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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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In-universe, Delirium is most easily interpreted as an abuse victim. But both Dream and Delirium appear to be built on a template from Freudian psychology, which out-of-universe helps explain Delirium's change. There's a Gaiman-sanctioned but unpublished story by Karawynn Long which points in the direction of Delirium having been mistreated. As Christi ...


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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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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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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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Attaching a photo of an ad at the end of Transmet: I hate it here (2000), p-49


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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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The gods are made from human dreams. In the "Dream of the Thousand Cats" story in the Sandman, Dream of the Endless explains that dreams are able to change the universe In a similar manner, various gods are made from human dreams and wishes, powered by the prayers - where those disappear, gods lose their power, like the goddess Ishtar who is a stripper and ...


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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 the ...


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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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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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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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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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Death knew, at least. When they meet up in The Sound of Her Wings, Dream brings up that the ritual was intended for her, and she replies "I know." Nothing else is really said about it. We're not certain if the other Endless knew about it while he was imprisoned. Certainly they would have known if they tried to contact him. As for help... well, the ...


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The answer seems to be negative. In my opinion, those lines are there to paint us a picture of Delirium - a chaotic, unpredictable, and truly (wait for it) mad person[ification]. What she does is sometimes out of proportion, sometimes lacks causality, and is almost always not what you'd expect from a sane person. But to answer your actual question, those ...


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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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As Todd Wilcox notes, it is an oracle's job to know things others don't know. In ancient Greece (as the myths tell) it was common to consult an oracle on occasions when it was crucial to make the right decision. Why only Orpheus? When Destiny suggests they seek an oracle, Morpheus tells him there is no oracle capable of "seeing" their family, thus stating ...


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In the Episode A Good day to Die, we get our first true glimpse of what Hell is like for the dammed. They relive the sin(s) that put them there for all eternity. In the episode you're talking about, Off the Record, we learn that Major Spoiler Ahead. I will tag it appropriately, but if you have not seen the episode and don't want it ruined, don't look! ...


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This appears to be a (DC) reference to Jason Blood. Jason Blood is a world leading expert on the occult and demonology. He has walked the Earth since the 6th Century, after the wizard Merlin bound the increasingly uncontrollable threat of Etrigan The Demon to his mortal soul. We met his host (the demon Etrigan) a few issues earlier in Sandman: Master of ...


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Since Neil Gaiman created the character and explains the "magic" in the DC Universe, I would say yes, it adds immense value. The John Boltan (and others) art is also a nice addition. I would also read the 4-issue mini-series The Trenchcoat Brigade at some point as it revisits the original mini-series. It's not as important when you read the 2nd mini, though, ...


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