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Shocking as this may sound, you couldn't pay me to visit most locations in my favorite comic books, even if I had a guaranteed way back. I'm pretty sure most people here would give a loud "NO" to comics!Gotham, and even Metropolis would be a lot less fun when the inevitable supervillain attack crops up. The world of One Piece makes both those places look like freaking Six Flags. Scrooge McDuck's money bin would easily slaughter anyone who took one toe out of line (to say nothing of the man... er, duck himself breathing down any strangers' necks). Conan Edogawa's Beika City... yeah, given how often murder cases happen with random bystanders, crossing paths with Conan is pretty much playing Russian Roulette.

And so on, and so forth...

Point is, I'm not a terribly active person, and since most locations in comics are hubs of action and adventure and violence, that's kind of a problem. I was all set to just say "the malt shop from Scooby-Doo, where the most I'll have to deal with is Scooby stealing my food"...

But then I remembered one place in comics that's relatively danger-free. By which I mean that where my interests were concerned, the cost-benefit analysis was actually positive. Barely.

And so, this winds up being yet another post made possible by The Sandman.

For God's sake, Neil, let other people have a chance! )
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I've thought long and hard about what to put into this category. I originally wanted it to be Joker & Penguin, but then I realized that that friendship doesn't really exist anywhere except in my own head. Then I considered Harvey Dent & Bruce Wayne, but to this day, posting about anything Two-Face-related makes me feel like I'm stepping into thehefner's old underwear.

Then, it struck me.

I only began reading The Sandman last month, and already, I'm amazed by Neil Gaiman's skills as a storyteller. The longer story arcs are, by turns, confusing, rewarding, trippy, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but what I really respect is that Gaiman never lost his skill for the done-in-one. Almost every one of the longer story arcs is punctuated by a little one-shot issue that may or may not tangentially tie into the larger scope of things, and it's in these that I find the comic's most memorable bits.

Case in point: Hob Gadling, the man who might be called the anti-Ra's al-Ghul. A man of little inherent talent, who stumbled onto immortality almost totally by accident, held on to it through sheer optimism, and never rose toward any truly lofty ambitions. He's not a perfect man by any stretch of the imagination, but he never makes any particular pretensions to morality, either.

Oh, and he befriends a god in the process.

(Well, Gaiman insists that the Endless aren't gods, but it's the same principle - all-powerful, supernatural being that tiny mortals can't hope to ever fully comprehend.)

All because he woke up one day and went...



Dream used to wonder what friendship could be... )
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Out this week, and I'd forgotten about it, is the first issue of "Sandman: Overture", as Neil Gaiman returns to his most extraordinary creation.

From CBR's preview and interview



Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III? Welp, that's me sold!

And one of his creepiest creations makes an appearance )
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From Neil Gaiman's Sandman series comes a unique form of punishment that only the Lord Of Stories could envisage

(Warning, below the cut lies commentary on a plot that involved rape. I don't go into graphic detail or anything, but better to warn those that it might be a trigger for)

This is from Calliope )
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The origins of this posting came about when I saw this image on e-bay

I thought that this was a lovely sketch-card of Aurora and Northstar by an artist named Sara Richard.



and wanted to see more of her work...

When I saw THESE images I knew I had a new artist to keep an eye on )

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(yes, I know, bad pun, shut up)

Anyway.

After the events of Gaiman's Sandman, it's revealed in JSA Secret Files and Origins that Wesley Dodds, the man who fought crime under the name Sandman in the 40s, still retains the "gift" of prophetic dreams that he gained in his encounter with Morpheus. And so our story begins with a death, a murder, and a reincarnation.

Thirty two total pages from Secret Files, and JSA #1-4. So very not dialup friendly.

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Delirium must be a, literally, insanely difficult character to write

She has to be able to make sense, but in a nonsensical, way. She also has to be slightly terrifying

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From Sandman #64 comes this two page sample of a "Week in the life being" of Morpheus, the Oneiromancer, the Prince of Stories, also known as the Sandman...

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