Okey-doke. The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You contains some of the most vivid nightmares that I’ve ever read. It’s weird. If you read about a nightmare in text, it’s at arm’s length. If you watch a nightmare in a movie, it’s usually of the form “Something awful happens that we know can’t really be happening because we saw the trailer and we’re only 20 minutes into the movie… WHAM” and we watch the protagonist (or one of the patsies) gasp and wake up with a start. Whew. It was all a dream… but that’s arm’s length too.
In a comic book, however, they can come out and say “this is not real, this is a nightmare” and that makes it so much more horrible. You can have the text you need to give the skeleton to the nightmare and the nightmare image to give it the meat and, instead of being at arm’s length, it’s right there in your bones. Like when you wake up with a start and you can’t move your arms or legs for a second or two.
Anyway, we’re taking a week off so that those of you who ain’t yet ordered your copy can do so by clicking the link above and still have time for it to show up at your house before we get going. Come Friday, I’ll point out that we’re going to be reading the first couple of issues.
If you absolutely positively have to talk about some major spoiler in comments, please rot13. Or just talk about the dream where you’re falling down the stairs and there’s a monster at the bottom of them and you just keep tumbling and you don’t know which is worse that you keep falling down the stairs and keep falling down the stairs or what’s going to happen to you when you stop.