Book Review: The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman

I’m not sure what to say. I was about to give it only two stars, but I liked the ending.

If you’re a fan of these series, you might be thinking, “Three stars?!! Only three stars?!! How could you???”

It’s probably just me. I am not a comics fan, and I am still trying to appreciate this genre.

Still, I find this volume more interesting than the first, and I like the illustrations a lot.

But I was often troubled by the darkness, weirdness, and morbidity of the stories.

The Doll’s House contains 8 chapters (May contain spoilers!):

Tales in the Sand (#9)
The Doll’s House (#10)
Moving In (#11)
Playing House (#12)
Men of Good Fortune (#13)
Collectors (#14)
Into the Night (#15)
Lost Hearts (#16)

Dream, or Morpheus, does an inventory of all the items and creatures in his realm and notices a few beings who are missing: Brute, Glob, the Corinthian, and Fiddler’s Green. The first three are nightmarish monsters who haunt the dream world, while the fourth is a place.

The three creatures, who freed themselves during Dream’s decades of absence, causes real havoc in the waking world. Corinthian, especially, is highly dangerous. He is a serial killer, and Dream catches up with him one day in a conference for serial killers (That sounds both morbidly funny and horrifying).

Unity Kinkaid, now quite old and already awake (You’ll remember her from the first volume), is reunited with her daughter Miranda and grand-daughter Rose.

Rose has a brother who got lost when they were still very young. She tries to find his whereabouts with the help of Fiddler’s Green, who actually looks and talks like G. K. Chesterton.

Rose is a “vortex”: her dream can become a kind of “black hole” for all dreams for all of humanity. When her dreaming is not stopped, she can irreparably damage the Dreamworld and destroy all of the minds in the waking world.

One thing that bothers me about Dream, though: he doesn’t seem to be a very just kind of hero. I mean, sure, he helps people. But he doesn’t punish the villains. Take Dr. Destiny in volume 1, for instance. The latter murdered those people, and in such horrifying fashion. Yet, all Dream did was send him back to the asylum and give him good dreams. Or take the fat guy who likes raping children; all he did was give him sweet dreams. Or the Corinthian; all he did was “un-create” him. Did he think that they were not really responsible for their crimes, that they were just the victims of their own mental illness, if they were really mentally ill?

My Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 22-28, 2012

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