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The basic idea of the body having multiple souls, and a "monster" being the result of one of them remaining in the body after death, was one I borrowed from the Chinese legends of the Jiang Shi (the "Undead," sometimes known in the West as "hopping vampires), but expanding that idea to account for all manner of western monster types was original to iZombie.


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Yes. Alan Moore has stated that in an interview: Steve Bissette and John Totleben, the artists drawing the Swamp Thing (that Alan Moore was writing at the time) sent him notes, expressing a desire to draw a character looking like Sting. So he created the character John Constantine: But I can state categorically that the character only existed because ...


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Originally, Sandman was conceived very much as part of that world. (Gaiman had originally intended to revive the 30s pulp character with the gas mask - who of course makes a brief cameo in book one of Sandman, and whose revival later happened as Sandman Mystery Theatre.) It was Karen Berger's suggestion that he create a completely new character. So as ...


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No. If you start with "Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes" and read in order to "Volume 10: The Wake", The Sandman is a complete and self-contained story. A few additional notes: The Sandman was originally published as a monthly comic. It consists of "mini-arcs" spanning several monthly episodes; and "standalone" comics, where a single episode tells a ...


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To the best of my knowledge, it is never explained in any in universe material, although some have suggested the trauma of a broken engagement, based on the fact that Delirium mentioned in "Fables and Reflections" that she was engaged once, and Destruction speculates in "Endless Nights" that someone may have broken her heart. There is very little evidence ...


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In her own words: When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I’ll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave. ("Façade," collected in The Sandman: Dream Country) So it does not seem that her dying at all is something she considers possible. Of course this might be a misconception. ...


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"Does it mean that Death of the Endless is supposed to carry a Scythe, or was just some sort of joke on Death's part." What about dying single-celled life-forms that would not even be able to recognize a scythe? I know you want canon answers only, but if you've read Sandman you know she's not merely the Dante version or the Egyptian version or the Greek ...


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V's secret hideout is an abandoned Victoria Station. This is confirmed in the film canon by the shooting script (referring to the location as "Interior : Victoria Station") as well as the quote; V : This is the old Victoria line but it is blocked, blocked somewhere between Whitehall and St. James. and Suddenly, Finch stops. Carefully, as if ...


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Here is the quote from the Sandman Companion. The following quote can be found on pages 181 - 182. Neil Gaiman: Next is "The Golden Boy," my Horatio Alger story, of which I'm very fond. Hy Bender: You're referring to your take on the hippie-type DC character from the early 1970s named Prez who, thanks to his moral character and diligence with clocks, ...


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In "The Annotated Sandman" Gaiman is quoted on the subject (I found a reference including the text here) as saying "The production error on that was the funniest thing about it. I wrote it as the Bizarros, because I thought nobody would mind, what with them being out of continuity; they vanished off in CRISIS, so I thought nobody would mind ...


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First, let's examine some word meanings. Nemesis: the inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall. Also, Nemesis is a goddess: a spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris, defined specifically as arrogance before the gods. Cluracan, notably in his behavior in the palace of Morpheus, and his intention (to remove his sister ...


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Desire gets what it wants. What Desire wants that is most relevant to Dream's story is to take his/her/its stuffy older brother down a peg or three. By necessity that makes it a villain, or at minimum, an antagonist. (by default, my brain makes Desire a her, but I will try to stick to the neutral pronoun) The earliest (in-universe chronological) ...


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No The tv series is VERY losely based on the comic series - in fact only the general idea (Lucifer quitting hell) names and certain traits of main characters (Mazikeen has half of her face burned... which you can see for about 10s over 20+ episodes) are taken from the comic book. Instead you have a buddy cop series which is quite enjoyable, if you can ...


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Death, being the incarnation of that state, is dead. She enters the realm of Death at will, and when she incarnates as mortal every century, she regains her own personification by dying. As Lovecraft and Martin have said in their own special ways, you cannot die when you are already dead. Death is unique, even among the Endless, for she occupies a ...


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Unlike the other aspects of the Endless, Death is omnipresent. When she speaks to Element Girl at the end of Dream Country she is simultaneously present in at least four other locations, ferrying others to the land of the dead. The witch Thessalay has said that Death, alone of the Endless, is not bound by rules. Given this, it's entirely possible that her ...


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From Wikipedia: The only hint to the manner of the first Despair's death is given by Daniel in his conversation with Lyta Hall during The Wake: "The person who was responsible for the death of the first Despair will take the rest of eternity to die. Only then will his pain cease... And he had better cause for what he did than you."


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Given the nature of the Sandman comics it could be interpreted in two ways, both can be equally valid. The First Perspective Given the nature of the Sandman comics, we are often spoken to by characters in the series through the Fourth Wall; where beings such as Lucifer or the Presence speak to the readers as well as the characters in the story. These ...


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Neil Gaiman addressed this issue in The Sandman Companion. Briefly: Fans have noted Death would have been there for Roderick Burgess when he died, so she positively knew where Dream was. But the Endless are not a superteam who rescue each other when they get in trouble. The other Endless would not necessarily have wanted to free Dream; and given his ...


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He saw a human girl. By the time Vassily finally meets the Duke's Daughter (Natasha?) he's had an amazing adventure. He's tasted human blood for the first time, hunted a wild stag and met a woman of the People, his future wife. When he finally meets Natasha, his immediate reaction is that she is... "Beautiful indeed, and pale, and fragile". The ...


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Edit: Was a blind alley This appears to be a vector graphics work by deviantart member A-Scream: http://a-scream.deviantart.com/art/Sandman-Vector-463110397 "One of my first works in Adobe Illustrator." Being vectorart, it remains crisp when rescaled and therefore suitable for a variety of publishing formats, including desktop backgrounds. But it is ...


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You can jump right into Fairest with #1! Fables #107 reminded readers where Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and the Snow Queen have been all this time, but if you know they've been kidnapped by goblins while under the sleeping spell, you've got all the knowledge you need. Trust me, I tested non-Fables-reading peers on this! Then, as you fall in love with ...


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Mike Carey has answered this question on his Twitter, if you accept that as a valid source: @aterial_dawn Ie the minds of sentient beings across the universe. We make our gods for ourselves, in our own image. — M. R. Carey (@michaelcarey191) December 10, 2015 He also responded to this question again on January 6, 2016 saying: "I had in mind ...


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Boss Smiley represented the corrupt side of politics--hence the title "boss"--attempting to influence good, honest politicians like the titular character of DC's bizarre "Prez: the First Teen President". His face was a smiley-face in reference to the public face such politicians like Prez Rickard, a teenager who was elected president, for some reason. In-...


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Delirium is most easily interpreted as an abuse victim. Both Dream and Delirium appear to be built on a template from Freudian psychology. There's a Gaiman-sanctioned but unpublished story by Karawynn Long which points in the direction of Delirium having been mistreated. As Christi mentions, there's also hints in the canon that it was a broken love affair (...


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In Hellblazer #66 (Fear and Loathing, part 3), after his heart is taken and Gabriel is cast out of Heaven, he wanders the streets of London, homeless. He doesn't appear again until, in Hellblazer #79 (Rake at the Gates of Hell, part 2), Constantine retrieves the heart and uses it to locate him. Gabriel says, All I do is wander. [..] Where once I strode ...


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I believe it is not stated explicitly anywhere. My theory is that when Dream said I will give you what it is in my power to give you Lady Johanna accepted this as a general favor owed by a very powerful being, but ended up not using the favor while she lived. When she turns over Orpheus to the priests in charge of guarding him, she seems keen to see him ...


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I don't think that it's so much of what a Hellblazer is, but who. From the Hellblazer entry you linked: Hellblazer (also known as John Constantine, Hellblazer) And the John Constantine entry Also known as the Hellblazer, Constantine is a working-class magician, occult detective, and con man stationed in London. He is known for his endless cynicism, ...


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Lucifer starts after the Sandman story. So if you want to make sure to get the whole story, you'll need to read The Sandman, especially the Season of Mist (The Sandman #21-28). He appears briefly on other occasions, but those are not necessary. (I can't check it right now, but he appears at the end of Preludes & Nocturnes, and in Brief Lives too) Then ...


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It's Death herself. Here's the full panel: Click for full resolution As a part of her duties, once a century Death has to take a mortal form and live a day among living things. I interpreted Didi as a temporary Avatar for Death. In the same way as spoilers from the ending of The Sandman series! Didi became Death. But also remained Didi. She is both ...


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The Corinthian tries to stab Morpheus near the end of issue 14 of The Sandman ("Collectors", from the "A Game of You" storyline). This does nothing to Morpheus and ends badly for the Corinthian.


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