The Sandman Universe #1 by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman Universe #1

The story is plotted by Gaiman and written by Spurrier, Hopkinson, Watters and Howard, featuring art by Bilquis Evely with cover art by Jae Lee.Daniel, the lord of Dreams, has gone missing and it causes chaos in the kingdom of dreams…A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library of all the unwritten books ever dreamed is discovered by a group of children in the waking world. S...

Details The Sandman Universe #1

TitleThe Sandman Universe #1
Release DateAug 8th, 2018
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews The Sandman Universe #1

  • Sam Quixote
    Like DC Universe Rebirth #1 a couple years ago, The Sandman Universe #1 is a one-shot sizzle reel showcasing the upcoming line’s titles. And, like DC Universe Rebirth #1, The Sandman Universe #1 buh-looooooows!There are four new Sandman spin-off comics on the way for any emo goffs still moping around to get their jizz in a tizz: The Dreaming and House of Whispers in September, Lucifer and The Books of Magic in October. This issue gives us a pee...
  • Alejandro
    The Sandman Universe gets bigger! This is a special one-shot introducing the storyline to be developed in the incoming DC Vertigo comic books: “The Dreaming”, “Books of Magic”, “House of Whispers” and “Lucifer”, forming the new “The Sandman Universe”.Creative Team:Creator: Neil GaimanWriters: Simon Spurrier, Kat Howard, Nalo Hopkinson & Dan WattersIllustrators: Bilquis Evely, Tom Fowler, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Max and Se...
  • Artemy
    For Sandman's 30th anniversary DC decided to celebrate with a blatant editorial cash grab, once again launching (or re-launching) a whole universe based on Neil Gaiman's famous comic book. This one-shot is meant to be a preview of the four new series that are about to start this fall, and none of them leave a particularly good impression. This is Sandman passed through a calculating corporate lens, stripping Gaiman's unique and distinctive work f...
  • Jedi JC Daquis
    While being tonally consistent with the original Sandman series with illustrations that really gave me genuine 90s nostalgia, The Sandman Universe #1's main problem is its main plot: Dream is missing. It's been a joy to see those beloved characters like Marv, Lucien, Matthew and the brothers Cain and Abel (not Lucifer though, it pained to see him in that state), the band and the overall story is missing its biggest piece: The Endless himself.The ...
  • Wing Kee
    A beautiful expansion of the world.This is a single issue so I won’t break down my review into sections like I normally do but share my general thoughts without spoilers. I loved the Sandman series for it’s tone and it’s pacing and this single issue feels like that, there are some parts that feel more but overall it’s pretty great to recapture that feeling. The first section is wonderful and is exactly more of the stuff I want, Daniel and...
  • John
    A confusing rant written much too late at night. Sometime ago, perhaps around the time of the New 52, or when it became evident to corporate and editorial that the reboot was a creative and commercial failure--a shift occurred. A crack formed in the DC Universe. It at first perhaps like the serpent's curse of Superman's symbol. Just a small little chip in the foundation. There was a lot of money being made in movies, tv and merchandising. Across ...
  • Al Young
    I regretted the book the moment I arrived home.Damn you DC! Why the buyer's remorse? Well, I saw something with Gaiman's name on it, and my Pavlovian instinct to pick it up kicked in. But, this is Gaiman "at the helm" on a book which is a jumping on point for some new Vertigo books.Hell, I even fell for that. I usually complain about the way Vertigo is ran, but this actually sounded like a cool relaunch. This was an intro for four Gaiman-themed r...
  • Mavence [semi hiatus]
    "There is a place, where--for as long as a sleeper can sleep--stories are spun" WOW. JUST WOW. I've plunged into this without any background of The Sand Man, Lucifer, Tim's story, and the Whispers. But, dang. For a short issue, this one had flung me into a surreal world I'm definitely going to fall in love. The illustrations were beautifully drawn and the details! THE DETAILS GUYS It's so freaktastic and I can't wait for the next issue this Sept...
  • Theediscerning
    Many readers will be drawn here "with whispers that shone like silver foil and still-cooling eyeballs". It is indeed a welcome return to the librarian, the crows, and the godlike characters that never do what they are supposed to do (or, in other words, a "buncha myths and goddamn metaphors"). Read this - but don't read the blurb on goodreads. That's currently a precis of all five comic titles that will combine to create, er, something. I've alwa...
  • Monsour
    I'm giving this a 4 because reasons..I have fix feelings on the ending. Actually I have mix feeling everything they introduce in this.They didn't promise a Sandman Universe issue 2. They just introduce multiple series that some I care and some I dont. Is this an:Expansion.World building.Introducing us to the wider universe of DC after the Dark Knights Metal.Fleshing Out.A final farewell?!Cash grabs???Not sure. Im gonna edit this thing after I fig...
  • Alexandra
    First of all, I didn't give the 3 stars lightly. The art is stunning and refreshing after reading the previous series with the style of the 80s-90s. It's just that the plot seems to become more complicated, meaning that maybe we will not have many appearances of Dream-Daniel.Of course I'll come back to these comics. It's Neil Gaiman and his writing has never disappointed me.I think though that I'll head back and read Lucifer's comics.His story is...
  • Brandon St Mark
    An interesting opening issue, however some parts weren't that interesting. I plan on trying all of the titles that'll come out of this, but The Dreaming and Lucifer are the two that seem the most interesting to me.
  • Christoph
    Verdammt guter Start, die Neugierde auf die Folgeserien ist gelegt.
  • Michelle
    Goosebumps! So happy to be back in The Dreaming. Artwork is amazing!
  • Dan
    Despite the mostly positive reviews this seems to get, there’s a few detractors. Some say it’s a cash grab, as if all products for purchase aren’t for cash. I’m not sure how they determine that other than they walked into this cynical. The other criticism seems to be that this one-shot didn’t change their life and just acts as an introduction to the four series to be under this banner. All I have to say to that is, “duh.”Criticizing...
  • Arjun Iyer
    Blurb: In the beginning, there was the Word, and the Word was with Dream, and the Word was Dream. Pardon the biblical nature of the blurb, but I could not help myself. Neil Gaiman's Sandman has always been to me like the first religious sermon one receives as a child; beyond comprehension, but possessing a certain gravitas. Over the years the exploits of Morpheus and his curious creations from the Dreaming have given me endless hours of discovery...
  • Heider Carlos
    This is a showcase for the upcoming comic books based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman. So we don't have anything near an ending here. We got a lot of character or situations being introduced. And four new comic books where they'll unfold in the next months.We knew that Sandman wouldn't be left alone for long. Too much money involved. And we already had quite a few comic books based on it, four of wich are coming back: Books of Magic is one of my favorit...
  • Danielle Lucas
    This was beautiful. Can't wait to read more of this world. Already have The Dreaming to read!
  • Alice
    Hm hm hm...hard to say anything about this right is simply too short for making any justified judgment.“Just tell great stories”, Neil Gaiman said to four writers of upcoming 4 series from Sandman universe (The Dreaming, Books of Magic, House of Whispers and Lucifer). And I hope they will. Although it is really hard to have humble expectations, I am looking forward to reading more.
  • Book Nerd Shenanigans
    Solid way to start the Sandman Universe and tie all the different comic series together. I’m excited to see where these go even though I’m usually skeptical about reboots. Neil Gaiman chose all the writers and artists so I’m cool with all of this.
  • Sean Newgent
    Other reviewers have pointed out how boring and slow this comic is, which I find bizarre given how boring and slow the original Sandman series could be. Though it lacks much of the charm of the original books, Sandman Universe provides an introduction to the four new Sandman comics being released as part of DC's revitalized Vertigo line. It's the story of a raven flying through the four different areas of interest, introducing the characters who ...
  • Elliot
    4/5 starsThe Sandman story takes on a whole new life as a continuation of the beloved series that introduces 4 new stories set in the Sandman universe.The stiry ends on a cliffhanger, revealing a plot twist in which Daniel, Morpheus's white-clad successor, seems to have quit his job as an Endless. The only thing I don't like about this plot twist is that there's no build up as to why Daniel decided to make this decision. In the original Sandman s...
  • William Jackson
    Only the second Sandman tale I've ever read, and it left me with the same sense I had towards it from way back in the 90's. Very, very good characters: Daniel, Matthew the Raven, Mervyn, Lucien. A library in the Dreaming for books that will never be written is a stupendous idea. Watching Cain constantly slay Abel, though, is so repetitive and dull it got old fast. The Dreaming is a grand idea, but I suppose, on a personal note, I've had such vivi...
  • Cale
    I appreciate the way the stories are tied into each other, rather than just having short previews of the four series that are branching off of the Neil Gaiman classic series. There are some hints of interesting things to come - the Books of Magic teaser brought back fond memories of the previous series, while the introduction of Dora in the Dreaming offered a very intriguing new character. However, the Lucifer introduction was a hard bounce, whic...
  • Bill
    Growing up as a child of the 80s, there used to be these Saturday morning cartoon preview shows on prime time television. With a mish-mash plot and guest stars from random other shows, they'd promote all the shows they wanted kids to watch in the next season. (The one I particularly remember was called "Back to Next Saturday", which is possibly the highest concentration of 80's to have ever existed.) Sandman Universe #1 is the comic book equivale...
  • Mel
    I promise I'll like something again soon... But quite meh! It started in the dreaming very obviously not scripted by Neil Himself. It just felt awkward. It wasn't really a story just an introduction to the latest Dreaming inspired spin offs. Now Sandman has had spin offs before, Lucifer, Books of Magic and they were quite excellent, especially Lucifer. But for some reason this just screamed FRANCHISE rather than story. Lucifer, Dreaming and the B...
  • Sylvia Bruggen
    This really is a three star book. It's basically a setup for a couple of new series of comic books, of which one earned this book an extra star. I will get to that one later. For the rest, it was a hit and miss. Didn't care much for Lucifer, house of whispers sounded really interesting and it was so nice to see some of my favourite inhabitants of The Dreaming. The one thing I didn't expect was how happy I was to see Tim Hunter again, and I gladly...
  • James Lawner
    This was amazing, but this mostly serves as an introduction/set-up to the new Sandman-related titles coming later in 2018. I personally enjoyed The Dreaming and Books of Magic segments of this issue, but I haven’t actually read their original series, but maybe it won’t be such a big deal now? Also, some shit went down in Dark Nights: Metal, and I haven’t read that yet, and it kinda ties in with the status quo of The Dreaming.
  • Sean Byrne
    An enjoyable return to the world of dreams, even if very little really happens. It's very much apparent that this is meant as an introductory issue for the coming mini-series'. There was just enough bite to keep me interested going forward.
  • Patrick Hurley
    Well, crap. Looks like I'm going to be spending money on comics again every month. Super excited to find out what's going on in the Dreaming, with Daniel, Lucifer, and learn more about Erzulie. Fantastic new authors for one of my favorite series. Can't wait!