Was there ever more of a sure thing than the new Sandman mini-series, The Dream Hunters, which is P. Craig Russell’s adaptation of the illustrated Sandman novel of Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano? The original Dream Hunters by Gaiman and Amano was great, P. Craig Russell is great, you can certainly question the necessity of such an adaptation, but the quality of the comic is pretty nearly a guarantee.
But just for the sake of argument – is this comic good?
You bet it is!
First off, pretty sweet cover, no?
As to the actual story, the one real drawback we have is that this story was written by Gaiman as a complete story, not as a serialized one, so Russell has to determine when to end each issue, but otherwise, this is the same story as the original Dream Hunters – a fox spirit falls in love with a Buddhist monk, and Morpheus gets involved.
The artwork by Russell is absolutely gorgeous.
Here are a couple of pages…
Stunning, isn’t it?
Interestingly enough, the original Dream Hunters translates to comic form very easily, and Russell really doesn’t even need to do THAT much deconstructing, but whatever he does do, he does it well.
The result is a great comic book.
I would have preferred to see an all-new work from the two creators, but simply judging this work on its own, it is wonderful.
If you’ve read the original Dream Hunters, Recommended.
If you haven’t read the original Dream Hunters, Highly Recommended.