A Game of You (The Sandman, #5) by Neil Gaiman

A Game of You (The Sandman, #5)

Take an apartment house, mix in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine, and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the Sandman series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in The Doll's House, who here finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld. collecting The Sandman #32–37

Details A Game of You (The Sandman, #5)

TitleA Game of You (The Sandman, #5)
Release DateMar 10th, 1999
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews A Game of You (The Sandman, #5)

  • Bill Kerwin
    I have read the first five volumes of The Sandman, and so far this is only my third favorite (after A Doll's House and Seasons of Mist). Its development is somewhat muddy, its narrative too crowded with characters, and it is somewhat removed from the central myth of Sandman and the theological and cosmic questions which surround him, themes I find the most compelling part of this series. I admit, though, that this preference may be merely a matte...
  • Alejandro
    Were back in the game!!! Creative Team:Writer: Neil GaimanIllustrators: Shawn McManus, Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, George Pratt & Stan WochCovers: Dave McKeanLetterer: Todd Klein FAIRY TALES, NATURES FORCES, BLOOdY WITCHCRAFT & COMPACTS TERMS I am truly GLAD that my struggles in Season of Mists (the fourth volume) were left there and Neil Gaiman played with my mind a game, a wonderful game of words and images, a game where ironically you are giv...
  • Sean Barrs
    The spell has been broken, the dream has ended. Well, at least, for now. I was really surprised at how weak the writing was in this volume; it felt more like a spin-off than part of the actual series. Dream was barely present; he was more of a side character, only appearing briefly in the series that was named after him. Whatever was Neil Gaiman thinking when he decided to centre the story on Barbie?Yes, Barbie. If felt so off centre and removed ...
  • Bradley
    Re-Read 5/1/20:*shiver* Such goodness may deserve a more verbose review, but fortunately, I already wrote one. :) And I don't really have much new to say. :)Original Review:I love Barbie. I love Wanda. I love Thessaly.Truly, this was one hell of a tightly-woven story including inner-worlds, cuckoo birds, ancient witches, pulling down the moon, and death.There's no way in hell that I could really boil it down to essentials. As a whole, it seriousl...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    Impressed once again! I have so much love for this series. Full review to come...
  • Brooke
    A Game of You, the 5th volume in the Sandman series, is my favorite so far. One thing I've noticed Gaiman is very good at is picking up little threads he dropped in previous stories and building on them (this was one of my favorite things about Buffy; there's nothing more rewarding for a viewer/reader than a story that doesn't forget its past). The most notable one that gets picked up in this volume is the main character, Barbie, who was a minor ...
  • Sean Gibson
    Sandman continues to confound and confusticate, though thats good thing in this instance. This volume took a sharp left turn from the last one, with a minor character taking center stage and Dream playing only a small supporting role. Its a little bit like watching a Ghostbusters spinoff where Louis Tully gets lead billing and Peter Venkman shows up to crack a few jokes toward the end before high-fiving Slimer in a closing freeze frame (which, in...
  • Trish
    In this fifth Sandman volume we meet some characters from previous ones. Barbie chief amongst them. She no longer dreams and as it turns out, that really will drive you mad - of sorts. We therefore get a magical dreamland, some colourful house-mates of different sexualities and *clears throat* ages and, of course, the Lord of Dreams.Not sure if this volume actually does anything for the overall story - I'll only be able to judge that later - but ...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    The Sandman series goes from strength to strength, capable of reinventing itself with each new collection. Morpheus is mostly absent at the start of A Game of You , but that's all right, as the new characters prove interesting enough without his presence. The story takes place partly in a New York tenement, peopled with oddball characters that for some reason reminded me of Will Eisner, and partly in a fantasy realm that is lost in a far corner...
  • Imogen
    This came into my bookstore and I hadn't read it in a couple years, plus it's the one with the transwoman in it, and I was feeling emotionally vulnerable. So bring it on! So... yeah. So when I was a little kid I read this and it was like, I was a baby transsexual and all I knew about it was that I'd better not talk about it or admit it to myself or to anybody else. So this book touched me in kind of a weird place and I was SUPER stoked that it tr...
  • Anthony Chavez
    "It's like we fell down the rabbit hole, woke up in... I don't know. Stephen King's basement..." (Wanda to George's head) (91) I love how Gaiman brings back former characters, and is able to intertwine them all. The overarching story has also moved along, ever so slightly. The last three volumes of The Sandman have completely outdone what came before. I thought there was a good story in the first two volumes, but it was hard to find what really m...
  • Selkie ✦ Queen
    In the next ten months of reading all of its volumes or so, I didn't really think it was possible for me to fall in love with The Sandman. I knew I was already a fan since The Doll's House, but my appreciation and affection for Gaiman's work were not as intense or as consuming as I initially thought they would become sooner of later (and that happened later on once I got my hands on Gaiman's collaborative volume with Jill Thompson, but I digress)...
  • Zachary F.
    I'll just launch right into it. A Game of You centers on a quintet of (mostly) mortal women sharing an apartment building in New York, two of whom are lesbians, one of whom is trans, one of whom is cishet, and the last of whom is an ageless witch. The cishet woman, Barbie, is the protagonist, or at least the person most of the action centers on; the trans woman, Wanda, is arguably the emotional core. For those not already in the loop, I'll also r...
  • Stuart
    Sandman, Vol 5: A Game of You: Challenges our childhood fantasiesAfter the excellent Vol 4: Season of Mists, the Sandman once again retreats to the shadows in this unified story arc. Instead it focuses on Barbie, the vapid-seeming blonde who was married to Ken and lived in the same house as Rose Walker in Vol 2: The Dolls House. She has since split with Ken and moved to NY. She lives in a building with several unusual characters: Wanda, a pre-ope...
  • Nicole
    After reading issues 29-31 and not enjoying them at all, I expected this volume to be not so good. However, I liked reading Barbies story even if Dream didnt appear much in this volume. Yes, it wasnt nearly as good as Season of Mists but well, I doubt any upcoming volume will be. A Game of You was fun and intriguing. I found the flawed characters interesting and they quickly grew on me. It was also nice to read about Barbie, a character weve met ...
  • Cherie
    I got it! I think...
  • Chloe
    Example #832 as to why cis people should never ever attempt to write about trans women. Ever. Every single negative stereotype is included here, from the age-old trope of "the surgery" and depictions of trans women as frivolous and overemotional to the extreme and wrapping up with the "trans woman as tragic warning" trope that means we can only ever be killed and even then denied the very identity we died to achieve. And so much misgendering. So ...
  • Zoe's Human
    Neil Gaiman is such a gifted storyteller. Again, this collection contains an single and complete story arc, but now the world is large enough to start tying together bits and pieces from other parts of The Sandman storyline.
  • David Schaafsma
    This is a great volume focused less on Dream/Morpheus himself than on dream worlds populated by Narnia-like and stuffed animal characters from Barbie's youth, "morphed" into somewhat scarier beings, this being Gaiman, and the dreams of her friends Wanda, a drag Queen, a lesbian couple, a witch named Thessaly, a "street" person who hates dogs, and a scary monster named Cuckoo and there's a couple gruesome moments in it that just may stay with you ...
  • Amanda
    These just keep getting better and better. I'm really glad I've stuck with these. I was unsure at first but now I'm absolutely loving them. This was one is probably the most straightforward one but man is it dark. It also is one story with the same characters for the whole volume. I really liked that. Bring on the next one!
  • Linda
    So excellent! Being one continuous story line, this one was completely engrossing from start to finish. The Sandman series just keeps getting better and better as we see characters we were introduced to in previous stories pop up again later.
  • Sh3lly
    "It's like, that people... well, that everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody, all of the people in the whole world -- no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe."This volume is pretty much a self-contained story, with no flashing to different time periods with different characters...
  • Sud666
    Volume 5 of the Sandman series was called "A Game of You". It tells the story of Barbie, whom we first saw back in vol 2 "The Doll's House", and her dreams. Her dreams have created an entire world, but this world has been taken over by a malevolent creature known as the "Cuckoo".Interestingly each of the individual issues is named after a song. From "Lullaby of Broadway", "Bad Moon Rising", "Beginning to See the Light", "Over the Sea to Sky" and ...
  • Dawn C
    I finally bought the issue I forgot on the plane so I could actually finish it. Ive rated all the previous Sandman books 5 stars but I will have to deduct a couple for this one. Spoilers not for the plot but for a specific issue I had with a character.Someone told me a while ago he was lukewarm about NG because some of his stuff was a bit TERFy. I had not encountered such an opinion in his works before, and seeing how supportive he is of trans pe...
  • Kyle Berk
    I dont know what it is about Sandman, its a title that makes me slow down to really appreciate it because it is some of the finest work in comics. And yes I know this has been said before and will be said after but its appropriate.Vol 5 A Game of you stars Barbie and her friends. An old magic user, a lesbian couple, a murder of crows, and my personal favorite Wanda.It concerns Barbies dream overtaken by the cuckoo and what happens as a result. Th...
  • Dorin
    Amazing from start to finish. Perfect pacing, excellent story, interesting topics, and no time wasted. Amazing exposition and all; best story arc so far.
  • Ronyell
    6 stars! Neil Gaimans Sandman series just keeps getting better and better every time I read them and the fifth volume A Game of You definitely does not disappoint me! This time, Dream (Morpheus) is dealing with a world that may look cute on the outside but on the inside, a sinister force is at work here and it is up to Dream to save the day!In this volume, A Game of You, a young woman named Barbie (think of Ken and Barbie, the dolls that every li...
  • Abigail
    Perhaps I'll come back and craft a more eloquent review at some future point, but for now, I have few words. This was, thus far, my favorite volume of the Sandman collection. It is still haunting me, even after a night's sleep (which it infected with some of the most intense dreaming I've ever had...). It was stunning, and I can't wait to re-read it and discover all that I've surely missed.
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    Not enough Morpheus in this one, nuh-uh, but the story still quite gripping.
  • Mattias
    Ugghhh. I have to give this back to the library, so I should probably say something about it. I enjoyed the beginning, and some of the fantasy quest in the middle was okay. Not that great. But most of the story is set up to point out all the ways that the transfeminine character, Wanda, is "not really a woman," not in all the ways that matter to the story.(view spoiler)[Thessaly, Foxglove, and Hazel enter the fantasy world/Barbie's dream by takin...