Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Sandman, Volume Two: The Doll's House

*Book source ~ Library
Author ~ Neil Gaiman
Illustrator ~ Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, 
Chris BachaloMichael ZulliSteve Parkhouse
Publisher ~ Vertigo
Published ~ 10 March 1999
Genre ~ Graphic Novel | Fantasy
Pages ~ 232

My Rating ~ 4 bites

From Goodreads:
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.
A being that has existed since the beginning of the universe, Morpheus rules over the realm of dreams. In THE DOLL’S HOUSE, after a decades-long imprisonment, the Sandman has returned to find that a few dreams and nightmares have escaped to reality. Looking to recapture his lost possessions, Morpheus ventures to the human plane only to learn that a woman named Rose Walker has inadvertently become a dream vortex and threatens to rip apart his world. Now as Morpheus takes on the last escaped nightmare at a serial killers convention, the Lord of Dreams must mercilessly murder Rose or risk the destruction of his entire kingdom.

Collecting issues #9-16, this new edition of THE DOLL’S HOUSE features the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition.

I’m not really understanding this series much better, but I am enjoying it. Does that make sense? No? Too bad, that’s how I feel. LOL There’s a lot going on in these stories. It centers around Rose Walker and the fact she’s a Vortex. A Vortex happens about once an era and that person can destroy the world, so Dream (or Morpheus) can kill the person to protect the Dreaming and the world. Yeah, I don’t get it either, but it’s creative. During the stories about Rose though there are other stories. Such as what’s happening to her brother Jed and where the missing four entities (Glob, Brute, the Corinthian and Fiddler’s Green) from the Dreaming are. There’s the weird people who live in the house Rose’s rents a room in and the insane people who attend the Cereal Convention. Clever name for a convention considering they’re actually serial killers. That is just too bizarre and shudder-worthy. I don’t understand about Hob Gadling, but I take it he’ll be a recurring character. And the ending is confusing, where Dream talks to his sibling Desire. Maybe things will clear up as I go along. Also, I love the artwork. Especially Dream and I love how his word bubbles are so distinctive. I’m looking forward to starting the next volume.

In this volume:
Tales in the Sand ~ A story handed down from man to man.
The Doll’s House ~ Introduces Rose Walker
Moving In ~ Rose in search of her 12-yr-old brother, Jed
Playing House ~ Jed’s situation
Men of Good Fortune ~ Robert “Hob” Gadling doesn’t die
Collectors ~ Serial Killers convention
Into the Night ~ Rose becomes the Vortex
Lost Hearts ~ wraps up Rose’s story


  1. Wow it does sound like there is a lot going on in these graphic novels!

    1. Most definitely, but it all seems to mesh together pretty well. :)