Ten thousand years after banishing to Hell a woman who scorned him, Morpheus, the King of Dreams, has decided to free his former lover. But when the Sandman arrives in the realm of eternal damnation, Lucifer, the first fallen angel, notifies him that he is closing down Hell and he wants Morpheus to have the keys. Now in charge of the gates of Hell, the King of Dreams is bombarded with requests for possession of the empty kingdom by Norse gods, homeless demons, Egyptian deities, Faerie ambassadors, the lords of Chaos and Order, and Japanese divinities. Realizing too late that Lucifer’s gift was a veiled curse, Morpheus is forced to make a decision that will affect every plane of existence as well as the universal balance of power.
(^^Taken from The Sandman Vol. 4: Seasons of Mists ^^)
Death calls Dream out on being a dick.
Sure, I could say that in a nicer way, but really, that’s what she does. Dream’s arrogance in the past is the only reason he banished his former lover to Hell, and after 10,000 freaking years, and being called out on his asshat-ery, he decides to enter Lucifer’s Hell and free her.
Like the blurb says though, Lucifer is closing up shop. He’s bored and tired of Hell, and Lucifer’s decided to pass on the key to someone else (Dream).
This causes Dream all sorts of headaches, but he wants to free his former love, so he’s forced to accept the key and all the burden that goes along with it.
I absolutely loved this arc, and if that’s where the story ended, this would have been 5/5 stars. It was imaginative as hell, and I loved reading about all the different characters/deities trying to get Dream to choose them to rule Hell.
It was a blast to read.
The other arcs, while interesting when I saw the full picture, didn’t always fascinate me the way the main arc had. They were still fun to read though, and I did enjoy pretty much all of them.
I’m still loving the art. I think the artists have continued to do an exceptional job creating a world fit for Neil Gaiman’s words. I loved taking the time and looking at all of the art at the end of the book too, with artists’ different interpretations of Dream.
That was neat to look at.
I’m still absolutely recommending this series to anyone and everyone. It’s still so fantastic to me!
(I wanted more Dream, more Endless
All the Dream, all the Endless)