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The Wake

(The Sandman #10)

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When a Dream ends, there is only one thing left to do...

THE WAKE

In which the repercussions of the Death of Lord Morpheus are felt, and, in an epilogue, William Shakespeare learns the price of getting what you want.

This is the tenth and final volume of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, described by author Mikal Gilmore in his introduction as "nothing less than a popular culture master
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Hardcover, 191 pages
Published September 3rd 1999 by Vertigo (first published February 1996)
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Alejandro
A weak ending for such impressive series


Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, & Joe J Muth

Covers: Dave McKean

Letterer: Todd Klein


DREAM OF A FUNERAL AND...

Nobody died. How can you kill an idea? How can you kill the personification of an action?

This final volume (from the regular series while there are still some other TPBs yet to read about) is dedicated by Gaiman to Dave McKean for his amazing work doing the covers of all single comic book issues o
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MischaS_
Brilliant. So my review that took me really long to write somehow got deleted... :( Hate that. (Actually, it almost got lost for the second time, thankfully I was smarter this time and copied it.)

So, this is it? The end? It seems almost...sad. But definitely strange. Like I should hold a wake. Or maybe I already did.


"Everybody’s here. You’re here."

"You were there."


I finally got to the point that I could finish this series. And this remains my favourite comics series and the best thing Neil G
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Bill  Kerwin

This is the final volume–if you exclude the prequel—of the Sandman series, but it is really more coda than conclusion. Half of it consists of the “wake” itself (Morpheus’ wak, funeral services, and related events) and the other half of three stand-alone tales that provide a philosophical commentary on the life and death of Dream.

The wake itself will be a moving and interesting for most faithful reader of the series, as we reacquaint ourselves with most of the characters we remember—and a few we
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Sean Gibson
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An appropriately contemplative denouement for a series that, when considered as a whole, suggests that Neil Gaiman is either:

1) A certified genius whose ability to blend myth, folklore, imagination, social issues, and pop culture puts him at the absolute apex of storytelling masters working today, regardless of medium; or

2) An authentic whacko whose ingestion of psychotropic fungus is of such heroically epic proportions that it would slay an entire army of genetically engineered giant yaks with
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Algernon
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
a word of warning : might be a major spoiler to read on if you don't know what went on in the previous volume ( The Kindly Ones ). (view spoiler)


The Wake is a farewell, a last gathering of all the oddball characters that accompanied us into the realm of the Lord of Dreaming, but also a celebration of the power of imagination. Sadness prevails, inevitably, at saying goodbye to the Endless family, to the denizen
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Rowena
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm quite sad that it's over.I've been reading the books since September and I've never read such creative, interesting, philosophical graphic novels with such great characters. It was interesting to see all the stories come together in the end.
Sam
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Probably 4.5 stars. I really loved this until the final piece The Tempest. I wasn't a big fan of that section. I think I might like it more on a re-read for meaning, but it was a bit lackluster on first impression compared to the emotion of the other sections. However I'm rounding up to 5 stars because Gaiman.

“Just remember, what the French say. No, probably not the French, they've got a president or something. The Brits, maybe, or the Swedes. You know what I mean?"

"No, Matthew. What do they say
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Brooke
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final volume in the Sandman series is a bit odd, and I'm wavering between giving it 3 and 4 stars. The first half of the book deals with the wake held for Morpheus, and is rather touching and satisfactory wrap-up to the series. The final half, however, seem anticlimatic and out of place. The issues about Hob and Shakespeare do have an "end" feeling to them and appropriately concludes their stories that were started in earlier volumes, but I'm not sure what the issue about the exiled advisor ...more
Stuart
Sandman, Vol 10: The Wake: Incredible artwork and a moving coda

Don't read this unless you've already read the previous volumes. It's the last volume of the epic SANDMAN saga, and one of my favorites. You’d think that it being a wake, a celebration and remembrance of the passing of someone, I found it filled with not only with melancholy, but an equal amount of empathy and gentle humor at the lives of all beings both mortal and immortal, god or faithful companion. It also has, by far, the most ra
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Airiz C
So this is where we wake up. After being lulled by the nocturnes, after trekking the steep places that only exists when we slumber, after journeying with the good and the bad and the in-betweens, after hurrying to and from the heart of the Dreaming, there will come a time when we need to open our eyes. Nightmares or good dreams—they have to end sometime..

Those were the words that came in my head some time ago, when I was about to read the last volume of this beloved series for the first time. I
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Ivan
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the end.Well volume 10 is more of an epilogue.
This was intriguing series, sure it had low points but when it was good it was among best graphic novels and among best Gaimans work overall.Only thing that was bad throughout the series where illustrations, there where several different illustrators but I don't think any of them did a good job.


Overall rating for the whole series:4.5 stars
Caro the Helmet Lady
So it's over. I feel a bit sad that it is. And especially because The Tempest arc was so beautiful. Neil Gaiman knows how to break your heart. And melt it. And do many other things to it. Bloody bastard. Sigh. I need a rehab, I think.
Panagiotis
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Η σειρά Sandman είναι ένα ορόσημο λογοτεχνικό για πολλούς λόγους: είναι ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά Αμερικάνικα κόμικς των τελευταίων δεκαετιών, αποτελεί ένα τιτάνιο δημιούργημα τόσο σε επιδιώξεις, στο όραμά του αλλά και στην διεκπεραίωσή του και είναι το έργο που εδραίωσε την λογοτεχνική παρουσία του Γκέιμαν. Στο The Wake πέφτουν οριστικά οι τίτλοι του τέλους, αν και το πραγματικό τέλος, η τελεία στην διήγηση, ήταν ο ένατος τόμος, The Kindly Ones.

Τι ήταν, τελικά, το Sandman; Ήταν ένα κόμικς φαντασ
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Sally ☾
“That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.”


Oh wow. What an ending.
Ronyell
Who would have ever thought that one volume from a fantastic graphic novel series would be one of the most memorable and tear jerking stories ever written? That is what the tenth volume in Neil Gaiman’s brilliant “Sandman” series “The Wake” is all about! Long time fans of the fantastic “Sandman” series will mourn along with the main characters over the death of Dream while experiencing the different emotions running through the characters along the way.

After Morpheus (Dream) ended up sacrificing
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Paul
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
The tenth in the Sandman series is a conclusion of what went before. One of the Endless, Morpheus, has ceased to be, and there is to be a gathering of his family, dreamers and other mourners to commemorate his life. As preparations for the funeral begin, Daniel Hall, who has become the new Sandman, meets with Morpheus’s family. He has already started to look like the previous Dream.

The mourners are an eclectic bunch, mot only are there the family, but there are a smattering of superhero’s and ch
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Paul Nelson
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Starting the Sandman series is a pretty daunting task, 10 volumes and 75 issues is a hell of a lot of investment in both cost and time but I'm glad I did it. The only Neil Gaiman stuff I'd read before was American Gods but I will definitely add him to my favourite authors list on what I've read so far.
Covering the funeral and the Wake of Morpheus, or Dream of the Endless we watch as the Endless prepare and the people in the dreaming travel to the Wake, there's lots of people we've seen before an
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Teresa
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it's true the series could've ended with the preceding volume, I'm glad we're granted this final one with its gentle pace, its thoughtfulness, its forgiveness. (Near the end, I realized it's the only volume without even a bit of gore. Though the previous instances of explicit horror were never gratuitous, the lack is probably another positive for me.)

Because of the frisson I experienced at Shakespeare's talking of "backstage" while not realizing where Morpheus calls home and because of the
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Wing Kee
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful melancholy finish

World: The art has been amazing since the start of the series and it is the same here. The frames the beautiful creative world and the tone that it sets for this world is exquisite. The world building is so utterly beautiful in this final arc. All the little pieces that Gaiman has created come into play, everyone gets their moment.

Story: The story us melancholy and a beautiful thing. It's slow and meticulous in its emotions and execution and readers really feel the
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Marko Radosavljevic
Kraj apsolutno kakav dolikuje ovakvom serijalu.Neki konci i krajevi koje je ostavljao nevezanim u prethodnim tomovima, ovde eksplodiraju u svom smislu i nameri.Jednom rečju ODUŠEVLJEN
Zanna
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, bechdel-pass
I was one of those teens. But flicking through this I don't feel nostalgia, but, surprisingly a new respect and appreciation for the dark romantic aesthetic & philosophy I 'outgrew'. Suddenly I realise the smug contempt I have felt for my former self and the scene was completely misdirected and unfair. After years of being practically allergic to black velvet and lace, I think a little bit of reconciliation is overdue, so I'm glad I picked this up again.

The Sandman series does justice to the
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Alba Traver
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Décimo y último tomo de Sandman. Qué sensación de vacío mezclada con la satisfacción de haber degustado una de las mejores obras no solo del cómic sino de la literatura. 'El Velatorio' no es sólo una conclusión magnífica, sino la más clara demostración de la maestría de Gaiman para jugar con la narrativa y sus arcos argumentales. Un plan perfectamente ejecutado. Una obra maestra.
Quiero destacar en este tomo el dibujo a cargo, en su mayoría, de Michael Zulli. No soy ninguna experta en este aparta
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Javier Muñoz
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books, comic-hc
La colección se cierra con plena satisfacción, con un gran final de saga en mini arco del velatorio... el resto del tomo no es que esté exento de calidad pero si un poco de relevancia, excepto el último número de despedida "la tempestad", que sirve para poner un broche de oro a una serie extraña, inolvidable y excepcional.

Los capítulos "domingo de luto" y "exiliados" desentonan un poco y da la impresión de que están ahí sólo para llegar al número 75 al final, para cerrar con un número más o meno
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Bradley
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a sad and deeply nostalgic first few volumes, even when there wasn't any actual recapitulations going on. It's the nature of a wake, or a waking from a dream. It was the letdown, the reminiscence, the transition that made these so powerful.

Death is not the end, and indeed, it is not the end at all, but the waking from the dream.

Pure poetry.

Of course the remaining volumes do much the same, especially the last with our very own Shakespeare, with Prospero breaking his staff. Ah yes, the stri
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Cheese
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful end to the Sandman and one I will remember fondly.
Sud666
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I am a huge fan of Gaiman's "Sandman" series. It is an amazing work of imagination and prose. Nearly every volume of it garners a 4-5 star rating. This final volume, which is still excellent, is a slight disappointment in relation to the quality of the previous volumes.

The Wake is what is sounds like-all and sundry of the most powerful beings come to pay their respects to Morpheus. Even as a new avatar of the Dream arises, the old is laid to rest. It is an eulogy by those who have walked his pat
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Pallavi Sareen
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How ends should be.
Carol
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this series. So wonderful, dark, challenging, fantastic , poetic and beautiful!
I am really sad to leave this world and those wonderful characters.

A new favorite.

Rebecca Skane
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**heartbroken**
I'll keep dreaming.
Lizzie
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