Friday, November 09, 2012

The Sandman : Neil Gaiman : Ο Μορφέας

The Sandman is a comic book series, written by "Neil Gaiman". Info Here.
The central character in the series is "Dream"  , also known as " MORPHEUS ",
also known by many other names, one of the Endless.
He is captured in 1916 by an occult group, and held prisoner until he escapes in 1988.

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman was launched in 1989.  Following "Dream of the Endless",
also known as "Morpheus", "Onieros" ( His Greek name - Greek Mythology )
and many other names, we explore a magical world filled with stories both horrific
and beautiful.

There are seven brothers and sisters who have been since the beginning of time,
"The Endless". They are "Destiny", "Death", "Dream", "Desire", "Despair", "Delirium"
who was once Delight, and "Destruction" who turned his back on his duties.
Their names describe their function and the realms that they are in charge of.






       In 1916, the magician Roderick Burgess attempts to attain immortality by capturing
the embodiment of Death. Mistakenly, he binds Death's brother Dream instead.

Fearing retribution, Burgess keeps Dream imprisoned.
In 1988, after Burgess has died and his son Alex has been charged with watching Dream,
Dream is able to escape.

Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares.

Dream (also known as Morpheus) is weakened after his captivity,
 and attempts to return to his realm. He is found by Gregory,
a gargoyle belonging to Cain and Abel.

 Once they have nursed Dream back to health,
Dream returns to his home and is shocked to see it has fallen into ruin.
Lucien, the librarian, fills Dream in on the goings-on since his incarceration.

Dream begins a quest to recover his totems of power (a pouch of sand,
a helm and a ruby, which were dispersed following his capture.

He visits The Three that are One (the three Fates) and answers them where
are his totems of power.

The pouch of sand was taken by a man called John Constantine,
his helm was taken by a demon in Hell and
the ruby was taken by the mother of  the doctor John Dee.

After retrieving the pouch from a former girlfriend of John Constantine,
She was a fantom of herselfe , cause of the using the sand of dreams.

Dream travels to Hell seeking his helm.
He is guided by the demon Etrigan to Lucifer.

Dream explains one of the demons in Hell has his Helm,

and it is returned to him following a battle of wits which Dream wins.

The ruby is in the possession of John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny. 

Dee escapes from Arkham Asylum before going to a diner,
where he disorts reality for those inside, using them as toys until they all
 murder each other or commit suicide.

Dream arrives and attempts to take the ruby, only to overpowered by Dee.
Thinking it will kill Dream, Dee shatters the ruby,
inadvertently returning its power to Dream. Considering Dee at least partially responsible for his victory, Dream shows mercy and returns Dee to Arkham Asylum.

Reflecting on his recent incarceration,
Dream is visited by his sister Death.
She talks Dream out of his brief depression and persuades him to explore
the world and see what he missed during his seven decades in prison.

As part of a manhood ritual, an old man in the desert tells a younger man
an ancient story, detailing the tragic love between Dream and Queen Nada

Fearing the consequences of loving an immortal, Nada spurns Dream. In anger,
Dream sends Nada to Hell, where she remains to the present day.

Meanwhile, Dream's androgenous sibling Desire calls upon its twin, 


Despair, to inform her there is a new dream vortex.
The two of them allude to a scheme against Dream.


Dream reviews a census of his realm, and discovers four of his creations are missing.
He undertakes a quest to find them.

On Earth, young Rose Walker and her mother Miranda

meet Unity Kinkaid,
a victim of the sleeping sickness that occurred while Dream was imprisoned.

She was raped in her sleep, and became pregnant with Miranda.
 Miranda was adopted as an infant, and never knew about Unity.
Unity reached out to them because she wanted to meet her daughter
and granddaughter before she died. While Miranda stays in England with Unity ,
Rose will find her younger brother, Jed, and tell him the news.

Rose's father, who had been caring for Jed,
died and left Jed to some abusive distant relatives.
As she tries to track theier whereabouts,
 Rose takes up residence in a boarding house full of peculiar characters,
 including Chantal and Zelda, an ambiguosly lesbian couple who always wear
bridal garb and own a collection of stuffed spiders;

Ken and Barbie, an extremely yuppie-ish couple;

the eccentric Gilbert,
 a self-described "amateur knight errant"; and the landlord Hal,
a gay man who performs at nightclubs in drag. At night, Rose dreams of her brother Jed.

Jed's new caretakers keep him locked in their basement
while they enjoy the monetary benefits they receive from the state for caring for him. 

Meanwhile, Brute and Glob, two creatures created by Dream,
 have escaped the dreamrealm and taken residence in Jed's mind.
Jed is freed when Dream comes to collect Brute and Glob,

 but as he wanders along the road he is given a ride by the Corinthian,
an escaped nightmare.

Dream takes a break from his quest to meet Hob Gadling,
 who Dream granted immortality in 1389.
The two share a drink in the same tavern every hundred years.

On their way to find Jed, Rose and Gilbert stop at a hotel.
The Corintian brings Jed to this same hotel,
 where Corinthian is attending a convention of fellow serial killers.
Gilbert recognizes the Corinthian, and tells Rose that if she is in danger she should call "Morpheus", Dream's name.

When one of the serial killers tries to harm her, Rose calls for him and Dream arrives. He destroys the Corinthian with little difficulty, and punishes the convention attendees by taking their dreams of granduer away from them, thus making them realize how pathetic and devoid of meaning their lives and crimes ultimately are.

Gilbert finds Jed in the back of the Corinthian's car,
and has him sent to the hospital. Miranda, back in England,
is sad to find that Unity has precious little time left,
and is there to try and comfort her in her final moments.
Dream informs Rose she is a dream vortex,

and the world will be destroyed if he does not kill her. Gilbert,
 who was the fourth missing creation, offers his life in Rose's place.
Dream tells him it isn't an option. However, before Dream can kill Rose,
her grandmother Unity enters the Dreaming and tells Dream to kill her instead.
Unity was meant to be the dream vortex,

but she never became one because of the sleeping sickness,
so it was passed on to her granddaughter instead. Rose gives Unity her "heart",
the object that makes her the vortex.

At that moment, Unity seems to naturally die in the waking world,
thus destroying the vortex.
 Dream explains to Rose that there is much that he doesn't understand,
but she doesn't have to worry about it.

After months of thought, Dream confronts Desire with his conclusions.

Desire admits to raping Unity in an elaborate plot to force Dream to murder his own blood, which would destroy Dream. Dream warns Desire against overstepping his bounds again.
 Τα βιβλιαράκια αυτά κυκλοφόρησαν στην Ελλάδα ( 1ο Βιβλίο Δεκέμβριος 1997 - 750 Δρχ
απο τις Εκδόσεις   Modern Times )


( Bublished in Greece : Dec. 1997 )

 ( Publised in Greece Feb. 1998 )

(  Publised in Greece April 1998 )

(  Publised in Greece  july 1998 )

( Publised in Greece Oct. 1998 )

( Publised in Greece Dec. 1998 )
( Publised in Greece March 1999 )

( Published in Greece April 1999 )

The Artists :

 Sam Kieth
Mike Dringernberg
Malcom Jones III
Michael  Zulli
Steve Parkhouse


  1. ελα ρε ειχαν μεταφραστει και στα ελληνικα τα Sandman?

  2. @Βάσω : Ω ναι!Ναι!Ναι!Εμφανίστηκαν σε κάποια βιβλιοπωλεία στα τέλη του 90 και μετά εξαφανίστηκαν.Τώρα πλέον βρίσκονται πολύ δύσκολα και μεταχειρισμένα.Προσεχώς θα ανεβάσω και τις "Aιώνιες νύχτες - The Sandman",ένα άλλο αριστούργημα του Neil Gaiman,όπου μία από τις 7 ιστορίες του κόμικ υπογράφει ο τεράστιος Milo Manara.

  3. ναι αυτο το εχω...
    απλα μου κανει εντυπωση το οτι αφου εχουν μεταφραστει γιατι δεν κυκλοφορουν ολα τα τευχη ευρεως στα ελληνικα. αν και μεταξυ μας προτιμω τα πρωτοτυπα, εχουν πολυ καλυτερη γραφιστικη απεικονιση και η μεταφραση δεν ειμαι και τοσο σιγουρη αν ειναι πιστη.