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Jonah Chuang recommends The Sandman: Overture #3
Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III’s The Sandman: Overture is the kind of series that you have to sit down and absorb in order to appreciate it fully. The art is mind-blowingly detailed and expansive, and the content of the story is cerebral and rich.
This series is the prequel to the acclaimed original Sandman series from way back in 1991. In the beginning of that story, the protagonist, Dream of the Endless (the lord, master and literal embodiment of dreams), is returning to Earth, exhausted from a long battle when he is caught in a trap by a mediocre human sorcerer and kept prisoner for a long time, causing all kinds of problems. This story is the story of the epic battle and it so far it has been exactly that: epic.
In the first two issues, Dream encounters his alternate selves and learns of his death and the existence of a “mad star” (like the Sun, but crazy) that’s poised to destroy the universe. As a result, Dream must go stop this star, as, apparently, it is his fault that it’s mad to begin with.
In this issue, Dream goes over to the place where none of the Endless can go and then goes in anyway. Partnered with a giant cat version of yourself, Dream walks through a lawless land of dangerous criminals and murderers looking for answers. The story takes on a fantasy space western feel, which is actually pretty big right now.
J.H. Williams III’s art is nuts, and perfect for this book. There’s no other way to describe it except imagination made physical. There are also a bunch of little familiar nuggets in this story that make you want to go back and read the original series again and rediscover the magic all over again.
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Preacher by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
If you loved the sharp wit, humour and heart of the 9-volume Preacher series, try these equally excellent multi-volume reads:
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson for a 10 volume satirical cyberpunk tale filled with sex, drugs and violence
100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso for a US-spanning 10 volume crime saga with brains
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn & Pia Guerra for a bizarre, often hilarious journey across a dystopic US, in 10 volumes
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman & Various for an epic, 10 volume existential fantasy that fuses horror, comedy and classical mythology
These are great recs!