I’ve been slowly making my way through Sandman since last year, but this is really the first time I feel like I’ve really gotten what this series was about. It was just great from beginning to end. Each of the nine stories were great in their own way, and they tied together thematically as well, but in that subtle way that sneaks up on you slowly. Normally, there’s at least one dud in a short story collection, if not more, but here literally every one was so well crafted. Certain ones spoke to me more than others, but all of them I would read again.
I’m not sure why I’m holding back on the five stars here. Maybe I just want to see what’s coming in Vols. 7-10. This volume feels kind of like a turning point, like something much bigger is coming soon. So I want to wait and see what the whole picture looks like. This of course means I will be re-reading the whole series. But I’ve done this with every great graphic novel series I’ve read, so this isn’t really surprising.
I’ve got the next one up in a couple of weeks, but my library’s copy of Vol. 7 is now lost, which is frustrating, after I waited on hold for it for over a month. And now the series is gone from Kindle Unlimited, so I’m going to have find another way to read it. Normally I would just go into Barnes & Noble and sit there in the café and read it with a coffee, but this whole COVID-19 mess is probably going to make that a not-great thing to do. Ugh, I’ll probably just buy it on Kindle. (Update: I got an iTunes gift card and bought it on the Apple store. So far it’s not a great format, especially if you’re reading on a phone. The Kindle formatting is far superior, because it’s programmed to zoom into panels and out again. The Apple version is just a static image on the screen.)