I’d known about this series since middle school, and since then, I’ve tried a number of times to get into it as I would any creative work that artists I admire appear to repeatedly rave about. Try as I might, I just couldn’t follow the story; it all felt simultaneously disjointed, abyss-deep, and way way dark to the point where I wondered if the wonderlands within were worth it.
I’d been fortunate enough recently to run into volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the library all together - and I decided to give it another try. Super glad I did. At this point in my life, for whatever reason, I am better able to synthesize these sparkling webs and shadows and shards for sums grander than all those disparate parts in years past!
Warning: things do indeed get dark. This isn’t for everyone, and the art, while amazing, uses a more traditional comic print style. This does include the hip fashion absolutely screaming ‘90s (it was made then after all). And while you’re sorting out these disparate threads of beginnings, remember to have a little bit of faith, too. I still needed mine; my transformation into this type of Adult Comic Reader has been a gradual and human one.
Just know that once Morpheus enters the scene, things begin to make a lot more sense. At the very least, we now know that whatever might be going on, he will be nearby. It all ties together through him and his expansive reach as one of the Endless. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, and getting to know the other members of his family.