Sandman: Overture 3

I read the original Sandman graphic novels as fast as I could afford to buy the trade paperbacks. (I’ve since re-read them often enough that I wish I’d spent the extra money on hardcovers.) When this prequel series started coming out, I decided to see what it’s like to read a Neil Gaiman story one issue at a time. But when Sandman: Overture‘s second issue was released four months after the first, I wondered about this decision.

Issue 3 marks the end of the first half of the story, and I’m finding it necessary to re-read the earlier issues each time my shop surprised me with a new installment. My familiarity with the early issues should be quite impressive when the series concludes.

We meet several new characters this issue, contributing to the feel of a messy universe. But this issue also puts aside the storylines with the Corinthian and the other characters we’ve glimpsed–at least in any obvious way. In issue 3, Gaiman concentrates on Morpheus’s quest through historical anecdotes and tropes of power. The art, if anything, is even more lush and beautiful.

But even in a chapter that has a great deal of exposition, as this one does, the story continues to be hold my attention. Readers have been curious about the history of the Endless for years, and Neil Gaiman has wisely not told us very much. Even now, unsurprisingly, we’re getting a lot of poetic, cosmic clues. Although this issue is easily worth it for Alianora’s story alone, a tale that’s one of a couple of moments of intimacy in a grand tale.


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