Monday, September 28, 2009

Review - The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
published 2009
4-part series

Synopsis from publisher:

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS is a comics adaptation of Gaiman's original prose novella by the same name illustrated by Yoshitako Amano.

A humble young monk and a magical, shape-changing fox find themselves romantically drawn together. As their love blooms, the fox learns of a devilish plot by a group of demons and a Japanese emperor to steal the monk's life. With the aid of Morpheus, the fox must use all of her cunning and creative thinking to foil this evil scheme and save the man that she loves.

My thoughts:

This is a must-read for Sandman fans. Based on one of the (fictional) tales Gaiman references in his Sandman series, The Dream Hunters is the story of a fox, and a monk, and an evil man, and the Dream King. It's a fairly simple tale, really, and like most

stories in the Sandman world, much is left to the imagination. This 4-book comic series is a quick read, and at only $3 per book, definitely worth the investment - the GORGEOUS illustrations by P. Craig Russell would be worth the price alone. I've included the covers of all four books in the post - aren't they beautiful?

This is a lovely fable, and would be a great introduction to the Sandman world for someone who hasn't read the series. If you are thinking about dipping your toes into this magical world, I highly recommend this as a place to start. I think once you've been introduced to Morpheus, you will be hooked! Of course, if you are already a Sandman fan, you MUST read these books! If you don't want the individual comics, the 4-part series will be released in hardcover in November.

Finished: 9/7/09
Source: my shelves
Rating: 10/10

***Personal Note***

Things might be a little quieter around here for the next few months. Fall and winter are the seasons when my husband's work schedule slows down, so we might actually BOTH have a night off of work at the same time before long! So I'm cutting back to writing posts a couple of days a week, which might mean I don't have as much to share with you - but it's for a good cause! =)


Nymeth said...

I love the original Dream Hunters, and the screenshots I've seen of the art in this one make me believe I'll love it just as much! As does your review :)

I can't think of a better reason for blogging a little less. Enjoy your time with your husband!

bermudaonion said...

Enjoy your time with your husband!

Zibilee said...

I've been interested in The Sandman series for awhile. I have heard great things about it, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. You mention that this would be a great place to dip in, so I will take that advice. I love the covers you displayed as well. Great review, you've inspired me to take a chance on these. Thanks!

Kailana said...

This looks really good!

Enjoy your blogging break. :)

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Fyrefly said...

I'm torn... I loved the original Dream Hunters, but I'm leery of reading the same story over again, no matter how excellent the artwork... That was the problem I had with At Death's Door - it was too much of a re-telling of Season of Mists.