In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.
I've been in this huge graphic novel kick recently and have been trying all sorts of things. This week I've covered faerie tales, middle school antics, and now DC comics with mythology. So it has been a crazy time.
The volume opens with a man attempting to capture death for power but accidentally captures Dream instead. Dream is held captive for 70 years and during that time some people enter sleeps from which they never awaken. As time continues to go forward Dream waits until the time he freed. Once freed he takes his revenge and then heads off on a quest to find his three objects of power. One will take him to find John Constantine and the other Lucifer and finally a madman escaped from Arkham Asylum.
This was certainly the darkest comic I have read in a long time. It also featured the most convoluted storyline imaginable. The problem with DC and Marvel is they often assume you know the entire backstory of all the characters. They present you with long-standing characters and offer no explanation for newcomers which continuously keeps new people out when they do not understand the plot. I'm a tad well-versed than some but there were moments I had to pull out my iPad and Google things. That is not a good move by a comic series. Do not assume your readers know everything.
Also the first 8 issues contained in this volume barely did anything plotwise. Sure there was a general quest but some of the stories were so weird and explained I had trouble caring about much of any of it. Instead of introducing us to Dream's power and then being captured, we are told in stops and starts what he can do and why he is so important. That was another bad move.
Frankly I can understand why the series is probably so well-liked but for someone just starting out, it kind of went over my head and I've read a lot about DC comics. So while this is a major bestseller I would recommend starting with some DC tutorials and reading up on some of the characters before commiting to volume 1. I've been told later volumes leave the DC universe behind a bit so who knows. Out of all the graphic novels/comics I've read recently this is the one I will be waiting to continue down the road. Take from that what you will.
Published by Vertigo
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