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(Entertainment Weekly)   Neil Gaiman reawakens the Sandman   (shelf-life.ew.com) divider line 35
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2013-07-03 04:35:19 PM
Gaiman is working with artist J.H. Williams III to tell stories of Morpheus' world before he was captured

I was half-expecting him to be joining Justice League Dark instead.
 
2013-07-03 04:36:41 PM
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2013-07-03 04:42:05 PM
I just shouted with joy. My coworkers are looking at me like I am a lunatic.

/don't care.
 
2013-07-03 04:47:19 PM
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2013-07-03 04:54:17 PM
I thought it was a well done, complete story arc.  But if he has interesting new stories to tell with it, I'm interested.
 
2013-07-03 05:00:30 PM
Hey,maybe now all my hardcovers,issues,statues and bookends might go back up in value (so i can finally sell those motherfarkers)!
 
2013-07-03 05:23:02 PM

PlasticMoby: Hey,maybe now all my hardcovers,issues,statues and bookends might go back up in value (so i can finally sell those motherfarkers)!


Personally I'm waiting for a movie or TV adaptation before I dump my first printings.
 
2013-07-03 05:23:48 PM
I just love that guy.  He can do no wrong in my eyes.
 
2013-07-03 05:30:50 PM
I wonder where our resident rabidly anti-Gaiman Farker is to tell us why we're horrible people?
 
2013-07-03 05:35:08 PM

Lumbar Puncture: I thought it was a well done, complete story arc.  But if he has interesting new stories to tell with it, I'm interested.


Sort of my thoughts as well. This doesn't carry the same "exploit old IP for cash" vibe that Before Watchmen did, but I liked the overarching story of Morpheus changing from cold distant god-construct into something with personality and a soul. Old Morpheus is a less interesting character to me, so that makes me a little hesitant.

But then there's so much else going on in the stories that it probably won't matter. Cease your discourse and accept my currency etc.
 
2013-07-03 05:36:14 PM
Eh. You can't go home again. Sandman was incredible, one of my favorite series and a beautiful work. I've read it multiple times. I also have great admiration for Gaiman, both his work and him as a person.

But you can't go home again.

The check they waved under his nose must have been huge.
 
2013-07-03 06:04:53 PM
I think my sister is working on this. A first image
 
2013-07-03 06:18:06 PM
Am I the only one disappointed that the link wasn't to a picture of your sister cosplaying Death?
 
2013-07-03 06:22:42 PM

Cagey B: Lumbar Puncture: I thought it was a well done, complete story arc.  But if he has interesting new stories to tell with it, I'm interested.

Sort of my thoughts as well. This doesn't carry the same "exploit old IP for cash" vibe that Before Watchmen did, but I liked the overarching story of Morpheus changing from cold distant god-construct into something with personality and a soul. Old Morpheus is a less interesting character to me, so that makes me a little hesitant.

But then there's so much else going on in the stories that it probably won't matter. Cease your discourse and accept my currency etc.


When I first started reading Sandman (dream country,game of you) I thought Morpheus was a framing device for an anthology of fascinating fantasy stories. I only picked up the first one because I saw a Gene Wolfe pull quote.

If all Gaiman does is just use Morpheus in that way I would still be excited to see Gaiman writing some fantasy comics again.

Before Watchman was a cash grab, If DC was firing up a similar thing for Sandman against Gaiman's wishes and without his involvement I wouldn't be interested in that either.

I also think Gaiman's done well enough in prose and other media that he doesn't need to do anything he doesn't want to do just for a check, so I'm assuming he has something interesting for us.
 
2013-07-03 06:28:18 PM
Not knowing who Neil Gaiman was, I figured this was a movie critic giving a positive review to the latest Adam Sandler drek.

What was I thinking? Anywho, I'll leave now, you pencil necks.
 
2013-07-03 06:33:59 PM

Cletus C.: Not knowing who Neil Gaiman was, I figured this was a movie critic giving a positive review to the latest Adam Sandler drek.

What was I thinking? Anywho, I'll leave now, you pencil necks.


you're Cletus , farking CLETUS!, a goddamn legend here.
You of all people don't need to leave a post telling us how you're ignorant of anything.
 
2013-07-03 06:58:54 PM

Mobius strip of human stupidity: I think my sister is working on this. A first image


farm4.staticflickr.com

Me likee.
 
2013-07-03 07:04:47 PM

shoegaze99: Eh. You can't go home again. Sandman was incredible, one of my favorite series and a beautiful work. I've read it multiple times. I also have great admiration for Gaiman, both his work and him as a person.

But you can't go home again.



That is very true with comics.

Every time a creator has revisited a character they had an acclaimed run on, it's turned out badly... well, maybe not badly, but mediocre. PAD on Hulk, Mark Waid's second Flash run, Claremont's return to the X-Men...

But, who knows?

/if DC has any brains, they'll wind up releasing this in absolute format eventually to match the massive hardcovers.
 
2013-07-03 07:26:33 PM

FirstNationalBastard: shoegaze99: Eh. You can't go home again. Sandman was incredible, one of my favorite series and a beautiful work. I've read it multiple times. I also have great admiration for Gaiman, both his work and him as a person.

But you can't go home again.


That is very true with comics.

Every time a creator has revisited a character they had an acclaimed run on, it's turned out badly... well, maybe not badly, but mediocre. PAD on Hulk, Mark Waid's second Flash run, Claremont's return to the X-Men...


Dear Lord was that ever a clusterfark.  He had some interesting ideas(although The Neo stunk of Savage Land) but couldn't keep a storyline straight.  By the time the crossover happened I had given up.
 
2013-07-03 08:03:42 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Every time a creator has revisited a character they had an acclaimed run on, it's turned out badly... well, maybe not badly, but mediocre. PAD on Hulk, Mark Waid's second Flash run, Claremont's return to the X-Men...


The only exception that springs to mind was Frank Miller's brief return to Daredevil for the "Born Again" arc, which is perhaps the best thing he's ever done, in my opinion.

Otherwise, yeah, these returns always sound better than they turn out. I'm hoping otherwise -- I loved this series and like Gaiman -- but I won't be waiting with bated breath.
 
2013-07-03 08:50:28 PM
Shouldn't that be

"Neil Gaiman reenters the Sandman"

?
 
2013-07-03 08:56:35 PM
We're off to never never land.
 
2013-07-03 09:26:48 PM
...This was announced months ago, what the hell.
 
2013-07-03 09:35:03 PM
Someone tell me, is Sandman as overrated as Watchmen? I mean, I liked the latter, but it wasn't leaps and bounds better than the comics i've read before, which is what I figured it had to be based on the hype and general consensus.
 
2013-07-03 10:27:24 PM

missmez: I just love that guy.  He can do no wrong in my eyes.


He married Amanda Palmer.
 
2013-07-03 10:28:33 PM

Christian Bale: Someone tell me, is Sandman as overrated as Watchmen? I mean, I liked the latter, but it wasn't leaps and bounds better than the comics i've read before, which is what I figured it had to be based on the hype and general consensus.


The first couple books of Sandman are trying to be Vertigo Comic!!! the same way Moore's Sandman and Hellblazer were, and they are weird and wonky for it. If that was all there was to it, the story of Morpheus doing shiat, then yes, it would be overrated, and you would be absolutely forgiven if you read the first arc and went "yep, whatever."

The series continues on to tell absolutely wonderful side stories and a great overarching one, and cycles through fantastic artists and characters. You NEED to read the first arc because a ton of stuff refers to the beginning (duh), but the introduction of Death is where the story really starts becoming its own thing and not a horror/mystery comic.
 
2013-07-03 10:42:54 PM
Oh hells yeah!
 
2013-07-04 12:14:16 AM
I hope it is done well, and when it's finished, I'll buy the trades.

I'm a big fan of Gaiman, although I can't say I was particularly impressed with his last prose outing "The Ocean at the End of the Lane". Decent story, barely long enough to count as a novel.
 
2013-07-04 01:31:23 AM

evilmrsock: Christian Bale: Someone tell me, is Sandman as overrated as Watchmen? I mean, I liked the latter, but it wasn't leaps and bounds better than the comics i've read before, which is what I figured it had to be based on the hype and general consensus.

The first couple books of Sandman are trying to be Vertigo Comic!!! the same way Moore's Sandman and Hellblazer were, and they are weird and wonky for it. If that was all there was to it, the story of Morpheus doing shiat, then yes, it would be overrated, and you would be absolutely forgiven if you read the first arc and went "yep, whatever."

The series continues on to tell absolutely wonderful side stories and a great overarching one, and cycles through fantastic artists and characters. You NEED to read the first arc because a ton of stuff refers to the beginning (duh), but the introduction of Death is where the story really starts becoming its own thing and not a horror/mystery comic.


Brief Lives is one of the best novels, graphic or otherwise, I've read.
 
2013-07-04 02:06:25 AM

UNC_Samurai: I wonder where our resident rabidly anti-Gaiman Farker is to tell us why we're horrible people?


Can I stand in for him?

Actually, only thing by him I've ever read was American Gods (which was kinda lame), so I can't really comment on him.
 
2013-07-04 02:16:27 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Actually, only thing by him I've ever read was American Gods (which was kinda lame), so I can't really comment on him.


Well, you need to read this...

www.neilgaiman.com
 
2013-07-04 08:56:42 AM

UNC_Samurai: I wonder where our resident rabidly anti-Gaiman Farker is to tell us why we're horrible people?


My only problem with Gaiman is with Amanda Palmer, his Attention Whore wife who begged for $1 Million on Kickstarter, then expected musicians to play on her tour for free.
 
2013-07-04 09:06:24 AM

Flappyhead: FirstNationalBastard: shoegaze99: Eh. You can't go home again. Sandman was incredible, one of my favorite series and a beautiful work. I've read it multiple times. I also have great admiration for Gaiman, both his work and him as a person.

But you can't go home again.


That is very true with comics.

Every time a creator has revisited a character they had an acclaimed run on, it's turned out badly... well, maybe not badly, but mediocre. PAD on Hulk, Mark Waid's second Flash run, Claremont's return to the X-Men...

Dear Lord was that ever a clusterfark.  He had some interesting ideas(although The Neo stunk of Savage Land) but couldn't keep a storyline straight.  By the time the crossover happened I had given up.


To be fair, Marvel's editors kept cockblocking Chris by authorizing his stories, then changing their minds at the last minute, forcing him to re-write things in a hurry to meet deadlines. Check out this link at uncannyxmen.net for the whole story: Taking the X-Men to the extreme

BTW - there are other articles on the site about how other writers had their plans for X-Men screwed with by the editors - Secrets Behind the X-Men
 
2013-07-04 09:08:37 AM
Watchmen is not over-rated. Its impact has been diluted by metric shiat-tons of imitation and homagery (?), but when it was published it was every bit as revolutionary as people say. Watchmen is easily one of the ten best examples of the craft of comic-bookery of all time and detractors are just jaded cynics, imho.
 
2013-07-04 09:21:17 AM

FuryOfFirestorm: Flappyhead: FirstNationalBastard: shoegaze99: Eh. You can't go home again. Sandman was incredible, one of my favorite series and a beautiful work. I've read it multiple times. I also have great admiration for Gaiman, both his work and him as a person.

But you can't go home again.


That is very true with comics.

Every time a creator has revisited a character they had an acclaimed run on, it's turned out badly... well, maybe not badly, but mediocre. PAD on Hulk, Mark Waid's second Flash run, Claremont's return to the X-Men...

Dear Lord was that ever a clusterfark.  He had some interesting ideas(although The Neo stunk of Savage Land) but couldn't keep a storyline straight.  By the time the crossover happened I had given up.

To be fair, Marvel's editors kept cockblocking Chris by authorizing his stories, then changing their minds at the last minute, forcing him to re-write things in a hurry to meet deadlines. Check out this link at uncannyxmen.net for the whole story: Taking the X-Men to the extreme

BTW - there are other articles on the site about how other writers had their plans for X-Men screwed with by the editors - Secrets Behind the X-Men


Oddly enough, I was going to say that Claremont's best work in the '00s, IMO, was on Exiles, where he could do whatever the fark he wanted with no interference because his book and characters were in their own little corner of the Marvel Universe.
 
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