The Sandman comic by Neil Gaiman has been illustrated by a lot of different artists, meaning the character, Morpheus’ face tends to change throughout the story, also his form changes due to storyline (sometimes he is a cat, sometimes he is from Africa)  however he is still recognisable as the character has been designed very distinctly, to have black hair and black eyes.

The book was mainly written and set in the 80’s so Morpheus and his siblings’ appearance is similar to that of ‘traditional’ 70/80’s goths. However they do change depending on what era they are in. For example, the clothing and hairstyle here when Morpheus is talking to Shakespeare.

It’s hard to go into much detail on The Sandman’s story because the narrative is quite literally all over the place. Half the series exists as a vehicle to tell short stories, which are rarely fixed into any single place or point in time. In one issue, the story could take place in the contemporary America, the next issue might take place in Tudor England, and the next issue then might take place in a mythological realm like Hell or Asgard. There is no territory that Gaiman is not afraid to cover, and the sheer variety of content makes The Sandman completely unique in its design.

Gaiman is clearly a writer who is not afraid of research. His deep implementation of world cultures and history into his Sandman mythos makes for an engrossing read if you have any knowledge of the source material. Famous stories like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Orpheus & Eurydice take on new meanings under Gaiman’s direction. In many cases, Gaiman creates his own imitation myths that mimic the style and structure of ancient stories. And of course one of the Endless features in every story, so there’s always something new to take away from Gaiman’s work.

One thing I find great about the design of the sandman comics is the speech bubbles. Some characters such as Morpheus or one of his sisters, Delirium have their own unique speech bubbles. This is great because a. It lets you know very easily who is speaking, rather than just putting the same speech bubbles all over the place (which believe me gets confusing sometimes), and b. I find that in a way it lets you know how the character speaks with more depth.

Deliriums uneven letters and colourful background gives a sense of madness to her. (Which makes sense with the name Delirium)


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