The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Taliesin Jaffe, Matt Key, and Amy Dallen were joined by Anthony Carboni to talk about Neil Gaiman’s unforgettable series The Sandman.
The Sandman is part of the DC Universe, with a few familiar faces popping up in unexpected ways here and there. But that’s not the reason why you should pick up this incredible, life-changing book.
“In the over-arcing DC universe,” explained Taliesin, “which has superheroes, gods, monsters, and all levels of creation, there exists a series of anthropomorphic personifications of basic primal elements that stand above all. These are the first beings that were ever willed into existence. They are older than the universe, and there will still be one of them left when the universe ends.”
Dream, Death, Desire, Despair, Destiny, and Delirium are just some of these beings.
“They are the Endless. They are a family, and they are dysfunctional,” continued Taliesin. Dream is trapped on Earth, and the story begins there.
“No other book paints as strong a portrait of hope as the one in which Despair is literally a character,” said Amy.
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The hosts also mentioned a few related works, like the Death solo title, and the original and relaunched Prez series. Sandman is also returning to Vertigo with the launch of the Sandman Universe this summer.
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“It’s a story about all the adult superheroes vanishing,” said Taliesin, “and the teen sidekicks kind of figure out what’s happening. But no one’s really excited about a bunch of teen sidekicks running around trying to solve mysteries and save the world.”
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