Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tradio #55 - The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

Wow! Who could have thunk it?!?! I am finally at the end of the Summer of Sandman here at Tradio with my final trade review.  This week, I look at The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman with art by P. Craig Russell and published under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics.

The Dream Hunters is an oddity.  This work was produced during the twentieth anniversary of The Sandman and was an adaptation of a work that was produced during the tenth anniversary of The Sandman.  Confused?  Don't be, though I was at first.  What happened was Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano produced a prose book called The Dream Hunters and then Gaiman and Russell adapted that book into a comic book.  The Dream Hunters is a Japanese fairy tale that Gaiman totally made up, though some have tried to discover what it was based on.  Telling the tale of a monk and a fox and how their lives intertwine with each other and Dream, we see a story of lose and love and ultimately revenge that will keep you turning page after page. 

The Dream Hunters is really a good read.  It is an oddity in more than just what is mentioned above.  It is also a rare Sandman story where the art gets a chances to tell a lot of the story.  Not that Gaiman is a bad writer or anything, he just rarely produces a work where he doesn't have something to say in every panel and in this tale, Russell gets an opportunity to shine and carry the narrative for many pages on end.  It is a nice change and a nice ending to my time with the Endless family.  I recommend it and the prose book it is based off of.  What is next?  Well, no more Sandman...though it has been an enjoyable time and a great way to spend the summer.  See you next week for something entirely different and if you haven't read the twelve volumes of The Sandman that I have showcased, give it a try.  It is quite good and well worth the time you will need to put into it.  See you soon.

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