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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Sandman: Endess Nights

Author:  Neil Gaiman
Illustrators: Glenn Fabry, Milo Manara, Dave McKean Miguelanxo Prado, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Barron Storey
Title: The Sandman: Endless Nights
Publication: September 1, 2004
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Pages: 160
Audience: 16 and up
Rating: 5 our of 5
Source: Public Library

Goodreads Synopsis:  
 "The Sandman: Endless Nights" reveals the legend of the Endless, a family of magical and mythical beings. In this highly imaginative book that boasts diverse styles of breathtaking full-color art, seven peculiar and powerful siblings each reveal more about their true beings as they star in their own tales

My thoughts:

I enjoyed the graphic novel, but not as much as I thought I would. I guess I've overdone it on the Sandman series, but there are little single stories here and there that I feel are important to read as well. Also, Neil Gaiman has recently stated that he is going to release new material about the Sandman in 2013. I going to take a break after the last single story and then I'll be ready to tackle the new stuff in 2013.
Anyway,the stories take place before the Sandman series. The focus in Endless Nights is on Dream's siblings- Death, Delirium, Despair, Desire, Destruction, and Destiny. It was very interesting. I'm so used to everything focusing on Dream that is was a nice change of pace to focus on the other siblings and what a day of their life is like. I don't want to ruin anything, but it explains why Dream does not trust Desire. Death's story was really neat and you see how she has changed. Death was not always a happy Endless character. The weirdest stories was Delirium's and Despair's. Delirium's story is kind of crazy in itself. I'm not entirely sure what happened and I'm pretty sure that was the point. I have ideas, but I'll keep them to myself. If you read it and ever want to discuss it, you can leave a comment or email me. Despair's story was really weird. The artists did many Portraits of Despair. I probably spent a good two minutes or so studying each portrait, no two were the same. The Despair in this graphic novel was the Despair before the one we meet in the Sandman series. Essentially, this was a prequel to the Sandman series. I will be honest and say I cannot really remember any story about Destiny, but I feel like there is a little bit, but not much to change how mysterious he is. I'm pretty sure Destruction was in it, but I cannot be completely sure. It has been a little while, and I've read other things since then. It was  a nice little side story and gave some background information on the other Endless characters.


  1. I love the names she chose for the books. Great review, I love graphic novels so I"ll be sure to check this one out!

  2. I was never into comics, but the Sandman really helped push me into them.