Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Sandman: Season of Mists

Welcome to my first buddy review! Rhinoa of Rhinoa's Ramblings is reading through the Sandman series too, and since we both recently read Season of Mists, we thought it would be fun to have a little e-conversation about it and post each other's answers on our blogs. So here goes!

First of all, a brief description of the book. This is the fourth collection of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, and it is about Dream, one of the Endless - deathless personifications of elements such as Desire, Death, Delirium, Destiny, etc. In this story Dream travels to Hell to right a wrong he perpetrated eons earlier, and his actions unleash a chain of events that involve many gods, goddesses and beings from ancient (and current) religions.

Here are the interview questions we came up with, and these are Rhinoa's answers to them. If you are on the edge of your seat, wondering what my answers are to these same questions (and who wouldn't be? LOL), you'll have to check out Rhinoa's post on her blog.

What did you like about the graphic novel?
I liked the story, the main plot that linked the separate comics together. After the previous collection it was a nice to get back to the regular storyline.

What didn't you like about it?
I would have liked to have spent more time with the Endless, but I am sure they will pop up again in future collections.

There were a series of different artists who worked on the novel, did you have a favourite and least favourite?
To be honest I though that the artists all worked really well together keeping a consistent style throughout no matter who did the pencils, ink and colour. The covers by Dave McKean were stunning as always. One thing I did enjoy reading were the spoof blurbs about everyone involved in it's creation at the back of my edition.

There was more from the rest of the Endless, do you have a favourite and least favourite?
Well obviously I love Dream and Death. They are the two I have spent the most time with. I also find Delirium really interesting and hope to get to know her better in the future. There aren't any of the Endless that I dislike and I am curious to see who their other sibling is who was not present in this collection.

What did you think of the ending?
I thought it ended well, the main storyline was closed with a happy resolution for me.

Lucifer has a spin off series, do you plan on reading any of them?
I am definitely interested although I think they have had mixed reviews. I loved his work decision and as always Lucifer is one of my favourite characters. There is just something interesting about him and versions where he is not the bad guy we are told he is.

Which was your favorite story and why?
This collection really read like one cohesive story so I don't really want to separate out the different comics.

What do you think makes the Sandman stand apart from other graphic novels?
I think it really helped comics becomes more main stream. It was written at a time when it wasn't cool to read graphic novels. It's a very dark series which I really like, but I don't think I can read too many too close together as they would give me nightmares ironically enough!

How do you think this fourth collection compares to the first three?
I think I liked it the most so far. I felt the story held together the best to date and I really look forward to seeing what Dream and his family have planned for the next one.

Books in the Sandman series
1. Preludes & Nocturnes (collects The Sandman #1-8)
2. The Doll's House (collects The Sandman #9-16)
3. Dream Country (collects The Sandman #17-20)
4. Season of Mists (collects The Sandman #21-28)
5. A Game of You (collects The Sandman #32-37)
6. Fables and Reflections (collects The Sandman #29- 1, #38-40, #50, Sandman Special #1 and Vertigo Preview #1)
7. Brief Lives (collects The Sandman #41-49)
8. World's End (collects The Sandman #51- 56)9. The Kindly Ones (collects The Sandman #57-69)
10. The Wake (collects The Sandman #70-75)

The Sandman: Season of Mists (#4 in the Sandman series) by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt and P. Craig Russell; introduction by Harlan Ellison (DC Comics, 1992)
Also reviewed at:
Fyrefly's Book Blog: "The Season of Mists was a great, layered story, drawing on more mythologies than I can count. Read into this what you will, but I think the story of Lucifer is one of the more fascinating parts of Judeo-Christian mythology, and Gaiman delivers a doozy of a story here."
Jenny's Books: "Neil Gaiman’s obviously having fun with all of them, and it is fun – Thor’s hitting on Bast, and two of the hell demons are having an affair, and a sinisterly lettered little girl from the hordes of chaos giggles when someone gets made into sausages."
The Wertzone: "It is a tad overlong given its relative lack of actual incident, but for expanding our knowledge and understanding about Hell and the Dreaming, for introducing important new characters (particularly Daniel, Cluracan and Nuala) and for resolving the Nada storyline, it does a great job."


  1. I always like seeing the Endless family interact with each other, so Season of Mists is one of my favorites. I love it at the end when Lucifer is sitting out on the beach and he says something like "All right, you old bastard - the sunsets are bloody marvelous. Satisfied?" Rather touching really.

  2. Fun review! I love buddy reviews... They have become my 'thing' for the year because they add some variety to blogging.

  3. Jenny - I loved that part, too! :-)

    Kailana - This was a fun change from the usual - I'll have to do it more often!

  4. This is one of my favourite Sandman books too :) I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I loved the format!

  5. Nymeth - Thanks! We had a lot of fun doing it. I'm looking forward to the next one, but I don't want to go through them too fast, you know? So I'm trying to eke them out a bit. :-)

  6. I know what you mean, I am trying to space them out and not run out too quickly! I only just got back online (I have been away again with work) and put up a link to your direct post rather than just your blog. Let me know if you fancy doing a buddy review of the next in the series at any point.

  7. Rhinoa - We're about halfway through at this point, so maybe we should do one at #7, and again at the end, to kind of wrap it all up? What do you think?


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