The Sandman Universe: Thessaly #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Maria Llovet Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: August 2, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 6
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8.6User Rating

The immortal witch Thessaly is no stranger to dead ends. But she’s won the hearts of gods and beings more powerful than gods, and persistence has always been her strong suit. Following her scheming machinations in Nightmare Country and Dead Boy Detectives, Thessaly is more determined than ever to suss out the seemingly impenetrable mystery surrounding the death of Madison Flynn. To do that, she’s going to have to get close to the source material-close enough to magic herself into the job of screenwriter on Madison Flynn’s biopic. But she’s going to need a little help to keep the gig…perhaps from one of those Muses the King of Dreams more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steve J. Ray Aug 1, 2023

    The Sandman Universe: Thessaly Special #1 is virtually flawless. James Tyion has crafted a story that scares us by asking what it is that people really want, and the design, art, and lettering of the book are of outstanding quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 10, 2023

    On the whole, it's very sharp and very clever stuff. And powerful forces move around the story in ways that make for some fascinating dynamics. It is a carefully woven story with lots of moving parts that don't seem all that apparent until things wrap up toward the end of the issue. Honestly, it might be one of Tynion's best works in the past couple of years. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 1, 2023

    The Sandman Universe Special: Thessaly is a love letter to prose, screenwriting, and storytelling. It's also a pretty good story about a witch who has lived for centuries. This is a story about belonging, and yet Thessaly learns from a woman who belongs to no one and she is far worse off. Rich and narratively compelling, don't pass on this one! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 1, 2023

    Llovet delivers some beautiful art in the issue. The visuals are ethereal and brilliantly capture the tone and mood of the story and its characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 1, 2023

    Tynion also uses this issue to flesh out Thessaly's backstory in a unique waytelling it in story fragments each told through a different medium, starting with ancient texts and building towards a modern e-mail. There's a great sense of ambiguity through this issue, with Tommi never feeling in control so much as just parlaying with something much older and more powerful than any human could comprehend. It leaves us with more questions than answers, as it should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jamie Lovett Aug 2, 2023

    The Sandman Universe Special: Thessaly #1 is an issue that holds up perfectly well by itself, yet by the end, the full consequences of Thessaly's transaction with Tommi remain uncertain, and that's a story readers will likely have a great desire to follow. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 3, 2023

    If you haven't been reading the Sandman Universe titles, this one lacks some background and context, but it's got lovely art and some well-crafted characters, as well as a terrifying Thessaly. Read Full Review

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