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The Sandman: Overture (2013- ) #1 by Neil Gaiman
Cover Artist: J.H. Williams III (Cover A);Dave McKean (Cover B)
Review by Gayle Surrette
Vertigo Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: B00EIP63TU
Date: 30 October 2013

Links: Author's Website / J.H. Williams' Website / D. McKean's Website / Show Official Info /

First, I have to confess that I haven't read any of the Sandman comics, compilations, or graphic novels. However, I have paged through one or two in the stores and loved the artwork, so when this came across my desk, I decided to take a chance since it was the start of a new story arc.

The Sandman: Overture

Neil Gaiman: Writer
J.H. Williams III: art/Cover A
Dave McKean: Cover B
Dave Stewart: Colors
Todd Klein: Letters
Gregory Lockard: Assoc. Editor
Karen Berger & Shelly Bond: Editors

This series of comics will be the prequel to the beginning of the Sandman series. The reader begins with an introduction to a planet that has three intelligent species. One of them is a form of plant life with great minds, and one of them dreamed of a plant totally unlike any that had been seen before, who tells the dreamer that something is very wrong -- it doesn't know what or where, but it's terribly, awfully, wrong.

Next, we're in 1915 London and it seems that everything is normal for our world in the past. But quickly, things move from mundane to surreal as the reader is introduced to characters, situations, and the environment in which the rest of the story will take place.

The artwork is beautiful and helps to support the story as it unfolds. A reader can't help but feel that somehow they've stepped through the looking glass and while things may seem normal somehow everything is off-kilter and not quite right. Afterall, we've been told that something is very wrong somewhere -- and we can only hope we'll find out where it's wrong, learn if it can be fixed, and more importantly, will it be a problem for us.

Okay, I'm hooked and waiting for the next installment. If you haven't read any of the Sandman series this may be a way to get a taste before moving on to the existing graphic compilations or novels. If you are a fan of the series, you'll definitely want to pick up this prequel to complete your collection.

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