The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

This is technically neither a graphic novel, nor a part of the Sandman series. I’m including it here because it works within the Sandman universe, was written by Neil Gaiman, and has some of the most spectacular artwork I have ever seen. Neil Gaiman adapted the story of The Dream Hunters from a Japanese folktale and the book is put together as an illustrated narrative. Gaiman tells the story of a fox who falls in love with a monk, and is willing to sacrifice herself to save him. The narrative is well written, but it is Yoshitaka Amano’s artwork that makes the story come alive. Amano is well known for his work on Vampire Hunter D and Chimera. Here his artwork complements and inspires Gaiman’s words. Drawing on the Japanese artistic tradition Amano uses a combination of vivid, bold images alongside fragile, delicate artwork to give unique form to Gaiman’s tale.

Sandman: The Dream Hunters
ISBN: 9781563896293
By Neil Gaiman
Art by Yoshitaka Amano
DC Comics 1999

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