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Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love and Hell s ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy himCollects THE SANDMAN


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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Neil Gaiman is at his best when his imagination is peopled with gods and demons magnificent, outsize personalities, ranging from the eerily transcendent to the surprisingly human and the tale he chooses to tell in Season of Mists gives him ample room to create a godly and superior fantasy.The plot is simple Lucifer abdicates the throne of Hell, sending the damned back to earth, and turns the keys over to Dream Dream doesn t really want the property too vast, too hard to keep up but a lot of Neil Gaiman is at his best when his imagination is peopled with gods and demons magnificent, outsize personalities, ranging from the eerily transcendent to the surprisingly human and the tale he chooses to tell in Season of Mists gives him ample room to create a godly and superior fantasy.The plot is simple Lucifer abdicates the throne of Hell, sending the damned back to earth, and turns the keys over to Dream Dream doesn t really want the property too vast, too hard to keep up but a lot of other beings do, including demons, angels, fairies, and yes, of course gods Odin, Thor, Loki, Anubis, Bes, Bast, the Shinto storm god Susano o no Mikoto, and the personifications of Order a cardboard box carried by a genie and Chaos a little girl dressed like a clown The delightful center of the tale is a grand banquet in the house of Dream, where these beings offer their bids and bribes for the prize of an empty Hell One of these offers interests Dream greatly a chance to rescue his lover Queen Nada from the consequences of his youthful anger.The central story is handled expertly, and the major digression about dead schoolboys and masters returning to their boarding school during vacation is very good too Gaiman s inspiration for Season of Mists was a remark of Jesuit theologian and anthropologist Teilhard de Chardin You have told me, O God, to believe in hell But you have forbidden me to thinkof any man as damned An easily resolved paradox, Gaiman thought to himself, provided you empty Hell The title is derived from Keat s Autumn season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Although the association of mellow fruitfulness with Hell may seem ironic, I believe its message is straightforward In Season of Mists, Dream does becomemellow dying to unwelcome burdens and ancient rages, and gaining the fruits a small portion, at least of peace, reconciliation and love Finally, I would like to share with you my favorite part of Season of Mists Isn t it funny how often a minor character may fascinate you so much he almost blots out the rest For me, that character is Breschau of Livonia This imaginary Eastern European noble I know he s imaginary, having looked him up in vain proudly insists he remain in Hell because of the enormity of his deeds, which he relates in detail, proclaiming I am Breschau of Livonia Lucifer dismisses him with these words But no one today remembers Breschau No one I doubt one living mortal in a hundred thousand could even point to where Livonia used to be, on a map The world has forgotten you Not I, Lord Breschau, not I


  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    I find myself at a loss for words whenever I come to review a volume of this series, simply because it is just that good What is there to talk of that will do it justice Could I speak of the intelligent weaving of mythological figures with distinctively human personalities No Not enough Could I speak of the literary allusions and most apt references to long dead poets and writers No Not enough One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that Gaiman is a genius This is by far the b I find myself at a loss for words whenever I come to review a volume of this series, simply because it is just that good What is there to talk of that will do it justice Could I speak of the intelligent weaving of mythological figures with distinctively human personalities No Not enough Could I speak of the literary allusions and most apt references to long dead poets and writers No Not enough One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that Gaiman is a genius This is by far the best thing he has written As great as some of his other writing is, The Sandman series is on a whole new level The writing here tackles marvellously big concepts in such a clear and careful way Dream, Death, Fate, Desire, Delirium, Despair and Destruction are powerful concepts that move human existence In part, they help to define it Gaiman represents them as a dysfunctional family, as forces, working to keep the balance within the universe Central to this series is Dream And everybody does it, even the Devil himself Lucifer has had enough of ruling in hell and wants to go and experience a few new things, only natural really after ruling in the fire pit for thousands of years Dream grants his request and as such is left with the keys to hell itself as Lucifer goes on seemingly indefinite vacation But Dream has his own responsibilities he can t be the new lord of hell So he gives the keys away, though who could be suitable for such a task All manner of beings come to claim them Anubis, Thor and Odin, The King of Fay, some demons from hell and even a few of god s chose angels come to observe the decision making All appear unequal to the task they all have their own personal motives and seek nothing butpower They attempt to manipulate Dream they use death threats, bribery and even resort to the use of hostages in order to sway him.Dream, however, is revolute and understands that all power must be balanced within the universe The central story is very strong, though what I saw here was the beginning of all the loose threads coming together As grand as this story felt, it is clearly just a small chapter in a much larger story that is only just starting to reveal itself This series seems to be picking up some momentum Good things are sure to be ahead


  3. Patrick Patrick says:

    This is the point in the series where shit gets real For one thing, this is the first glimpse you have of how truly mythically all encompasing this series is You have Odin, the Lucifer, some Faeries, Demons, a Japanese storm god, Bast and Anubis, two angelic presences, and other assorted powers all hanging out, not just in the same story But on the same page And it makes sense You re left thinking, oh, yeah Sure Why wouldn t Thor be hitting on Bast Evenimportantly, this is the poin This is the point in the series where shit gets real For one thing, this is the first glimpse you have of how truly mythically all encompasing this series is You have Odin, the Lucifer, some Faeries, Demons, a Japanese storm god, Bast and Anubis, two angelic presences, and other assorted powers all hanging out, not just in the same story But on the same page And it makes sense You re left thinking, oh, yeah Sure Why wouldn t Thor be hitting on Bast Evenimportantly, this is the point where, when I first read it, I thought Wait What Do you mean that all those cool little stand alone stories weren t stand alone stories Are you telling me that all these tiny stories which I loved, and would have left me completely blissed and satisfied all by themselves are actually all part of a bigger story My mind was blown And it still kinda is I d never seen this done before, and I ve never seen it done as well since


  4. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    The story goes to Hell, inthan one sense Creative Team Writer Neil GaimanIllustrators Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt P Craig RussellCovers Dave McKeanLetterer Todd Klein FAMILY REUNIONS, HELLISH KEYS, BOARDING SCHOOLS DIVINE PARTIES Yet another impressive introduction to the TPB by Harlan Ellison, denoting again that The Sandman is something else in the middle of the genre of comic books Sometimes we can choose t The story goes to Hell, inthan one sense Creative Team Writer Neil GaimanIllustrators Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt P Craig RussellCovers Dave McKeanLetterer Todd Klein FAMILY REUNIONS, HELLISH KEYS, BOARDING SCHOOLS DIVINE PARTIES Yet another impressive introduction to the TPB by Harlan Ellison, denoting again that The Sandman is something else in the middle of the genre of comic books Sometimes we can choose the path we follow Sometimes our choices are made for us And sometimes we have no choice at all. This volume has an epic beginning with a reuni n of the members of the Endless, well all of them except the prodigal Destruction who went awol lefting behind his responsibilities.This family reuni n of the Endless is easily the strongest section of the TPB and a real pleasure to read Come in Everybody s here and I do mean everybody. The rest of the TPB and the main storyline developed in this volume has a wonderful premise but that I humbly think that it wasn t properly exploited to its full potential.Morpheus, the embodiment of Dream committed an injustice long time ago In the volumen The Doll s House is told the tragic love story of Queen Nada, a mythical ruler of a vey ancient kingdom, and whose sad tale has been transmitted through generations when men reached maturity age Nada fell in love with Dream, but loving an Endless member is something complicated to say the least.Morpheus is going to Hell looking for Nada, since he found her there in his previous trip to the Hellish realm while he was looking for his mask to gather all his lost power during his imprisonment by magic.Hell is empty Lucifer quit Really.And now Morpheus is left with the Key to Hell Literally the key to open or to close, Hell.This unprecedent event will provoke an unique gathering of gods and divine envoys of many origins Norse, Japanese, Egyptian, Christian, etc even embodiments of primal forces.Everybody wants the Key to Hell and Morpheus is the one who will decide At that point, I was astonished, my mind was in neuronal fireworks HoweverThe developing of that hallucinative premise was, mmh how to say it Simple Lacking of a real challenge to the main character Morpheus There were so many possibilities, so many paths to take, a wide open field of odds, and at the end without spoiling anything is like mmh okay whilethe things change,remain the same Oh, and in the middle of that, you will find also a cool ghost story happening in a boarding school that I enjoyed a lot.So, while it contains incredible cool characters and a smart narrative, I found the ending, weak and unadventurous.BUTCertainly I will keep reading this epic run of The Sandman, you can bet on that


  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    Re Read, 4 4 20 Oh, honestly, I shivered throughout the re read This is SUCH an important volume for the rest of the tale And I really can t top my original review, either What a great twist this volume is Original Review Now the good stuff really gets started.Introducing most of the Endless, we discover intrigue with Destiny, some deep sadness in Delirium, friendship in Death, capriciousness in Desire, and maybe a bit of reasonableness in Despair Dream is there, of course, and he s right Re Read, 4 4 20 Oh, honestly, I shivered throughout the re read This is SUCH an important volume for the rest of the tale And I really can t top my original review, either What a great twist this volume is Original Review Now the good stuff really gets started.Introducing most of the Endless, we discover intrigue with Destiny, some deep sadness in Delirium, friendship in Death, capriciousness in Desire, and maybe a bit of reasonableness in Despair Dream is there, of course, and he s rightly annoyed with his siblings.He is, after all, the one who had perpetrated a great crime Who are they to taunt him Ah, Nada Such a tragic figure.And she s only a plot hook Oh Hell I m not going to spoil Hell, but Dream goes back to right his great wrong.I was so surprised with the outcome Delighted Flabbergasted The implications were enormous and made me giddy with anticipation If the Eternals weren t enough to make things interesting, we also get the Aesir, Angels, Chaos, Chinese Gods, Devils, Fae, and Order knocking on Dream s door to threaten, bribe, plead So totally delicious.I read American Gods before Sandman, so I was grooving to this tune and this twist in a big way Hell, this Volume epitomizes everything I love about the Sandman Series When it thinks big, it thinks BIG Let s not piddle around the the little crap, shall we Let s move Heaven and Earth.Woo Woo If only all comics could get this grandiose Of course, I later learned that some could get pretty close, but this is my first taste of something really good


  6. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    I think hell s something you carry around with you Not somewhere you go Season of Mists is the fourth volume in the Sandman graphic novel series Lucifer has given Dream the key to Hell, however Dream has a lot of other responsibilities and so decides the key should be given to someone else but who Oh man, this has definitely been my favourite volume so far in the series I have been enjoying Sandman a lot, but this was the point at which I really began to understand the hype behind it Sea I think hell s something you carry around with you Not somewhere you go Season of Mists is the fourth volume in the Sandman graphic novel series Lucifer has given Dream the key to Hell, however Dream has a lot of other responsibilities and so decides the key should be given to someone else but who Oh man, this has definitely been my favourite volume so far in the series I have been enjoying Sandman a lot, but this was the point at which I really began to understand the hype behind it Season of Mists opens up with an Endless family gathering and all are present and accounted for Dream, Death, Desire, Delirium, Despair, Destiny and Destruction I am obsessed with this concept, that these components that play a role in each human s experience are represented by a dysfunctional family of seven siblings It s frigging genius how Gaiman does this, I am simply IN AWE.Following some taunting at the family get together, Dream feels bad about his treatment of a former lover and decides to go to Hell to retrieve her, but upon his arrival he finds that Lucifer is driving out all the demons and damned souls and he gives Dream the key to Hell s gates THEN the fun really starts as we get an amazing mishmash of different mythologies coming together baring some resemblance to American Gods to visit the Dreaming and plead their case to Dream for the key You got Odin arriving alongside Loki and Thor as well as Anubis, Bast and Bes the list goes on So many crazy and vibrant characters, I can t compliment this aspect enough Amongst all the drama happening over at the Dreaming, we also get a chapter that gives us some insight into the consequences of Hell s closure And it s EXCELLENT.I m honestly at a loss for words in terms of describing how much I loved this volume, although I feel like perhaps the reason I thoroughly enjoyed this one was because it is really the first to have a consistent story arc.Gaiman s imagination continues to fascinate me, he is just on another level 5 stars


  7. Lyn Lyn says:

    So I m back, to the velvet undergroundBack to the floor, that I loveTo a room with some lace and paper flowersBack to the gypsy that I wasTo the gypsy that I wasAnd it all comes down to youWell, you know that it doesWell, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twiceAh, and it lights up the night Nicks Welsh Witch Music When I think about Neil Gaiman s work, it all comes back to American Gods This is the book by him that to me is the most identifiable of his canon and the work upon so much So I m back, to the velvet undergroundBack to the floor, that I loveTo a room with some lace and paper flowersBack to the gypsy that I wasTo the gypsy that I wasAnd it all comes down to youWell, you know that it doesWell, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twiceAh, and it lights up the night Nicks Welsh Witch Music When I think about Neil Gaiman s work, it all comes back to American Gods This is the book by him that to me is the most identifiable of his canon and the work upon so much other writers have accessed influence Certainly there have been trans pantheistic works prior to the 2001 publication of AG, but I think Gaiman put it all together best.Season of Mists, the fourth collection in the Sandman graphic novel series was published in 1992 and this must have been on Gaiman s mind when a few years later he began his seminal work Sandman readers once again visit Dream in his world and we also see Hell and much chaos and confusion Odin All father appears, as do Thor and Loki, but his illustration is very similar to how he would later appear in Gaiman s 2001 masterpiece


  8. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    I ve been gradually warming to this series as it s picked up momentum, and Vol 4 proved to be a glorious realization of its vast potential What begins as the weirdest family reunion of all time takes a turn when Dream s family calls him out for the very douche bag move of condemning his ex girlfriend to eternal damnation in a fit of pique because she totally wanted to date other people Dream decides to journey to Hell to save her soul and hijinks ensue, not the least of which involves view s I ve been gradually warming to this series as it s picked up momentum, and Vol 4 proved to be a glorious realization of its vast potential What begins as the weirdest family reunion of all time takes a turn when Dream s family calls him out for the very douche bag move of condemning his ex girlfriend to eternal damnation in a fit of pique because she totally wanted to date other people Dream decides to journey to Hell to save her soul and hijinks ensue, not the least of which involves view spoiler Lucifer s abdication of the throne of Hell and subsequent turning over of same to Dream s possession hide spoiler I m not especially enad of Kelley Jones s art, but it suits the tone of Sandman well enough to tell a story that is, by turns, dark and twisty and light and absurd It s delightful good fun Onward to Vol 5


  9. Anthony Chavez Anthony Chavez says:

    What happens when Lucifer decides to leave hell Season of Mists, the fourth volume of The Sandman answers that question as Dream heads to Hell once again, this time to release a former lover who has been imprisoned and tortured for thousands of years Upon arrival, he finds Hell deserted, and Lucifer ushering out the stragglers he has banished from the lands, he then hands dream the key to the kingdom This is the best of the first four volumes in the series, with A Doll s House a close secon What happens when Lucifer decides to leave hell Season of Mists, the fourth volume of The Sandman answers that question as Dream heads to Hell once again, this time to release a former lover who has been imprisoned and tortured for thousands of years Upon arrival, he finds Hell deserted, and Lucifer ushering out the stragglers he has banished from the lands, he then hands dream the key to the kingdom This is the best of the first four volumes in the series, with A Doll s House a close second, this should not be missed by fans, nor casual observers.Gaiman always adds epic storytelling and mythology in the series and this volume is no exception, Season of Mists takes on a lot sin, redemption, both personal and religious, and the battle between good and evil To discuss too much of the plot would ruin some of the rich suprises to come, but Gaiman s inventiveness is to the max here, with a gleefully funny and fascinating scene involving intrigue and lobbying by any number of demons, gods, and demigods, this provides an interesting look at the interactions between them Thor getting ridiculously drunk and hitting on women during the banquet, for example There is also a great ghost story set in a boys school that s not really like any haunted house tale you ve ever read But in the midst of his epic scope, Gaiman never neglects the smaller andintimate touches, and scenes involving nothingthan an unlikely character commenting on a sunset or an unexpected birth revealing unexpected depths and complexities to Gaiman s creations The character of Lucifer is excellent and intriguing as well, and God s reward to the two angels who oversaw Dreams decision Well, that s up to the reader to decide It s become apparent just a little ways into the volume that Gaiman has constructed something akin to a new cosmology and mythology here, and while it s wonderful to get lost in his worlds, it s the surprisingly human characters that keep us enthralled and reading volume after volume


  10. Char Char says:

    This is my favorite entry in the Sandman series so far Here we learn a lot for instance, all the supposed stand alone stories in Sandman 3 The Dream Country, were NOT all stand alones Some of them do have connections that are referenced here The introduction by the irascible Harlan Ellison was fantastic I know he s a curmudgeon, but I adore the man His description of what happened when one of Gaiman s comic book stories won the World Fantasy Award was freaking hilarious I didn t enjoy the This is my favorite entry in the Sandman series so far Here we learn a lot for instance, all the supposed stand alone stories in Sandman 3 The Dream Country, were NOT all stand alones Some of them do have connections that are referenced here The introduction by the irascible Harlan Ellison was fantastic I know he s a curmudgeon, but I adore the man His description of what happened when one of Gaiman s comic book stories won the World Fantasy Award was freaking hilarious I didn t enjoy the artwork in this one as much as I did in previous volumes, but I loved and admired the stories and the writing so much, that I didn t mind I would have enjoyed these stories with no artwork at all It is now becoming clear to me what an epic undertaking this series must have been The story arc is HUGE and encompasses so much We have hell and demons and all kinds of creatures from legends and myths and they re all mashed together in a story that somehow makes sense It s truly impressive and I can t wait to continue on with this series.Highly recommended to fans of fantasy, Neil Gaiman and graphic novels