The Sandman Universe #1
Written by Neil Gaiman, Dan Watters, Kat Howard, Nalo Hopkinson, Simon Spurrier
Art by Sebastian Fiumara, Max Fiumara, Tom Fowler, Domonike Stanton, Bilquis Evely
Colors by Mat Lopes
Dream is missing and there is a growing problem in the land of the Dreaming. Lucien finds himself sorting through his library unable to find a book that he swears he remembers. Mervyn tries to get the librarian to see what’s going on beyond the walls of the castle. When he discovers the growing rift in the land of the Dreaming, he dispatches the raven Matthew to search for the missing Daniel.
Matthew’s adventures through the land of the Dreaming and the world are the core of this story. It showcases the stories that are going to be featured in the new Sandman stories. His adventure puts him at odds with Dora as she finds herself living in the dreams of others and violently opposing any attempt to wake the woman who’s dream she is living in. Matthew finds himself witnessing a new day in the life of Tim Hunter. A new day that brings something unknown, including a new teacher with a secret. In New Orleans, a new family deals with a change in their dynamic as a deity awakens with a connection to the Dreaming.
Matthew finds himself looking for Lucifer, who is also missing. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the Morningstar is using souls for a new scheme. One that backfires on him.
The fact that there are so many different stories that are being crafted for this new universe is a daunting task. One that this issue does a great job of setting up for potential readers. All of the interludes in this issue are intriguing. I want to explore each one and see what makes them stand out individually and how they work in the larger story. This is a really good story and does what it is supposed to.
The art is great. I really loved everything in the backgrounds as well as the facial expressions on a lot of the characters. There is a great attention to detail and I found so much to enjoy in the visuals of this issue. It definitely makes me interested in the universe to come.