The Sandman (Volume 1) Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

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“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?”

— Neil Gaiman, The Sandman (Volume 1) Preludes & Nocturnes

    This definitely showcases the broadness of Neil Gaiman’s imagination. It’s boundless, colourful, enigmatic and complex. It’s simply impossible to reproduce, and infinitely beautiful. I do want to be that guy who raves and raves about this first volume of The Sandman, but then I wouldn’t be honest with myself. Preludes & Nocturnes introduces readers to Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, and transports us on an intimate journey alongside this mythical and mysterious being as he explores worlds like none other. The story is ignites when an occultist attempts an uncalled-for ceremony in the dishonest and mischievous intention of capturing Death, and then to bargain for eternal life. It is by accidentally capturing Death’s younger brother Dream that things go haywire and leaves Dream imprisoned for over 70 years. Being captured and stripped of his powers for countless decades, you can only imagine what his desire for revenge drives him to do as soon as he finds himself free of his predicament. Driven to recover his precious belongings that behold his powers, The Sandman (Volume 1) Preludes & Nocturnes brings fans to explore dream lands and hellish landscapes in all of its glory.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume 1) by Alan Moore

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“If I work with the British, it is because I no longer feel even Indian. The sea, now is my only nation.”

— Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume 1)

          It’s been a while we haven’t heard from our good friend Alan Moore, huh? This time around, author of The Killing Joke, Watchmen, V for Vendetta and many more has a relatively short comic series for us. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, that is. With the help of artist Kevin O’Neill, Alan Moore reunites some famous literature characters to put them on a journey to save the world. Set in 1898, right in the middle of the Victorian Era, Mina Murray is given the task to recruit members for a menagerie for Campion Bond. This new group of British Intelligence, MI5, will then find themselves using their unique talents to protect the Empire from a supervillain that we all dread. Continue reading

Y: The Last Man (Volume 1) – Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan

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“It’s too late. It’s like this everywhere. My partner. My husband. All over the city. All over the world, maybe. It’s the men… All of the men are dead.”

– Brian K. Vaughan, Y: The Last Man (Volume 1) – Unmanned

                What happens when all men, except one, vanish from the face of Earth and women are left to survive? There’s nothing like a good clash in beliefs when you’re left to ponder the weight of men and women in the progress of society. Y: The Last Man is a comic series that first came out back in 2002 and is written by our beloved friend Brian K. Vaughan. The same Brian that is currently bringing us the outstanding series that go by the name of Saga. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, know that Saga is not his only hit comic series and that the man has done other brilliant renown series that brought new heights to comic book storytelling. Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina are among some of his first series that has brought the writer great fame. The former is the story of Yorick and his pet monkey as they brace themselves for the challenges that a world with nothing but women throw at him. In this volume, recollecting issues #1-5, society knows more problems than fortune from the disappearance of men. It presents readers the framework for a universe that is certain to entertain you while exploring themes that every person might wonder about in their most peaceful moments.

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Fables (Volume 2) – Animal Farm by Bill Willingam

“Does the mighty Sultan invite a PEASANT to share his table ? Run along, little panther.”

– The Tiger, Fables (Volume 2)

They said it was going to get better. They said I was up for a treat. They said it was going to be fun ride. Well, they sure were right. Bill Willingham channels his inner child and creates another volume filled with an amazing plot, intriguing characters and beautiful setting. As my girlfriend realized, this Fable series does an amazing job at putting fairytales and classic literature together. Two things that we absolutely adore. Fables (Volume 2) explores the two sisters relationship as they go on a trip to visit a farm that Colin’s should be calling home. As they arrive, they discover that they’ve arrived in the middle of something big. Something that is bound to change the landscape of Fabletown.

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Fables (Volume 1) – Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

“It took an invasion to unite us.”

– King Cole in Fables (Volume 1)

            Fables. Fables. Fables. You are the series that every fairytale fanatic was waiting for. Snow White? The Big Bad Wolf? Prince Charming? Beauty and the Beast? This comic series doesn’t fail in creating an exquisite world were fairytales clash with reality. Set in New York City, famous classic fairytale and folklore characters are forced to escape into a mundane world, our world. United by a war lead by The Adversary, their original stories are now history. Henceforth, they form a secret community that goes by the name of Fabletown. Fables (Volume 1), covering issues #1-5, focuses on a murder-mystery tale around Snow White’s sister, Red Rose. Discovering her apartment drowned in blood, Bigby Wolf (Big Bad Wolf who became Fabletown’s sheriff after turning over a new leaf) and Snow White (Director of Operations for Fabletown) try and uncover what really happened behind closed doors. Was Red Rose kidnapped? Killed? The task is in their hands to solve this case as the readers are plunged into a world filled with memorable characters.

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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

“Did you think to kill me? There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There’s only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.” – V in V for Vendetta

            In my books, there isn’t a more iconic quote than this. You come to realize that the strength of an idea surpasses the one of ten thousand men after going through this beautiful graphic novel. How do you kill an idea that travels faster than man? How do you kill an idea that you cannot hold in your hands? Ideas build the foundation of progress. Ideas help insure that we don’t repeat mistakes. Ideas are every humans sword and shield. The moment that an idea manages to create doubt to our reality and instigates rationality in a captured mind, a person becomes enlightened and sees new purposes, new beliefs. V for Vendetta was published through 1988 and 1989 and was written by Alan Moore along with illustrator David Lloyd. Not to mention additional art help by Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds. This story follows V, an unbelievably charismatic anarchist who seeks to overthrow the fascist government that rules a future United Kingdom’s. Wearing the famous Guy Fawkes mask, he also vows to seek vengeance upon his once-were captors and goes on to teach Evey Hammond, his protégé, a lesson to remember.

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