Season of Mists sends Lord Morpheus down into Hell in order to free the soul of the woman he loved whom he sentenced to an eternity in Hell (see “Tales of the Sand” in The Doll’s House). Dream goes prepared for battle and instead finds Hell abandoned. Lucifer hands him the keys to Hell and leaves, tired of his exile from Heaven and his rule in Hell. Dream is now faced with the dilemma of what to do with Hell, and what to do about all the denizens of Hell who are loose upon the world, not to mention the dead released back into the world of the living. Dream does not want Hell, he has his own kingdom to run, and there is no shortage of people who would like to inhabit and rule in Hell. But, to whom can Dream give the realm of Hell? And, what about the fact that maybe the world needs a Hell?
The Sandman, vol. 4: Season of Mists
By Neil Gaiman
Art by Kelly Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones, III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, P. Craig Russell
DC Comics/Vertigo 1994