The fourth book in the Sandman
library. As with the others, it was written by good, ol' Neil Gaiman
This graphic novel
tells of a rather nasty situation everyone's favorite anthropomorphic personification, Dream
, has gotten himself into. Somewhere in the vicinity of ten thousand years ago, he banished a woman who would not requite his love to hell
. His sister, Death
, convinces him that this was unjust, and that he should, therefore, go and get her back.
Of course, that is no easy feat (are feats ever easy?), and he needs to confront Lucifer
himself in order to raise her from hell
. When Dream
gets there, however, he finds that Lucifer
has decided to close up shop. Lucifer
then gives Dream
the key to hell
, and now Dream
has got to figure out what to do with it.
In a way, this is the most literary Sandman
storyline of them all; it has a most cohesive and skillfully done story. Furthermore, it has a great number of guest appearances; among other people, Odin
, and envoys from chaos
show up. It is quite a good read.