THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 HARDCOVER
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran
Cover by Dave McKean
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," together with reproductions of the issue's original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President & Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.
on sale November 1 612 pg, $99.00 US
Can't really see myself buying this (though I might pick up the cheap new colour reprint of #1), but the pencils from Vess do make it tempting to hunt down a cheap second hand or remaindered copy at some point. I'm assuming that the new colouring will at some point be used in future editions of the softcover books (it didn't seem to get any fanfare, but I noticed that the latest softcover edition of WATCHMEN uses the updated colouring that Gibbons and Higgins did for the ABSOLUTE edition last year). If they do, I might pick up the updated softcovers of the first three books at some point, especially if I can con someone into overpaying for my first prints (I'll even throw in the slipcase. Anyone?).