Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at one of the earliest cool moments in Neil Gaiman's classic Sandman run.
This moment is so neat, it was even turned into political propaganda early last year (in the Democratic primaries)
During the early issues of Sandman, Morpheus was just released from many decades of captivity, so he had to reclaim his lost totems of power (a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby).
His journey to regain these items led to encounters with regular DC superhero characters like the Martian Manhunter and Doctor Destiny (the book was a lot more tied to the DC Universe back then).
However much he needed these items, he was too weak to just TAKE them, so when he encountered the demon, Choronzon, who had the helm, he had to instead challenge him to a game of wits.
Each person would think of something and the other would name something more powerful until one could no longer name something more powerful than the other.
Here, then, is Neil Gaiman's brilliant piece of writing showing Morpheus defeating Choronzon in Sandman #4 (Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg do a fine job on the art, too).
Choronzon: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.
Morpheus: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.
Choronzon: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.
Morpheus: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.
Choronzon: I am a snake, spider-devouring, poison-toothed.
Morpheus: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy footed.
Choronzon: I am an anthrax, butcher, bacterium, warm-life destroying.
Morpheus: I am a world, space-floating, life nurturing.
Choronzon: I am a nova, all-exploding… planet-cremating.
Morpheus: I am the Universe — all things encompassing, all life embracing.
Choronzon: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds… of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?
Morpheus: I am hope.