The following Endless Nights review was in the 3 November Lincolnshire Echo:
Death is a mysterious woman dressed as a 1980s goth and Destruction is a beefy man with a ginger ponytail. The Sandman comics book series by Neil Gaiman features seven main characters, each embodying and named after an abstract concept – Death, Desire, Dream, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.
Each gets their own stand-alone short story in the latest Sandman book Endless Nights.
Some of the stories are more accessible to the casual reader than others, although a common thread of philosophical whimsy runs throughout.
Death’s tale is of a man who finds an island where one day is played over and over again, Groundhog Day-style.
Death herself comes along and finally puts an end the endless repetition. The story of Despair is a series of 15 painted abstract pictures with clever and appropriately depressing stories printed alongside.
The artwork is stunning throughout and features some of the most highly acclaimed talents in the comics industry – Glenn Fabry (Preacher, Slaine), Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin) and Frank Quitely (New X-Men, Missionary Man).
To the uninitiated Endless Nights can seem confusing but Gaiman’s storytelling has a peasant fairytale quality, even when it doesn’t make too much sense, which sweeps the reader along through page after page of beautiful artwork.
Endless Nights is a sometimes bewildering but often entertaining and frequently thought-provoking read.