Wednesday, December 27, 2006

 

Absolute Sandman

I got The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 and was entranced by the start of Neil Gaiman's epic all over again.

With the high quality presentation, larger pages, and recolored work this is quite the definitive presentation of one of the greatest works in the comic form. And while I've re-read the issues dozens of times over the last decade and a half, this was one time where I was seeing things and understanding things for the first time.

If you've only ever seen Dave McKean's covers as the front of individual issues, you haven't really seen them at all -- they're all individual works of art, and at the larger size, and without the logos, they shine out more than ever.

It's perhaps a pricier approach to The Sandman than just getting the trade paperbacks -- but it's a gorgeous book, and the presentation is so amazing, this is definitely the way to approach this series. It's a series that you can go back to and discover new shades and meanings that you missed -- for whatever reason -- the first time around.

I am anxiously awaiting the next volumes -- the Seasons of Mist storyline blew my mind when I first read it, and I vividly remember when I first read it.

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