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Parasha: Sandman, December 15th reading

Creepy! The very first sentence re-evokes the feelings of the last chapter, as now Dream is fondling his sand obsessively. Yeesh.

"I do not have high hopes for this meeting." Heh, master of understatement, even in his thoughts. And as a note, I like "Lucifer" or "the Morningstar" as names for the devil rather than, well, the devil, or Satan. More appropriate anyhow, since here his fallen-angel aspect is most important, rather than some ephemeral concept of eeeeeevil and temptation, and those names remind us more of that.

Given the fact that the ruby is also on earth, I'm a bit surprised that he's going to hell to get the helm back before tackling that. (Well not surprised, since I've read this before, but... it doesn't make as much sense to me.) Maybe he just wants to get it over with?

Ah, Etrigan. Which is another DC Universe link, which I'm normally put as a note. But I just have to comment on how utterly ridiculous he looks in his spandexy outfit, set alongside all the other demons and such.

And daaamn. Talk about holding a grudge... ten thousand years. Oooof!

Is it just me, or does the first image of Lucifer here look somewhat like David Bowie? With poofier hair, of course.

I'm not sure what's up with the weirdly shifting art in this chapter, honestly! Between issues I could see, as artists change around, but within an issue and then changing back again? No clue.

Wow, the wizard's duel is a fairly well-used concept - I've seen it in The Sword in the Stone and in (I know I know) Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series somewhere, but while The Sword in the Stone version ended with the germ concept, here we go a few steps further.

And at the end, well, you just know that this isn't going to end well.


The Hellfire Club is a reference to reality actually, or perhaps a side reference to the Marvel Comics universe for all I know.

The rest of the schedule!


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Dec. 16th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)

What I did not know is that hell was a triumvirate. I sort of wonder exactly how that happened-- was it a previous thing, or just something Gaiman thought was cool?

I was actually wondering that myself. I am unfortunately not familiar enough with the DC Universe in general to be able to say!
Dec. 16th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
The Dangerous Habits storyline of Hellblazer has Hell as a triumvirate also, although I'm not sure whether that was published before or after this.
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking after, because I *think* I remember reading it (currently) while I was working at the comic shop, while the Sandman comic was creeping toward its end by that point. But I'm not 100% certain.
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Dec. 17th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Well, I didn't mean so much a shift in art between chapters, which is more expected - I meant within the chapter itself, like the first couple pages when Dream meets Lucifer, which seems sharply different from the rest.

And yeah, "special fonts" here are kinda like the "character portrait" hint in some video games that "oh hey, this is an important character, even if it seems like some throwaway role right now!"

Agreed on at least some of the shoehorning in of DCU elements - I kinda like the mentions of the golden-age Sandman for instance, and working Doctor Destiny into the arc works, but some of the shoehorning is much more blatant and... messy. Like Etrigan, at least if he's going to go around hell in his spandexy togs!
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Etrigan immediately stood out as something that Did Not Belong, so I'm glad you posted the link.

In general, I liked this chapter. In particular, I liked Lucifer's glam-rock look, and the various depictions of Dream: sometimes very human-looking, and sometimes contorted, stretched, compacted, or otherwise jumbled into very alien proportions. Kind of like Christian Bale's character in the first new "Charlie's Angels" movie -- super gaunt, with very jerky, not-quite-human ways of moving. I also liked how he looked to Nala (with the close-cropped blue hair) and that stylish hat he wore in the Hellfire Club.

I've seen other references to the Hellfire Club crop up in stories, so I'm not surprised it had a real life basis.
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