The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Graphic Novels
Length:  240 pages
Rating Out of 5: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

What happens when a madman captures the Lord of Dreams? Neil Gaiman answers this question in the graphic novel, The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes.

While performing a dark ritual, Roderick Burgess attempts to capture Death, one of the Endless. But he captures Dream instead. Burgess hopes to control Dream and gain immortality, but Dream will not comply. He’s caged for 70 long years, waiting for his captors to die. In the meantime, dreaming and waking are in turmoil; people have been asleep for years or cease to be able to sleep at all. No one outside the Order of Ancient Mysteries knows what caused the sickness.

Dream is eventually able to escape and exact his revenge on his ailing captors. Then he must find his stolen possessions and return normalcy to the realm of dreaming. Will he succeed or will one of the Endless cease to be?

Opinion: This is the first book in a series and I have to admit that I immediately checked out the rest and am hoping to get my hands on Gaiman’s latest addition to the series, The Sandman: Overture very soon. I loved these books and would be happy if Gaiman wrote a million more. Go read it!

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Spider-Men by Brian Michael Bendis

Title: Spider-Men
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Genre: Graphic Novels
Length:  128 pages
Rating Out of 5: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

While patrolling the dark streets of New York, Spider-Man stumbles upon a mysterious glowing energy beam and his nemesis, Mysterio. Just when it seems like Spider-Man has bested his enemy again, he falls into the energy field. Waking up in daylight, he starts to notice that scenery around him is distinctly New York, but maybe not his New York…

He sets off to investigate and it isn’t long before he stumbles into another masked crusader. Dressed in a black suit with webbing, Miles Morales is stunned to meet the original Spider-Man. But Peter Parker isn’t sure what to think of this pint-sized super human. Peter and Miles make their introductions flying across the New York skyline and Peter is horrified to learn that he’s in an alternate universe where his doppelganger’s death made the front page of the Daily Bugle. The name “Peter Parker” has become synonymous with “hero,” and Miles hopes to carry on that tradition.
S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers work to find a way to send Peter back, but Peter escapes to his childhood home to see if what everyone is telling him is true. Gwen, MJ, and Aunt May aren’t sure what to think about seeing an older version of their beloved Peter showing up on their door step. Will Peter make it home? Or will Mysterio finally get a universe without a Spider-Man?
Opinion: I really enjoyed this graphic novel and now look forward to reading more about Miles Morales. Sometimes, it’s hard to to jump into a superhero story line, but this is a great place to learn about Peter Parker and Miles for those new to the Spiderverse.