The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Lisandro Estherren, Yanick Paquette Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: April 13, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 16
8.7Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Sometimes, nightmares walk the Earth. Every night when you sleep, the Lord of Dreams chooses the path you'll follow...into a sylvan Elysium, or down the hallways of your darkest fears. And sometimes, if it is Dream's will, those nightmares escape those halls, and go out into the world. But it is not a choice he makes lightly. Today the Corinthian walks the Earth again. The most feared of all Dream's nightmares, his ravenous mouths have made him a legend among serial killers. Letting the Corinthian out among mortals is the most dangerous thing Dream could possibly do. But he has no choice-because there is another nightmare walking the Earth, o more

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Apr 14, 2022

    ‘The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country' #1 is a blend of both beautifully prosaic language and equally disturbing imagery as James Tynion IV captures the appropriate tone and cadence of Neil Gaiman's much beloved dark corner of the DCU. A promising start to the latest visit to the Dreaming and all its deadly charms. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steve J. Ray Apr 12, 2022

    I cannot wait for issue #2! This series has had an amazing start and has already 100% pulled me into the story. Are the two Misters at the end of the book kin to The Corinthian or, even worse, just sick evil human beings the real monsters. Are they also a loving tribute to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere characters, Messrs Croup and Vandemar? Either way, both the human and Nightmare characters have grabbed my attention and left me wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jamie Lovett Apr 13, 2022

    The issue dances beautifully on the border between the waking world and the Dreaming, with stunningly emotive visual storytelling that resonates with haunting clarity. It's one nightmare from which you won't want to wake. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 13, 2022

    If you are a fan of The Sandman, Nightmare Country is a dream come true. It has its own voice and look, while still seeming a natural continuation of Neil Gaiman's saga. Newcomers to the series and horror fans will love it as much as the old guard. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 12, 2022

    It's easily the best launch out of this universe since The Dreaming, and it's not a surprise he was not walking away from this opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 12, 2022

    Delpeche and Paquette deliver some great visuals throughout the issue. The art has a fantastic sense of mood and tone that draws in the reader with great visual flair and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 19, 2022

    Not a bad opening issue, but also not the greatest either as it kind of relies on readers already having some familiarity with The Sandman Universe. So not a great jumping-on point. The story throws you straight in by introducing us to Madison first. She is pretty much your typical young woman that is still dealing with a certain amount of PTSD from having been bullied mercilessly as a kid in school. She is very much a character that most readers will instantly relate to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 12, 2022

    The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country is delectably weird and haunting. It will stick with you, for better or worse if you value your sleep! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Apr 12, 2022

    James Tynion brings his unique brand of horror to the Sandman Universe with Nightmare Country #1, a gruesome and unique read that is sure to please both classic Sandman fans and complete newcomers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Apr 12, 2022

    Overall, The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #1 looks like it is going to be a blast. James Tynion IV has left his mark on nearly everything hes worked on and I expect no different here. Plus, there are some stellar artists working on the series, including the always fantastic Simon Bowland, who has lettered several The Sandman Universe titles previously. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 18, 2022

    It's darker and bloodier than I expected and even with the lovely art, it won't be to everyone's tastes, but it gets a lot onto the page and serves as a strong first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Apr 15, 2022

    Despite being a continuation of what is considered to be one of the greatest comics of all time, Nighmare Country #1 is a middling start to this dreamscape horror yarn. As mentioned several times, its saving grace is the art of Lisandro Estherren and Patricio Delpeche whose hazy line and colors blur the lines between sleep and waking, fear and nightmare. This series might be one to check out in the inevitable trade paperback edition instead of on a monthly basis for now with an uninteresting protagonist and a baddie that is all flash and no substance for now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Apr 12, 2022

    Overall, Nightmare County is a solid horror entry into The Sandman Universe. The only major problem with the issue is how messy or chaotic it is. The story and art sometimes felt out of place or more confusing, especially with out-of-place side narratives over-explaining things. It took me a few reads to understand what was happening and why. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Apr 12, 2022

    A chillingly dark tale that chills you to the bone, it is bit slow to start but does pick up in pace. The illustrations are dark and doesn't leave alot untold, I am looking forward to see how the arc unfolds in the hope that it does gather pace. Read Full Review

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