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Seven stories (or, "stories"), some are epic and some are mediocre.
Death's is OK, not a bad thing but not a masterpiece either.
Dream's is good. Really good. And when we find out who is telling it to whom, well, that brings it up a notch. And we get to see the first Despair (will we ever find out how and when she died?), we meet Delight (again, will we understand how she became Delirium?), and Death is gloomy and rude (why did she change and become cheerful and nice? Was it when she met humanity?).
Desire's story falls a little flat. Pretty much, the whole reason behind it is to allow Milo Manara to draw boobs here and there, or so it seems.
Destruction's is not bad, a decent filler I suppose.
Delirium's is seriously odd (of course) but quite poetic.
Despair's is tough. But beautiful.
Destiny's is bone-dry. An 8-page long definition of who Destiny is. Not that we'd need much more...
All in all... great.
Marco Piva-Dittrich said on Jun 03, 2013, 09:28
La prima storia, su Death, non mi ha lasciato granché. La seconda invece, disegnata splendidamente da Manara, e riguardante Desire, è decisamente molto più toccante. La cosa che più mi ha colpito è il fatto che la protagonista della storia, che ne è anche la narratrice, narra la storia attraverso i balloon e non attraverso le solite didascalie, portando quindi lettura della storia su un altro livello. Per capire non vi basta che leggerla.
Decisamente più bella e articolata, più profonda, la storia di Dream, che prevede la presenza di tutti gli Eterni e di altre "entità" ai più note. Mettere i puntini al posto giusto dà una certa micro-soddisfazione personale.
Despire e Delirium raccontano due storie un po' complicate da leggere, soprattutto la prima della quale mi rimangono seri dubbi circa la sua comprensione e il fatto stesso che sia una storia. Da notare la presenza del cane Barnaba nella stora di Delirium!
Destruction è una storia comune per certi versi, abbastanza convenzionale e che non m'ha destato parecchio interesse.
Destiny poi...non parla di lui, dell'Eterno, ma del suo libro.
Non è nemmeno una storia, non c'è trama, non c'è vicenda.
C'è solo quel libro, e tutto l'Universo è contenuto in esso.
Emageht said on Jul 15, 2012, 16:39
Infructuosa... said on Feb 17, 2012, 09:56
I must admit I stopped paying attention to what Neil Gaiman was writing after American gods so was quite surprised to find this new Sandman collection in the library. I have always preferred Neil's comics to his novels but I must admit I found this a little disapointing. The collection was a story for each endless. It seemed like Neil still doesn't quite know what to do with Destruction (linking his story with more Delerium) and Destiny's part was tiny. Overall I think Despair's was the best. Not a story but just a collection of incidents and people at their end with disturbing images to go with it. I also liked Delerium's story, but then I admit she is my favourite. Dream's story was quite interesting, a very early tale of the Endless. Death's was ok though I think it was ruined by the artist who drew death looking too different and much less cute than normal. The great thing for me about the Sandman comics were the ordinary people whose lives got caught up with the extra ordinary. There really didn't feel like that much here and most of the stories just seemed too short and too shallow. Definitely prefer the earlier stories.
Robot-mel said on Jun 14, 2011, 14:45
Some different short stories, one for every Endless.
The stories about Death, Delirium, Desire, Dream and Destiny are very very good.
But I dislike the Destruction and Despair's ones.
Quitely arts on Destiny short story are wonderful.
Emma said on Jul 23, 2008, 10:19