The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House - 30th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This second Sandman collection is a little more scattershot than the first, but the art and the power of Neil Gaiman's storytelling hold the reader's attention even when a particular issue sticks out like a sore thumb (as in Part Four, "Men of Good Fortune," which is a peculiar little detour following seven hundred years of the Dream King meeting one particular undying human every century in an English tavern, up to the year 1989 [when it was written], covering the sweep of history and the change in society in each hundred-year snapshot). The plot, twisty and sideways as it is, concerns Rose Walker, a "dream vortex" that threatens Dream's domain, and her entanglement with a "cereal" (read: serial killer) convention. This volume also shows that Morpheus is not all that nice a guy, and isn't a hero, as he was quite willing to kill Rose to protect the domain of dreams until her grandmother Unity Kincaid steps up to take her place.
At the end, Dream visits another of the Endless, Desire, who he suspects of interfering in his affairs, and orders them to back off. Desire, being the sneaky little manipulator they are, steps away for the moment, but you know they will be back.
I don't know if this volume is quite as strong as the previous one, but it is still fascinating.
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