Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Sandman

In the world of comics, there are a few series which are legendary. “The Watchmen” was one of these, another is “The Sandman." Written by Neil Gaiman, “The Sandman" is now being developed into a TV series. After the movie adaptation of “The Watchmen”, I guess it was only a matter of time.

"The Sandman" tells the life and death of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams. A godlike being who rules the dreams of all beings, he along with his siblings Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium, are the Endless. They are powerful beings that represent mythological forces of nature.

The series almost single-handedly establish the Vertigo imprint and won so many awards I won’t even bother to write them all here. It was a great series. So why am I less than happy with the news?

The main thing is that “The Sandman” was an intellectual book that I’m afraid will not transfer well to the screen. It’s not an action series; there are almost no fights in the series. It’s not a comedy series; it’s ultimately a tragedy. Good do not triumph over evil; every character in the series has shades of grey.

Put them together and even as a fan; I worry.

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