This is possibly the most uncool thing Iâ€™ve ever written, so please bear with me as I strip my entire essence of irony and put on a mask of unabashed passion.
OH MY GOD NEIL GAIMANâ€™S â€œSANDMAN: OVERTUREâ€ IS FINALLY HERE! I have been waiting for this moment ever since my innocence was ruined by reading the â€œSandmanâ€ comic series a little too young. Â For more information on said series, head on over to boring John Mendiolaâ€™s article, because only true fans belong here.
To give a little insight into my experience purchasing this graphic novel, Iâ€™d like to explain that I called three separate Barnes & Noble locations the day before it was released to inquire about whether or not they would be selling â€œSandman: Overtureâ€ by Neil Gaiman before or after midnight. Â I didnâ€™t get many positive responses. Â Alas, I had to wait a whole day until I could buy the book, much like Morpheus had to wait seventy-two years to be freed from the magicianâ€™s basement.
â€œSandman: Overtureâ€ will supposedly be tying up loose ends that Gaiman purposefully left unknown. Â These secrets include how Morpheus was captured, what triggered the emotional journey he took throughout the series and many aspects of the Endless that were never explained. Â Personally, I hope he doesnâ€™t reveal too much information, as I do enjoy the aura of mystery that surrounds the series. Â The reader doesnâ€™t totally understand everything, but whatâ€™s happening is happening to immortal beings whose levels of comprehension are far beyond our own. Â I donâ€™t want Gaiman to water down his works for the sake of the reader understanding every bit of the universe.
The story starts off with Morpheus exploring a different planet as the dream of a species of plants. Â It reiterates the overall epicness and mystery of the Endlessâ€” they are powerful, but do they exist on all different planets? Universes? Dimensions? Â Also, while I personally enjoyed this beginning, it was definitely one for people who had read the series already. Â This issue never gives a concrete introduction to most of the characters, including Morpheus and his sister Death, but delves into their dialogue. Â Those who try to read the Overture first will most likely be confused.
The story progresses to Destiny looking into his book and foreseeing a conversation he will have with Death regarding Morpheus. Â The setting then shifts to 1916 London, where Morpheus is about to â€œuncreateâ€ the Corinthian, a character from the previous novels whose plotline is central for much of the writings. Â Before he has a chance to execute the Corinthian, Morpheus is summoned by an unknown source. Â The tale ends with Morpheus coming upon a congregation of various mythical creatures.
One aspect of this novel that struck me was the illustration. Â The pages look so vibrant and beautiful, contrasting the often muted and gloomy approach taken in past novels. Â Gaiman also wrote about the old characters with surprising familiarity. Â It is almost like no time has elapsed since the final novel was published.