Also known as Morpheus, Dream is one of the seven Endless – entities who transcend time and are as old as the universe. Along with his siblings Destiny, Death, Destruction, Delirium, Desire and Despair, who each influence different aspects of human lives, Dream resides in the realm of sleep and dreams.
Morpheus and The Endless were first introduced by Neil Gaiman in The Sandman series which originally ran from 1989 to 1996. The series is now compiled into 10 trade paperbacks, with an additional 2 special stories – The Sandman: Endless Nights and The Sandman: The Dream Hunters.
After 17 years, Morpheus and his family are back in The Sandman: Overture, a 6-chapter prologue which explains what happens to Morpheus before the start of the original Sandman series, a secret that Neil Gaiman has withheld from the public for the past 25 years.
In the first chapter of Overture, readers are re-acquainted with familiar characters from the original series – Corinthian, Lucien, Destiny, Death, and of course, Dream. I must admit, having read the original series some 5 years ago, the story of the original series is not that clear in my mind anymore, and I can barely recall who some of the characters are, though their names still sound familiar.
The Sandman: Overture #1 is a very slim volume, just under 30 pages, and the story, at this point, is still a bit vague, but the vivid colors and art by J.H. Williams on the glossy pages are amazingly beautiful.
I haven’t bought a comic book since the mid-1990’s, opting instead to buy collected trade paperbacks, but I think I will continue to buy the bi-monthly issues of The Sandman: Overture, the first chapter published in the last week of October, and the second chapter set to be released around the end of the year. Later, of course, I will buy the compiled paperback edition, because, hey, you can never have enough copies of a good comic book.
The Sandman: Overture #1 (2013) – Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III (artist)
Personal rating: Too soon to tell