story unfolds and setting warps these common variables in time and space. This story is the prequel to the comics that started release in the late 80s that redefined comics and this book does the same; is sometimes lucid other times not so much and in effect, creates the atmosphere, breaking the bounds of what we are used to in normal life, but still often we can relate. It is beauty in less context while giving curious wonders at the same time:


The Sandman: Overture takes place in the year 1915 in bounds outside of our Earthly world with nightmares and dreamscapes. It reminds us that sometimes there aren’t words to describe some kinds of atmosphere and feelings of a story, but careful combination of certain words, albeit not many either, can ring a bell in our heads and subtly hint a reminiscence of such things that cannot be fully explained, even sometimes reminding us of our own dreams or things outside the bounds of human normalcy. Along with the imagery here, we get a hefty idea of the world that Neil Gaiman is presenting in this whopping 224 pages in hard cover format ( with around 50 bonus pages of variant cover art, interviews and even notes from Mr. Gaiman himself, but I believe this just in the hard cover edition ).

War, beginnings and endings of all things to come when Dream meets vibrant, diverse characters and unique situations that are dreamy in their own right. The comic cells are often creatively inserted with setting in mind and even art style is varied from time to time throughout:

And this small sneak peak speaks just a few words in a whole paragraph for this graphic novel. It’s just amazing.


The Sandman: Overture is a deep dive into the reality of the main character, Dream. Smooth story by Neil Gaiman coupled with the magnificent artwork by J.H. Williams III we have a prize of artwork presented in one of my favorite media formats, comic books, but not just a comic book, a comic book in style and fluidness. Being more like a comic novel, in size and it bends the definition of what a comic book is with it’s dreamy landscape and situational, floaty philosophy. I give it ★★★★★ five stars out of five.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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