The comics are a little bit expensive, but after reading the novel "Neverwhere" I am really tempted to get them ^^.
Awesome story. Neil Gaiman surely knows how to create wonderful places to stroll around in your fantasy .
Well of course his novels would be different from Sandman which is a Graphic novel. And I believe it was his first hand at it. But it had a pretty good run (what an understatement. -_-) When I tried to read it I had to get used to the art first before I could fully appreciate the story. But the premise alone was really enough to get it going.
Started to read it yesterday and lasted until issue ~#32 or sth., doubt I'll continue to read it.
I hate how american comics' art is so "abrupt" Action scenes happen for 1/2/3 panels and then suddenly stop, there's no movement. It's as if everything is frozen in time(read: panel).
I also don't like the semi-episodic structure of it. Except the first arc the stories haven't impressed me either. Sure the writing is good, the use of the language and the dialogs are fluent. But neither the stories nor the characters manage to emotionally affect me in any way.
And why do they HAVE to change the art style every arc? T_T Very annoying to see the characters change all the time without any reason. One chapter she/he/it looks young and then in the next one he/she/it looks old etc.
- AP: Moonlight, Berserk, Biomega, Blade of the Immortal, Blood Alone, Bokko, Cesare, Dangu, Eden, Freesia, Genshiken, Kiseijuu, Historie, Homunculus, Hourou Musuko, Leviathan, Lone Wolf and Cub, Mercenary Pierre, MPD Psycho, Mushishi, Pilgrim Jäger, Real, Samurai Executioner, Shigurui, Sidooh, SWWEEET, The World Is Mine, Vagabond, Vinland Saga, What a Wonderful World, et. al..
If there is one minus about Sandman, it's the ever-changing art and the low quality of art throughout his entire series, which is an incredible shame.
DC was simply in an experimental mood with Gaiman's stories at the time (the series both preceded and inspired DC's Vertigo imprint), so I don't think they ever realized that it was going to become one of the most outstanding pieces of writing in all of English literature. They never really gave Gaiman the artists he deserved.
Although I have to say, guys, I loved Jill Thompson's work on Brief Lives. That's volume 7, issues 41-50. You guys SHOULD at least read that, if nothing else. Issue 50, "Ramadan," is also probably the most acclaimed single issue in all of Sandman.
And at least DC gave Gaiman the ability to end Sandman the way he wanted to, instead of handing it to another writer. They very easily could have screwed Gaiman over on that.
Last edited by Gold Knight; March 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM.