The Saturday Comics: The Sandman: Overture

16 Nov

November 16, 2013


Almost exactly 2 years ago, when DC started The New 52, I dropped comics. The final issue of Flashpoint was my last comic book from either company. Since then I bought only 2 trades, both of which reprinted stories from the 70’s and 80’s.


The Batman arc on the left made my Top Ten Comics list, and the JLA/JSA/All-Star Squadron crossover narrowly missed the list.

Since then I have not missed comics. Oh, I haven’t completely given up. Last week I read the first two collections of Superior Spider-Man and I think it was great. I also read Batman: Court of Owls not long ago. So I did not totally give up comics but I need to point out that I did not buy any of those books. I read someone else’s copies.

However, I broke my oath this week. I went out and deliberately bought a new, single issue of a current comic. It was the first money I have spent, and the first weekly comic I have read, in 2 years.

The Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman, returning to the character he made famous and the medium it was meant to be read in.


What can I say? Neil Gaiman is a genius, and J.H, Williams is his perfect complement. I have been waiting for this comic since it was announced last year and I was not disappointed. This is only a mini-series, 6 issues, so it would be a small thing to collect the series and then go back to not dropping comics. However, I am going to wait for this in trade paperback (or better, hardcover.) I have the whole Sandman collection in trades and this belongs right next to it on the bookshelf.

And then no more comics.

7 Responses to “The Saturday Comics: The Sandman: Overture”

  1. zathra November 16, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    I wish Neil Gaiman would write more scripts for Doctor Who. ” The Doctor’s Wife “, where the TARDIS gets a voice, was BRILLIANT. One of the better scripts of the Matt Smith era.


    • bmj2k November 16, 2013 at 1:40 am #

      Very true, but to be fair, I found much of Smith’s run weak.


      • zathra November 16, 2013 at 4:22 am #

        I think some of the changes to the TARDIS are overkill, like a POOL ?? They’re making the thing sound like Snoopy’s doghouse ! ( You know, Snoopy had all that stuff in there. 🙂


        • bmj2k November 16, 2013 at 10:55 am #

          Love that comparison!


        • allenkeyes November 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

          Man, you win the internets with that comment. I NEVER thought of that! I smell a patented Mr.B photoshop coming….


          • zathra November 17, 2013 at 1:00 am #

            I’m not the 1st. I did a Google / Bing / Yahoo Search for that very thing a night or so ago. I even saw a drawing of Snoopy’s doghouse painted blue with a pulsing light on top on the Deviantart web – site.
            Also see ” Hammer – Space “. Great minds, blah, blah, blah etc. 🙂


  2. allenkeyes November 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I’d also like to mention that “Flashpoint” sucked donkey nuts as a story….


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