The Sandman Universe #1

Writer: Si Spurrier, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Dan Watters Artist: Bilquis Evely, Dominike 'Domo' Stanton, Tom Fowler, Max Fiumara, Sebastian Fiumara Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: August 8, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 21
8.7Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we've ever seen before.
A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien's library is discovered by a group of children in the waking world where it should not exist. Lucien calls for Matthew the Raven to seek out their master, Daniel, Lord of Dreams.
As Matthew flies across the Waking World and others, he finds a young boy named Timothy Hunter who, in his dreams, has become more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 8, 2018

    It is a bit hard to judge each individual book based on the previews contained within this volume. Despite the different art-styles in play, the whole host of stories gel together beautifully. In this respect, they are a perfect encapsulation of the spirit of the original Sandmanseries, which also united many different stories and art styles into one glorious whole.Further analysis will have to wait until the new series reveal themselves but, based on what we see here, the newSandman Universe is a dream come true. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Christina Hamlet Aug 27, 2018

    : Each of the four books stemming from this one look well-worth picking up. I spent my formative years in the Dreaming, and this issue felt very much like a return home but at the same time a brand-new journey. Whether you are a returning fan or a brand new reader, this issue heralds a brave new world ready for exploration. Enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Aug 9, 2018

    There is a sense that releasing The Sandman Universe #1 as its opening act is a cue to readers that Vertigo is committed to a rejuvenated concept that respects what came before, but digs deep to grow something new. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 9, 2018

    But for those that don't mind DC octuple-dipping or those that can content themselves with a single cover, the book itself is great. All the favourite characters back with Neil Gaiman himself overseeing the line. Each title is bursting with potential and the each story is given a running start here. If you can't or don't want to get the entire line, this issue also serves as a great tool for you to decide which titles you want to get. But don't count on it being an easy decision, because they all look great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Aaron Kessel Aug 9, 2018

    Sandman Universe is the introductory one-shot to the reborn Vertigo universe. Featuring classic and new characters, the comic serves as a phenomenal story to new and old readers and sets up the new adventures in a most exciting way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 18, 2018

    The Sandman Universe is a welcome return to this world. It's an impressive collaborative effort and a fantastic way to introduce a number of new series. I'm more excited about this continuation than most of the relaunches and reboots that have popped up in recent years. It accomplished this with a single, solid issue that weaved through each area calmly and efficiently. At the bottom line, it's just great storytelling. That sums up Sandman as a whole and it certainly applies here too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Aug 8, 2018

    The Sandman Universe #1 is an incredible return to form for one of comic's most celebrated characters. All 4 of these Universe books are now set up nice and pretty on my pull list and I expect they'll find a spot on every fan of Gaiman's original run. Absolutely in love with this book along the lines of Johns' Rebirth just a few years ago. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Aug 8, 2018

    This is a series that deserves to be discovered with fresh eyes and for fellow fans of the series, it will very much feel like a homecoming. For those uninitiated, 1) please read Sandman. It still holds up and 2) while some of the references and characters may be lost on you, the emotional resonance and eye candy on each page should be enough to convince you of one. This issue has assuaged any apprehension I had. This is the start of something truly spectacular. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Aug 8, 2018

    "The Sandman Universe #1 " will be an overload of personality for some people. And yet there's more powerful, memorable ideas and images in these first issue than most titles contain in their entire runs. It's a series that will defy traditional description or reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Aug 9, 2018

    While some of the sections wowed me more than others, THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 is a nearly perfect reading experience that calls back to the original series in beautiful ways. This is an obvious creation of passion and wonder, and I cannot wait to see where the spin-offs take this series! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 8, 2018

    This is a fascinating, excellent start that shows off the talent involved in this universe. I cannot wait to see the new books debut next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 8, 2018

    The fact that there are so many different stories that are being crafted for this new universe is a daunting task. One that this issue does a great job of setting up for potential readers. All of the interludes in this issue are intriguing. I want to explore each one and see what makes them stand out individually and how they work in the larger story. This is a really good story and does what it is supposed to. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 8, 2018

    Sandman fans, rejoice! The Lord of Dreams has returned...well, kind of...The Sandman Universe (2018-) #1 is a well-crafted introduction that works to conjure interest while simultaneously setting the stage for four new series set in the Sandman Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Aug 11, 2018

    Vertigo has offered us some of most critically acclaimed series of all time, including Sandman, Y - The Last Man, Preacher, Fables, Daytripper" It's nice to see DC Comics giving it some love again and trying to revitalise the brand. All of the four series' teased in this issue look promising I look forward to their releases. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 8, 2018

    A lavishly-produced, intriguing issue that will be meaningless to folks that are new to Sandman and its trappings. Those who have read the series will love this issue, it's like going home to visit your spooky, monstrous relatives. Visually, this thing is a stunner, and well worth the cover price--again, if you are already familiar with the characters and settings. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 8, 2018

    Only time will tell if they can channel the dark cult classic energy of the original series across a whole line of titles, but for now, The Sandman Universe #1 is a gothic delight for dreamers, both old and new. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 10, 2018

    But it's great to see this mythology back in action again! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Aug 15, 2018

    As great as the issue is, it leaves only small cracks for new readers looking to jump into certain titles. Being built as a primer for the new books while also being complete fanservice for readers long since invested in the Sandman Universe, makes this a bit harder to break into than the typical DC comic. The hardest nut to crack, The Dreaming, is the culmination of thirty years of Sandman continuity, giving new readers a run for their money. The Sandman Universe #1 weaves a tapestry of tales kicking off this brand-new imprint, as readers finally return back to Neil Gaimans masterpiece one more time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Aug 8, 2018

    The Sandman Universe #1 is a wonderful beginning to what hopes to be a long run of new stories with the characters of this beloved story. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 11, 2018

    With carefully crafted artwork, writing that is both intelligent and down to Earth, and stories that have a distinct feel yet are connected through the wonderful device that is the Dreaming,The Sandman Universe#1 is a fantastic return of comics' greatest creations as its creator, Neil Gaiman, hands off the torch to other skilled creators just like Morpheus did to Daniel over two decades in the first volume ofSandman. It's a wonderful blurring of lines between reality and fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Aug 8, 2018

    If you loved Sandman back in the day, you probably already have this. If you are curious about what the Vertigo phenomena was in the '90s then this is a great primer. Either way, it's great to have new classic Vertigo in comic shops and this one-shot will get you excited to see where these new titles are going to go. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GearWERKZ - Agasicles Stamas Aug 10, 2018

    Overall, this is one of those books that I mark down as being something that I am really happy that I read, as a matter of reading one of the industry's seminal works. It may not offer the things that every comic book reader needs, but there is no denying its mastery of the art form. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 8, 2018

    An interesting first issue with a lot to chew on as we await answers (hopefully) with issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 8, 2018

    The Sandman Universe #1 offers a jumbled but engrossing start to this new DC imprint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Aug 10, 2018

    This particular kind of Special Issue has several objectives. To remind us of what was great in the previous tomes, to prepare us for additional sections of that storyline, to excite us with the new elements that will comprise it, and to introduce us to the folks who'll be shepherding us. The Sandman Universe #1 accomplishes all of that. The realm of Dream is reawakened, the braziers brightly lit once more, and the library ready for new patrons. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    On Comics Ground - Nick Campan Aug 10, 2018

    As this is the first issue, and it was really showcasing four books, I'm going to remain optimistic that each of these four books will eventually come into their own. I'd still buy each of them when they come out. I just wasn't as wowed as I have been by other debuts. That isn't to say that this isn't a must-have for any true Sandman fan. It definitely does right by the source material. I recommend it to any fans of the original run Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Ray Hancock Aug 8, 2018

    I'm very interested to see what becomes of the Sandman Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Matt Johnson Aug 8, 2018

    Look, Sandman Universe is a lot like a sampler platter that shows you what's to come from the newly revived Vertigo line. It's got some good stuff and some okay stuff but no downright bad stuff. It also suffers because it's not actually written by Neil Gaiman. I wanted to love it and feel like Vertigo was about to make a strong comeback but instead I feel more like Vertigo is being roused from a long nap. I'm still not sure we really need this but I'm going to give all the new series their day in court. It's very possible this new line could be the next generation of reader's new favorite set of fantasy stories. Give it a look but don't expect the same joy you had from the first series. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Aug 9, 2018

    The artwork presented is scrumptious, the introductions to the four new series tantalizing, and the characters feel alive in all the right ways. Sandman Universe #1 is only held back by a nebulous sense of disconnect between what should be and what is on the page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 11, 2018

    I'm still going to give the new series a try. I'm perpetually starved for the type of story that The Sandman was: intelligent, emotional, deep, mythological, literary, and just plain engaging. I know none of these new Sandman Universe tales can live up to the original. I can only hope they make a valiant attempt. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 23, 2018

    If Gaiman was actually writing any of these they would be auto buys, but with his limited oversight level of participation, seeing the samples presented here, the only one I feel strongly compelled to try is The Dreaming. House of Whispers is a "wait for the trade". Lucifer & Books of Magic are "if I see them in bargain bins". Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Aug 8, 2018

    Simply existing as a Sandman book isn't enough to make this comic either a sales success or a "good" comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 8, 2018

    In any case, if you're into Sandman already, youll probably get a kick out of the characters and references within this comic. Otherwise, Id just wait and try out the individual titles themselves. Read Full Review

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