Book Review: The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman: Endless Nights - Bill Sienkiewicz, P. Craig Russell, Glenn Fabry, Frank Quitely, Miguelanxo Prado, Barron Storey, Chris Chuckry, Milo Manara, Neil Gaiman

The Basics


A collection of stories taking place in the Sandman universe, each focusing on a member of the Endless.


My Thoughts


This is currently the last of the Sandman stories as written by Neil Gaiman. It’s not essential to the main plot to read these, but for a fan, it’s a satisfying read and worth adding to the collection. If you have a favorite Endless, chances are they’re given their moment to shine here. Even Destiny, with his cool-but-one-note ways.


For my part, Desire has always been my favorite, and his/her story was exactly in keeping with the spirit of Desire. And that’s the key. Even if the figure themselves is featured briefly, the spirit of what they are, who they are, is well on display. Despair, for instance, is more of a series of vignettes regarding her nature, and it fits.


Just how much they run the gamut as characters is exhibited here, as well. It’s obvious enough when they’re together being very different among themselves, but there’s a deeper level to it here. For example, Death’s story is gentle and playful with a sad twinge, yet Delirium’s story is disjointed and bizarre. The gaps between each of them serves to make their character development seem more solid. Even the artists’s separate approaches drive this home. And all the art is, of course, beautiful.


If you’re a fan, certainly read this. No matter who it is among them that fascinates you, it will deliver.


Final Rating