If you love dark fantasy superheroes ...


In a world full of superheroes and magic, there is a group of humans attempting to trap Death. Except they didn't, because instead, they captured the titular Sandman. The Sandman spends his time in captivity plotting revenge against his captors; but his absence is felt all over. The world is unable to dream, with people either falling asleep for days at a time or facing serious insomnia.

After escaping captivity, either by a stroke of luck or fate, Sandman works to regain his personal tools. In his quest to regain his strength, he faces many foes and must rely on his wit rather than his strength.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
This first installment of Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series blends a new character with the world of DC Comics. The Sandman story is a great look at the role vengeance plays, and the emotional toll it takes on the avenger after his quest is complete. As a work of fiction, this graphic novel is very meta, in that it refers to several different books and works of fiction.

On the whole, the series is written for a more mature audience, as it incorporates mentions of suicide, murder, death, and other series of punishments. This book would be a great gift for someone sixteen or older interested in dark fantasy and the effects of imprisonment and revenge.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Superhero, mythology, and Gaiman fans won't be disappointed!

Content Awareness Factors:

Violence, sex (nudity), and references to self-harm.

Type of Book:
This is the first title in an award-winning graphic novel fantasy series.
Educational Themes:

There is a lot to unpack within the story. First, there is the superhero angle and how this does/doesn't complement the DC Comics universe. The story also references other books. Have you read them? Can you explain how they fit or are relevant to this story?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It is fantastic.

Title The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman, Volume 1

Author Neil Gaiman
Publisher Vertigo © 2010 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9781401225759
Material Hard Cover
Cost $33.00
Genres Adventure, Comics | Graphic Novels, Horror
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