06 July 2006
Book Banter -- Sandman: Fables and Reflections
Title: Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
Author: Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, et. al.
Length: 259 pages
Genre: graphic novel
Plot Basics: The Sandman (aka, Dream, the King of Dream, etc.) pops up throughout history in this omnibus. He interacts with French revolutionaries, ancient Greeks, and middle eastern kings in this one.
Banter Points: For being a graphic, there's a healthy dose of real history and mythology in this book. Real historic characters like Norton I, emperor of America and Robespierre, from the Committee for Public Safety in France make appearances.
Bummer Points: The Sandman's own story isn't really told much in this volume. It's cool to see him throughout history, looking dark and foreboding as always, but his own story is buried a bit.
Word Nerd recommendation: If you like Neil Gaiman from his other work (Good Omens, Stardust, Neverwhere, MirrorMask) check out the Sandman graphic novels.