Review: The Sandman Vol. 7-9 by Neil Gaiman

Title: Brief Lives

Author: Neil Gaiman

Illustrator: Jill Thompson, Vince Locke

Series: The Sandman Vol. 7

Pages: 249

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

Dream and Delirium take a journey to find their missing brother, Destruction. Along the way they meet Despair, Destiny, Orpheus, and a few other interesting characters. This one was interesting because we finally are learning more about Delirium and the other siblings. We actually get to see Delirium, Despair, and Destiny’s worlds. 

Destruction was an interesting brother, and I really wish we could learn more about him. The brief time we get with him isn’t enough. I am glad that the siblings did finally get some closure. Morpheus also gets closure with his son, Orpheus. It hurt him but it was necessary. I wonder how it will affect him in the future volumes. 

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Title: Worlds’ End

Author: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Bryan Talbot, Alec Stevens, John Watkiss, Michael Zulli, Michael Allred, Shae Anton Pensa, Gary Amaro

Series: The Sandman Vol. 8

Pages: 157

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

Two wayward souls who were caught in a June blizzard, stumble across the World’s End, the tavern at the end of the world. While they wait for the storm to end the stranded take turns telling their tales of how they came to be there. 

This was an interesting collection of stories. There were barely any parts with the Endless but it still was pretty good. I still prefer the stories that focus more on the Endless, especially Morpheus and Death.

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Title: The Kindly Ones

Author: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Marc Hempel, Richard Case, Teddy Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston, Kevin Nowlan

Series: The Sandman Vol. 9

Pages: 344

3 stars out of 5
3 stars – I liked it

Morpheus becomes prey to the Furies, avenging spirits who torment those who spill family blood, and his world comes under attack. Morpheus’s journey both begins and ends as the pieces of his story come together and will change the world of The Sandman. 

This was an interesting and somewhat sad one. Morpheus is struggling with the death of Orpheus and is very depressed. He finds release in the end, even if it means everything will change.

I enjoyed this volume but I had one issue with it, the artwork. I didn’t like it. I prefer the previous art style and I really hope they switch back to it. 

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. Preludes & Nocturnes
  2. The Doll’s House
  3. Dream Country
  4. Season of Mists
  5. A Game of You
  6. Fables & Reflections

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