The Sandman Special #1
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The Sandman Special #1

Writer: Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando Artist: Jon Bogdanove, Rick Leonardi Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 16, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Don't miss two new tales starring Jack Kirby's costumed Master of Nightmares from the 1970s. Sandman, Brute and Glob battle an onslaught of dreams so powerful that they are invading the dreams of other people! Then, a grown-up Jed Walker returns to his childhood home, only to find himself haunted by dreams from the past. This issue also includes "Strange Tales from the D.N.A. Project" from SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #142-144, 146 and 148, written and pencilled by Jack Kirby and "Turn on the Heat," starring the Newsboy Legion, from STAR SPANGLED COMICS #27, written and illustrated by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Aug 16, 2017

    This issue celebrates Jack Kirby in multiple ways and is a true joy to read! If you're not a fan of The King, perhaps this will get you interested in learning more about his work! If you are, well, sit back and enjoy a book that honors, celebrates and pays homage to one of the greatest comic book creators of all time! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Aug 19, 2017

    Beyond being a great homage to the character himself, this comic was by and large a love letter to Jack Kirby himself. Both stories featured a character that resembled the man, and celebrated his intelligence and unmatched creativity. Jurgens and Orlando both capture the bizarre and other-worldly atmosphere of Kirby's Sandman, but the art by John Bogdanove and Rick Leonardi really make the issue sing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 20, 2017

    Oddly, the back-up stories, the Kirby reprints, are not of Sandman. Instead, this book reprints the Tales of the DNA Project shorts which ran in the pages of Supermans Pal, Jimmy Olsen. The DNA Project would, in later continuity, be known as Cadmus. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Daniel Levine Aug 16, 2017

    Steve Orlando and Dan Jeurgens provide two tributes to Jack Kirby that fans of the King will love, while new readers will enjoy meeting a lesser-known hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 20, 2017

    Overall, this comic was another good entry in DC's Jack Kirby celebration and is well worth your time. It's weird, fun, and very heartfelt. It's good seeing comic creators pay tribute to the legendary King of Comics. Give this one a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 20, 2017

    It's nice to see the character back in action, and I'm always happy to see the King's memory honored. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 16, 2017

    What initially drew me to The Sandman Special was Jon Bogdanove's uncanny ability to make his art look like Jack Kirby's while using modern techniques like photo collages to show the surrealness of the young boy's dream world. I wish DC Comics put him on more projects. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Oliver Roth Aug 15, 2017

    Like other specials, the story is light and breezy and moves at quite a quick pace, but the issue does not suffer for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Aug 20, 2017

    Okay, fair enough, the greatest tribute one could pay to Jack Kirby would probably be to create new and innovative characters and concepts that actually push the medium forward, but if you're bound and determined to play the "nostalgia card," you could do it a whole lot worse than it's done in these pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 16, 2017

    Fans of Sandman, here's the plan: head to the comic shop and respect the man; that's Jack "King" Kirby, uh, he wasn't a, drove real swervy...okay, that was a big fail. But this comic isn't, for established fans of the character. Folks looking to get familiar for the first time should probably check the archives. A lack of Sandman content at the back knocked my score down a bit, but it's still a good bang for your [five] bucks. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Aug 16, 2017

    Overall, I think your mileage will vary with The Sandman Oversize Special. Both stories, the first in particular, are visually stunning bits of absurdist art that fully capture the fun and exciting tone of Silver Age comics. That said, this comic does very little hand-holding and offers no explanation for itself to new readers, which I imagine will baffle many" even I found myself having to Google things in order to educate myself on who certain characters were and what certain plot points referred to. I'd say that you should peruse the first bit of this story and see how it grabs you before adding it to your shelf. Read Full Review

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