First, to all the worried fans of The Sandman: Relax. They got it right.
It took a long time and a lot of failed attempts, but Netflix's version of the groundbreaking comic book series just... works.
It does a good job of capturing the look, feel, and story of the Lord of the Dreams comics, which were written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Kieth,
Mike Dringenberg, and many others over the years. But what's much more important is that it works as an adaptation.
Recent audiobook versions stuck to every tiny detail of the 1989–1995 comic run, which made them feel dated and overwritten.
The Netflix series, on the other hand, has a much looser grip on the source text. It's alive. Changes, both big and small, have been made to the characters and plots in order to streamline,
update, and focus the story, which has now been honed to meet the needs of serialised television.
Okay, to everyone else who has never heard these stories or met these characters: I have no idea how you're going to feel about this.
Like the comic, the show starts off with a lot going on. But I think there's a better-than-average chance that you might finally start to understand
why the rest of us have been bugging you for years to read the comic. As quickly as sand through an hourglass.
The Sandman is about Morpheus, also known as Dream. He is one of The Endless, which are a few abstract ideas (Dream, Death, Desire, Despair, etc.)
that look like fighting siblings. Even though they are very powerful and will live forever, they are bound by rules and duties as they watch over different parts of human life.
Morpheus, on the other hand, is in charge of The Dreaming, which is a huge world full of adventures, pleasures, and horrors that people visit when they sleep.
In 1916, a British man who calls himself an occultist traps Morpheus in a magic circle and steals his tools of the trade.