The Sandman was the comic that changed everything for me. As a young Fangirl fascinated with mythology, the first time someone put the Neil Gaiman-led graphic novel series in my hands, I was hooked. When Vertigo announced the release of The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition, the prequel series, I was delighted. Now collected into one graphic novel, The Sandman: Overture is a beautiful prequel to the series.
The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition answers the questions of where Dream’s signature gasmask and items came from, as well as provides the backstory we so desperately wondered about reading the original series. The best part is that this collection does not ruin our view of Morpheus with over explanation, but rather sets the imagination wild with further questions. Like several years ago, I found myself drifting into the pages as if in a pleasant dream speckled with the occasional nightmare images. While Dave McKean’s legendary artwork is now in the realm of alternate covers, it’s impossible to not appreciate the incredible detailed artwork of JH Williams III. The artwork is truly something to savor.
In addition to just being an incredible story all on its own, Overture also includes references and involvement from most of the major characters of the series, including the beloved Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire, Delirium, and Destiny. Seeing Death in a Victorian-style outfit made me want to dust off my Cosplay materials. One of the most incredible passages in the book deals with Morpheus meeting all the different facets of his Dream title. He seems himself as disfigured creatures, beautiful flowers, and even a cat. The sheer amount of detail in the art work of this passage must have taken ages to construct. The concept of having a Dream for cats was fantastic, especially as the cat points out quite frequently that he is not a sidekick and certainly not a ride.
If you’re a fan of The Sandman or Neil Gaiman’s writing, you must read The Sandman: Overture. It is a fitting prequel for the series, and this is coming from a woman who normally loathes prequels.
The Sandman: Overture is now available from Vertigo wherever books and comics are sold.