Vol. 1, Preludes & NocturnesGraphic Novel - 1995
An attempt to summon and imprison Death, results, instead, in the capture of Morpheus, the Sandman, who must regain the tools of his powers.
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: A moderate amount of gore in this, some of it's intense. One chapter is based on British horror, and contains fairly intense scenes of self-mutilation. Towards the beginning, a character is shown to be punished, and his face is shown exploding in detail. Another chapter shows a decomposing woman whose insides have stretched to cover the walls of her house.
Sexual Content: There are maybe 3 or 4 short panels of sexual intercourse. It's nothing too graphic, and in 2 of them, the sex is just implied, not even shown.
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"d is for lots of things" John Dee.
"I awake in darkness, too weak even to summon a LIGHT."
“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.
MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.
CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.
MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.
CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.
MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.
CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.
MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.
CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.
MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.
CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?
MORPHEUS: I am hope.”
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The story starts off with an occult magician and his group trying to capture Death so that they may live eternally. Instead however, they capture Death's little brother, Dream (aka Morpheus). After 70 years of imprisonment, Morpheus finally escapes, and must now find his tools so that he can fix his world of Dreams, which has been deteriorating since his disappearance and is affecting humanity.
A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.