Hello again! This week on Tradio I get my wish with a very long intricate read in The Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman with art by a bunch of artists who I have no clue who did what and published under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics.
Hippolyta Hall. A character steeped in DC history doesn't seem like a likely cornerstone of a story that stayed on the periphery of the DC universe proper, but she is...or rather, her son Daniel is. A character we had seen (and not realized it) many issues ago in one of the one and done issues of The Sandman. In these issues, we see a mother trying to find her son and then wanting revenge, we see the Furies set loose upon the Dreaming, we see friends come and go, and we ultimately see the fate of Dream himself. The tale is long, but it needs to be to tie up all the threads that has been started from the beginning of The Sandman. I don't want to say too much since there is so much surprise and discovery to be had here, but if you aren't moved by this story, you haven't been paying attention. By far, the best of the series, but only because so much has been so good before it.
Ok...before I go into anything else, I would love to know which of the artists did what in this trade. There is a list of eight different artists on the front cover with no indication of who did what. I hate that. Most of the art was done by someone in particular and I liked it, but there is nothing so say who did what. Yes, the story is very important and Gaiman should get lots and lots of praise for what all is done in this trade, but without the art, it isn't a comic book and there should be some indication of who did what. It bothers me a lot...but I digress. The Kindly Ones is good. REALLY good. So much of the ground work from stories before has been laid for what happens in these thirteen issues and many mysteries are revealed over the course of this story. It is sad and triumphant and it reached an end that was laid out really as far back as issue one. Old friends return and new "friends" are made and we get to see just what Dream is made of. I finished it with a heavy, yet curious heart and am excited to see what is to come with The Wake.