Season of Mists (The Sandman, #4) by Neil Gaiman

Season of Mists (The Sandman, #4)

Reprints issues 21-28 of the Vertigo DC Comics series; introduces Lucifer and The Endless

Details Season of Mists (The Sandman, #4)

TitleSeason of Mists (The Sandman, #4)
Release DateMar 10th, 1999
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Season of Mists (The Sandman, #4)

  • Bill Kerwin
    Neil Gaiman is at his best when his imagination is peopled with gods and demons—magnificent, outsize personalities, ranging from the eerily transcendent to the surprisingly human—and the tale he chooses to tell in “Season of Mists” gives him ample room to create a godly and superior fantasy.The plot is simple. Lucifer abdicates the throne of Hell, sending the damned back to earth, and turns the keys over to Dream. Dream doesn’t really w...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    I find myself at a loss for words whenever I come to review a volume of this series, simply because it is just that good. What is there to talk of that will do it justice? Could I speak of the intelligent weaving of mythological figures with distinctively human personalities? No. Not enough. Could I speak of the literary allusions and most apt references to long dead poets and writers? No. Not enough. One thing I can say with absolute certainty i...
  • Alejandro
    The story goes to Hell, in more than one sense. Creative Team:Writer: Neil GaimanIllustrators: Kelly Jones, Malcolm Jones III, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt & P. Craig RussellCovers: Dave McKeanLetterer: Todd Klein FAMILY REUNIONS, HELLISH KEYS, BOARDING SCHOOLS & DIVINE PARTIES Yet another impressive introduction to the TPB by Harlan Ellison, denoting again that The Sandman is something else in the middle of the genr...
  • Patrick
    This is the point in the series where shit gets real. For one thing, this is the first glimpse you have of how truly mythically all-encompasing this series is. You have Odin, the Lucifer, some Faeries, Demons, a Japanese storm god, Bast and Anubis, two angelic presences, and other assorted powers all hanging out, not just in the same story. But on the same page. And it makes sense. You're left thinking, oh, yeah. Sure. Why wouldn't Thor be hittin...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "I think hell’s something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go."Season of Mists is the fourth volume in the Sandman graphic novel series. Lucifer has given Dream the key to Hell, however Dream has a lot of other responsibilities and so decides the key should be given to someone else - but who?Oh man, this has definitely been my favourite volume so far in the series. I have been enjoying Sandman a lot, but this was the point at which ...
  • Bradley
    Now the good stuff really gets started.Introducing most of the Endless, we discover intrigue with Destiny, some deep sadness in Delirium, friendship in Death, capriciousness in Desire, and maybe a bit of reasonableness in Despair. Dream is there, of course, and he's rightly annoyed with his siblings.He is, after all, the one who had perpetrated a great crime. Who are they to taunt him?Ah, Nada. Such a tragic figure.And she's only a plot hook!Oh H...
  • Sean Gibson
    I’ve been gradually warming to this series as it’s picked up momentum, and Vol. 4 proved to be a glorious realization of its vast potential. What begins as the weirdest family reunion of all time takes a turn when Dream’s family calls him out for the very douche bag move of condemning his ex-girlfriend to eternal damnation in a fit of pique because she totally wanted to date other people. Dream decides to journey to Hell to save her soul an...
  • Anthony Chavez
    What happens when Lucifer decides to leave hell? Season of Mists, the fourth volume of The Sandman answers that question as Dream heads to Hell once again, this time to release a former lover who has been imprisoned and tortured for thousands of years. Upon arrival, he finds Hell deserted, and Lucifer ushering out the stragglers he has banished from the lands, he then hands dream the key to the kingdom. This is the best of the first four volumes ...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    The speech of Lucifer Morningstar on giving up his responsibilities in Hell would be good enough to justify the five stars review, but there is a lot more to like in this new book of the Sandman comic. Like the old fashioned chapter headings, teasers of events to come and plot twists to discover:issue 21 : In which a Family reunion occasions certain recriminations; assorted events are set in motion; and a relationship thought long done with prov...
  • Lyn
    “So I'm back, to the velvet undergroundBack to the floor, that I loveTo a room with some lace and paper flowersBack to the gypsy that I wasTo the gypsy... that I wasAnd it all comes down to youWell, you know that it doesWell, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twiceAh, and it lights up the night” (Nicks: Welsh Witch Music)When I think about Neil Gaiman’s work, it all comes back to American Gods. This is the book by him that to me is the m...
  • Char
    This is my favorite entry in the Sandman series so far!Here we learn a lot-for instance, all the supposed stand alone stories in Sandman 3: The Dream Country, were NOT all stand alones. Some of them do have connections that are referenced here. The introduction by the irascible Harlan Ellison was fantastic. I know he's a curmudgeon, but I adore the man. His description of what happened when one of Gaiman's comic book stories won the World Fantasy...
  • Sh3lly
    I'm starting to think maybe these comics just aren't for me. This was hard to get through. I enjoyed the first scene where Dream and his siblings get together. Most of the story involved Dream going to Hell to retrieve a woman he had condemned there 10,000 years ago for rejecting him (what a dick). Lucifer doesn't even want to be King of Hell anymore and gives it to Dream. He doesn't want it either and ends up giving it back to two angels. So Hel...
  • Ronyell
    After reading more of Neil Gaiman’s classic “Sandman” series, I never would have thought that the stories would get better and better and the fourth volume “Season of Mists” certainly did not disappoint me! Dream (Morpheus) definitely got his hands full in this volume that will reveal many shocking surprises for the fans of the fantastic “Sandman” series!In this volume “Season of Mists,” when a family meeting between the Endless...
  • Nicolo Yu
    Beware of gifts from the Devil, a lesson that Dream learned too late when he entered the realm of Hell, ready to do battle with Lucifer if necessary, only to have the Lord of Hell tell his gift he was closing shop. There was to be no battle unless Dream wanted it so and only a gift for his guest, the key of Hell. Now the reluctant owner of a prime piece of psychic real estate, Morpheus gets embroiled by a series of supplicants from various panthe...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    It was so, SO good, it left me in weird state of mind - it's like you're high, but not really. Remember the guy from vol. 3, the writer, who was punished by Morpheus by having too many ideas? I think it's Gaiman himself, having all those ideas, but not being unhappy because of that in the slightest. He proves all the time that he actually can build the worlds and create all those characters with their own worlds, and although it's not in the stor...
  • Stuart
    The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists: Deities scramble to fill a vacancy in Hell After the stand-alone stories of Vol 3, many of which only feature Morpheus in the background, in Vol 4 the Sandman takes center stage once again. The Prologue sets the stage for a new story-arc, as Destiny strolls through his barren garden, in his monk’s cowl and with his huge book, and encounters the three Fates. As usual, they drop some cryptic clues that big eve...
  • El
    As I had hoped after reading Volume Three, the fourth volume does get back into the meat of the story and we learn more about the Endless, which is what I've been waiting for all along. This quaint little family convinces Dream that this thing he did a bazillion years ago was totally uncool and he's sort of a douche for it, and he's all "Really? Huh, I gueeeessss..." and he goes off to make things all better again. But it's not just a matter of s...
  • J.G. Keely
    It is unfortunate that Gaiman seems to be unable to surrender his archetypal cast to either humanity or inhumanity, but lets them sit awkwardly in the middle. Though he often presents Dream and his siblings as falling to love or petty squabbling, their reactions to such are often not to work towards decision, but to subside. In those cases where they do act, it becomes merely a meaningless exercise to continue the story. When this is done for the...
  • Paul
    An endless family meeting has been called. Soon after they all arrive, Desire taunts Morpheus about the way he treated a former lover, Nada and condemned her to hell. His sister Death agrees, and he decides there and then to visit hell to bring her back. On his arrival, Lucifer expels all demons from the domain and gives Morpheus the key.As soon as it is know, other immortals journey to Morpheus at the dreaming to plead for control. They offer ce...
  • Teresa
    You've heard the expression about the gates of Hell being opened, but what if the gates of Hell are locked? Lucifer evicts his tenants, abdicates and gives the key to Morpheus. The demons want back in; various mythological creatures want the property given to them; but where do the souls from Hell go in the meantime? The story of a boy left behind at his boarding school during the holidays was probably my favorite part of all this imagining.
  • Amanda
    Definitely my favorite one so far. I was disappointed in vol 3 but things really felt like they came together in this one. The family meeting at the beginning was great and a great lead in to all that follows.
  • Hasret Okyanus Sarı
    It's better to watch the sunset than to reign in hell, I suppose.
  • Wing Kee
    Mind explodingly good.World: The art of the series has been fantastic, atmospheric, creative and just beautiful. The world building here I can't even explain how it made my brain explode. The depth, the creativity, I can't truly express it in words that would do it justice. Just read it (I'm sorry for being vague).Story: The story is a payoff for a single issue tale that came before and it's fantastic. The idea of Hell and what happens there and ...
  • Airiz C
    For me, Season of Mists (The Sandman volume 4, issues 21-28) is where Neil Gaiman really starts to unspool the threads of his own magic at length, weaving them to the first filaments of the series’ foundation that we found in Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House. Here we get more than just fragments of the enigmatic central character of the series, Morpheus; we get to see his depth and how he slowly gets to have more touches of humanit...
  • Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ #BookDiet2019
    Since The Doll's House, I knew that Gaiman's The Sandman will soon have a special place in my heart. I was nineteen then, and this piece of literature was also a way for me to connect with my mentor (whom I was infatuated with as well). I was eager to get back to the major story arc with the Endless for Season of Mists, and I got exactly that; and a lot more than I anticipated. In this volume, I've learned more about the Endless (Destiny, Despair...
  • David Schaafsma
    Okay, this is obviously very good, but unlike most of the Gaiman universe, I liked the intimacy of volume 3 more than this huge, epic, operatic occasion where Morpheus decides what to do with Hell. This is high fantasy, and beautifully written, and with some poignancy as Dream determines the best thing to do about an ex-lover (influenced by his sisters!), which softens the tone of this grand drama. Dream realizes, in other words, that he has made...
  • Jesse Field
    "But even if Destiny could tell you, he will not. Destiny holds his secrets. The Garden of Destiny. You would know it if you saw it. After all, you wander it until you die. Or Beyond. For the paths are long, and even in death, there is no ending to them."Ugh.It's really too bad I didn't get a chance to read Sandman when I was about 14. Gaiman's clunky, endless scene-setting ("assorted events are set in motion; and a relationship thought long done...
  • Kirsten
    One of my all-time favorite Sandman story arcs. Lucifer decides that he's sick of being the lord of Hell, so to relieve himself of his duties and cause Morpheus some trouble as well, he closes down Hell and gives Morpheus the key. Now Morpheus must contend with the hordes of supernatural delegations who have come to him to petition for this most valuable real estate. The Faeries want Hell permanently shut down, so that they will no longer have to...
  • Paul Nelson
    Seasons of mist is definitely the best of the Sandman series so far, Destiny of the Endless is visited by the Fates and as a result calls a family meeting. Present are Destiny, Dream, Death, the twins Desire and Despair, and Delirium, only one of the Endless is missing which is an intriguing fact by itself. Destiny tells them of his meeting with the Fates and sets of a significant chain of events, Desire argues with Dream about one of Dream's pas...
  • Printable Tire
    Hmm, not sure what I think of this one. It did nothing for me in particular. I grow tired of stories of Cabbages and Kings, and only really enjoyed the one human-centered story, that of dead school boy ghosts. But Big Stuff I can do without, especially when I don't believe in it. The Devil giving up his reign comes out of nowhere... at first I thought it a trick, and perhaps it will be revealed as one in a later issue, but here it seems simply ab...