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Sandman: Season of Mists (Vertigo, 1989; #21-28)

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  • Dream realizes he has made a grave mistake by damning a former lover and seeks to set things right.
  • This leads to Lucifer abdicating the throne of hell, freeing its souls, and giving Dream the key to its gates.
  • Hell, it turns out, is primo real estate, and myriad pantheons show up in The Dreaming to petition Morpheus for dominion over the now-vacant inferno.
  • Gaiman fills the various characters who show up in this arc with personality—from the Endless to Lucifer to the various gods who seek to rule hell in his place; these characters drive the arc more than twists and turns of plot do.
  • The book’s art team maintains the high standard set by its first three volumes; this is a beautiful book.
  • Todd Klein deserves special recognition for lettering almost every character who appears in this arc in a distinct style of balloon and font.

Read Sandman.  (Duh.)

Collected in

  • Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists (#21-28)
  • Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2 (#21-39)
  • The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 2 (#21-39(
  • Sandman Omnibus, Vol. 1 (#1-37, Special #1)

Credits

Writer: Neil Gaiman | Artists: Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, P. Craig Russell | Letterer: Todd Klein | Colorists: Steve Oliff, Daniel Vozzo | Covers: Dave McKean

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