Saturday, April 14, 2012

[BOOK REVIEW] The Sandman: Brief Lives Volume 7 by Neil Gaiman


Title:  The Sandman:  Brief Lives Volume 7

Author:  Neil Gaiman

Artist: Jill Thompson and Vince Locke


Genre: Supernatural / Adventure / Fantasy



Year Published: 1993



Year Read: 2012



Series: The Sandman #7



Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 15+ (Some Graphic Violence)
 



After reading the sixth volume of Neil Gaiman’s famous “Sandman” series, I just had to keep reading more and more of this fantastic series! For the past six volumes of the “Sandman” series, we have been reading about mainly Dream’s (Morpheus’) side of the story, but now in the seventh volume, “Brief Lives,” we are finally reading about Dream’s other siblings, mainly the youngest sibling of the Endless, Delirium, and how she tries to convince Dream to help her find their missing brother, Destruction.  This volume “Brief Lives,” is full of drama, surreal fantasy moments and heartbreaking moments that will set any “Sandman” fans ablaze with excitement!

In the seventh volume, “Brief Lives,” the youngest sibling of the Endless who is known as Delirium decides to drag Dream into a journey in finding their missing brother, Destruction who disappeared from the Endless many years ago.  Even though the two siblings go through so many tragedies along their way, they will soon discover a startling revelation about Destruction that might change the lives of the Endless forever!  There are a total of nine chapters in this volume that details the story of Dream and Delirium’s journey to find their missing brother.

Wow!  This volume was just so amazing beyond all reason! I will admit that even though there is not that much action in this volume as there was for the past few volumes, this volume clearly shows that you do not really need a lot of action to make an extremely interesting story!  Neil Gaiman has done an excellent job at writing this volume as it was not only intense, but it provided a good insight on the relationship shared between the Endless siblings.  For a long time now, we keep seeing the close relationship shared between Death and Dream, but now we see another close relationship between Dream and Delirium and it was nice seeing how Dream was willing to help out Delirium through her quest in finding their missing brother Destruction, even though Dream was hesitant about helping Delirium in the first place.  I also loved the way that Neil Gaiman gave this story a dark fantasy feel as we see Dream and Delirium traveling through the real world while mysterious and frightening accidents keep happening whenever they are around.  Jill Thompson and Vince Locke’s artwork is gorgeous and dark at the same time as the images of the Endless siblings are truly unique to look at.  I especially love the appearance of Delirium herself as she has multicolored hair and her hair constantly changes appearances every time she is in a different world.  I also enjoyed the disturbing images in this volume, especially of the image of Orpheus’s severed head sitting on a desk.

Like the previous “Sandman” volumes, this volume does have some blood and gore, although it is not as explicit as the first few volumes and there is few in between.  Probably some of the gory images that might disturb some readers are an image of Despair, one of the Endless, cutting herself up and you can see the blood spurt from her cuts and another image where a Cat goddess bites off the head of a rat and you can see the bloody insides of the rat.

Overall, “The Sandman: Brief Lives” is a truly wonderful volume about sibling love that fans of the “Sandman” series will easily enjoy for many years!



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