Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sandman The Dream Hunters #4

Story by Neil Gaiman
Adapted by P. Craig Russell

This was pretty much a perfect comic book series. Russell's art has always been fantastic, and only seems to be getting better as the years go by. He shows a strong understanding of Japanese sensibility and design in this title, and the colours by Lovern Kindzierski are beautiful and perfectly matched to the story.

This final issue takes on a darker tone than the previous issues, as the fox goes about enacting her revenge on the master of yin yang, and it is this moral ambiguity that I miss about the original Sandman series. Gaiman's characters have always been very complicated individuals, and their actions are not always clear or defensible.

This series has really reawakened an interest in The Sandman for me. I don't know if I want to see Gaiman return very often to this particular sandbox, but I would love to see the rare, high-quality project like this one, trickle out into the market.

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