Dream Hunters (The Sandman)

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So he took versions of the old Japanese story from the likes of Reverend B. W. Ashton and Y. T. Ozaki and pulled in some of the familiar Sandman components like Dream’s raven and a brief cameo from a pair of famous Biblical brothers. Sandman: The Dream Hunters ended up as a prose story retelling of that foreign tale, with the great artist Yoshitaka Amano (who you may know from such character designs as Gatchaman anime and the Final Fantasy video game series) providing sumptuously painted illustrations. Meanwhile, in a house in Kyoto, a rich onmyōji is consumed by a nameless fear, and consults three women living at the edge of town. They give him instructions to alleviate this fear; the result is that the aforementioned monk will become trapped inside a dream, and his body will sleep continuously until it dies. You may be aware of who is Neil Gaiman, the renowed British writer that got fame precisely with The Sandman comic book series, but also he has written several prose novels like American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, just to mention some of the most popular ones. It's a tale from the Realm of Dreams, which took place in ancient Japan, a monk who lived in a small temple must face the tests of seduction, deadly spells, and the threat of death. A green-eyed fox wanted to help him through the crisis, but things are complicated when spells and the Realm of Dreams are involved. The Dreaming • House of Whispers • Lucifer • Books of Magic • John Constantine: Hellblazer • The Dreaming: Waking Hours • Hell & Gone • Nightmare Country

Finchè, arrivati vicini al ventennale di Sandman, mentre lavoravano sull'adattamento a fumetto di Coraline, Russell torna alla carica. E questa volta ci riesce, ottenendo di disegnare il fumetto del racconto in prosa del decennale.The story is set in feudal Japan, where a kitsune, as part of a bet to draw a young monk from his temple, shapeshifts into a beautiful young woman. She eventually falls in love with him. When she learns that there is a plot by a Kyoto onmyōji to trap the monk in a dream, she sets out to save him and appeals to the Dream King. The monk, in turn, sets out to save her. Along the way, various other Sandman characters appear in minor roles.

Thus, just like with Orpheus, and just like with Dream himself in the full series, the protagonist must go on a journey to save someone he cares about. Orpheus goes to the Underworld to rescue Eurydice. Dream goes to Hell to free Nada. (And takes a road trip with Delirium to find his brother, and maybe reunite a former lover of his. And leaves the safety of his realm to visit Nuala, when she needs him.) The young monk in The Dream Hunters? He goes to the land of the King of Dreams to resurrect the fox, who has become trapped in the dream world so the monk could continue to live. The King of All Night's Dreaming tells him what the fox had done, and that if he rescues her, her efforts will have been in vain. The monk insists and is allowed to meet the fox, who is now trapped inside a mirror. He frees her against her wishes, and the King of All Night's Dreaming allows them time for farewells. The monk then takes the fox's place, giving her the advice, "Seek not revenge, but the Buddha." The fox informs Morpheus of this advice, then tells him she will seek the Buddha after seeking revenge. She awakens and stays with the monk until he dies the next day. I read all the volumes of The Sandman and loved it but this is a spinoff work, published in 2009, a fable of a monk and a fox set in “old Japan,” that has the feel of something Gaiman adapted from a centuries old myth, but in fact was invented whole cloth all by his lonesome. And Japan is a good place for a story of this mythological complexity, because it is a country and culture steeped in mythologies and monsters, in a belief in yokai.

In this one--which was published by DC/Vertigo but is a prose novella and beautifully illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano--we encounter a humble monk and a fox spiritess. There is love, and revenge. I shan't say anymore. And after rereading The Dream Hunters again recently, after reading everything else Sandman, how foolish of me not to see that the prose story is quintessential Gaiman. Like the best of the Sandman single issues or story arcs, it holds the essence of the entire saga in miniature form.

Sandman: The Dream Hunters was released by DC Comics under its Vertigo imprint as a four-issue monthly miniseries from November 2008 to February 2009, featuring cover art by Yuko Shimizu, Mike Mignola, Paul Pope and Joe Kubert. Interspecies Romance: The kitsune heroine falls in love with a human man. Fox Morpheus cautions her that these things don't end well. Apparently Russell himself believed Dream Hunters wasn't an original story but rather a Sandman re-writing of a classic Japanese parable. But, in reality this story was created purely from Gaiman's imagination. I feel like there is a strong connection to Aesop's parables and even Jim Henson's The Storyteller (but don't quote me on that one). Morpheus, Lord of the Dreams, will have to intervene in this tragedy since their actions put them right in Morpheus’ realm. With cool cameos of Cain and Abel, and one of Morpheus’ ravens, but the real identity of this particular raven isn’t clear, definitely isn’t Matthew or Lucien, but due a clue in the narrative and the time period of the story, I supposed that it must be Aristeas.If you’re a Sandman fan, this is worth reading as a chance to get to see Dream again. And even if you’re not, it’s a great little fairytale and one I’d definitely recommend! In the realm of dreams, the King of All Night's Dreaming and the raven ponder the events and their significance; The King of All Night's Dreaming is satisfied that events played out as they should have and that everyone involved learned an important lesson, particularly the monk. The narration ends implying that monk and the fox might have ended up together, but remains inconclusive.

This is an illustrated novella, written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Yoshitaka Amano. It takes place in the universe of The Sandman series, but I think that it can be very easily read from someone who has no idea about the series. And, yes, I read the Afterword before reading the original book, because I’m one of those people who tend to read about things before they read the things themselves. I’ll read author’s notes and commentaries before I’ll read the actual text, more often than not. I’ve never been one to heed spoiler warnings. The raven confronts the lord of the Dreaming about this, as the story comes to a close. “What good did it do?” the raven asked. But the pale king chose not to answer and remained wrapped in silence,” writes Gaiman. “…and after some time the raven flapped heavily away into the sky of dreams, and left the king entirely alone.”You put together those two talents and you only can get without a question, a truly dreamy masterpiece! Gaiman's afterword states that it was based on an old Japanese folk tale, drawn from Y. T. Ozaki's Old Japanese Fairy Tales and retooled to fit in the world of The Sandman, but no such tale is to be found in Ozaki's work. Gaiman has since stated when asked that the story was entirely of his own devising, most recently in the foreword to The Sandman: Endless Nights. [1] Plot [ edit ]

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