Saturday, November 22, 2008
The Sandman Volume 9: The Kindly Ones
The Sandman Volume 9: The Kindly Ones has a euphoric cover. The green and orange contrast is fluid, and the lucid fabric-like curtain texture in the background is stellar. It's such a nice touch to the overall structure of the series, and is a departure from the earlier more dark and dreary covers. The Kindly Ones almost feels celebratory by comparison. The interior takes parts from "The Doll's House" and "Brief Lives" in that it finalizes a story that was featured in each one. Gaiman really touches on classical literature, posing his story like a Greek tragedy, and untrained readers will most likely miss that altogether. More well read readers will denote the same structure and lucidity here, but will most likely not care where the inspiration is coming from as traditional Greek mythos doesn't have sequential artwork to accompany the long strands of prose.
Check out The Sandman Volume 9: The Kindly Ones via trade paperback now, and if you're down for a classic Greek tragedy also check out The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides, but beware, it's not graphically illustrated whatsoever.