World's End is the eighth graphic novel collecting the works of the comic The Sandman
by Neil Gaiman
. Here I offer a rather detailed synopsis of the plot, so if you wish to be surprised when reading it, stop here. Most major and some minor plot details have been included.
Brant Tucker and Charlene Mooney seek shelter from a crazy storm in a little inn, which turns out to be like a cosmic hole in reality. Inside, people tell stories as they wait out the "reality storm" outside.
The first storyteller is Robert, who tells of wandering in a deserted city after meeting Dream, and after talking with an old man, concludes that he must've gotten caught in the city's dreams. He escapes through a hatch, and ends up in the normal city again, ever since then terrified that all the cities will one day wake.
Cluracan the faerie is there, and he tells the second story. It is about spreading gossip and lies to bring down a dangerous leader, and it is ultimately an unsuccessful attempt. However, it is important because it shows the Sandman saving Cluracan's life at the request of his sister Nuala.
The third story is told by Jim, who wants to stay on ships forever, sailing the ocean. Jim meets Hob Gadling and an immortal Indian who ate from the Tree of Life back at the dawn of Eden--and it is revealed that Jim is actually a girl posing as a boy to be part of all-male crews on ships.
The fourth story, "The Golden Boy," is about a young President named Prez whose two terms are the best in American history. Boss Smiley tries to tempt him to "the Dark Side," but it doesn't work, and despite everyone's approval of him, Prez only takes two Presidential terms and is presumed dead afterwards.
Then the fifth story centers around a culture obsessed with death, a people whose main livelihood and life's work is preparing the dead. This story is told by two Necropolis inhabitants and involves their history and a secret room where rites have been held for dead Endless.
Charlene Mooney tells the sixth story, about how she HAS no story and finds life meaningless. She ends it by running away crying.
In between all the stories, the nature of the inn itself is revealed, as a place to keep remnants of ending worlds that haven't flickered out yet. At the end, the reality storm is shown to either be caused by or to make possible the apparition of a funeral procession of solemn people striding across the sky. The Endless are there, as well as other nigh-immortal characters. The funeral's guest of honor is unknown, though it appears to be an omen of a future death of importance. The reality storm abates, and people go back to their original places . . . except Charlene, who chooses to stay at the inn.
See the next Sandman book: The Kindly Ones