Sandman_Preludes_and_NocturnesThis was supposed to be the HALLOWEEN’ING post for yesterday, before it was pre-empted by the goings on in the Wal-Mart that night. Eh, gave me more time to think about htis one.

For those of you who have no idea who this Sandman character is, well…shame on you. As much as I’d love to go on not only about this classic comic book character and the creator of this iteration of the embodiment of Dream, Neil Gaiman, I will not make this series of Halloween-themed blurbs turn into pseudo-essays that will amount to so much fanboy gushing. This isn’t Reddit, after all.

And before any hardcore Reddit reader runs upon this, this was a good-natured joke. Please don’t overrun my blog feed with bizarre amoeba porn again, I beg.

Preludes & Nocturnes is the Trade Paperback collection of the first eight issues of The Sandman run. And the reason why this gains its own shout-out in the HALLOWEEN’ING series? Well, let’s see…it starts off with the afore-mentioned embodiment of Dream–Morpheus, aka The Sandman–getting captured by a dark magician in 1916 by mistake, as he was actually trying to capture Dream’s sister, Death. He’s kept imprisoned in the basement through the decades until 1988, when he manages to escape. He then goes on a quest to find his three totems of power: a bag of sand, a helm that looks like a gas mask designed by H. R. Geiger, and a ruby. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but rest assured that these tales are very dark, very disturbing, and completely engrossing. Ripping good stuff. And to top it off, the final issue collected here is merely a stand-alone story, where Dream has a conversation with his sister Death.

Preludes & Nocturnes remains my favorite one of all the collected Sandman TPB’s, one I try and re-read once a year around this time. Highly recommended for some dark fantasy visual storytelling.