The Sandman Reader VIII: Brief Lives

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“Brief Lives” could be summarized as a road trip involving Morpheus and his sister Delirium searching for their lost brother Destruction. Destruction had been only previously referenced in passing during gatherings of the Endless, but he would end up being a central character in “Brief Lives.” The nine issues in this story arc are split […]

The Sandman Reader VII: Convergence

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The ‘Convergence’ arc marked a return to single-issue stories, not unlike those told in “Distant Mirrors” but this time focusing a tiny bit more directly on Morpheus’ history. The arc’s title referred to characters having multiple meetings, with the story narrators often being part of the stories being told and Morpheus’ dream world converging with […]

The Sandman Reader IV: Season of Mists

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The “Season of Mists” arc focused primarily on Morpheus’ quest to free his one-time love, Nada, from her banishment into hell.   Sandman #21: “Season of Mists – A Prologue” November 1990 Story Artist: Mike Dringenberg (penciller), Malcolm Jones III (inker) The prologue to “Season of Mists” began with the Endless siblings- Morpheus, Destiny, Desire, […]

The Sandman Reader III: Dream Country

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The four independent stories that came next in “Sandman” were later featured in the “Dream Country” collection. Each showed off Gaiman’s strength for telling one-off stories.   Sandman #17: “Calliope” July 1990 Story Artist: Kelley Jones (penciller), Malcolm Jones III (inker) Issue #17 featured the brutal fate and redemption of the muse Calliope, a former […]