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Neither sweet dream nor horrifying nightmare, Netflix’s The Sandman, the long-gestating adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s legendary DC Comics series, 

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“Watchmen” came out in 2009, the official title of “Most Anticipated Comic-to-Screen Adaptation” immediately shifted to Neil Gaiman’s legendary The Sandman

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After the season’s visually ambitious and ominously tense first half, 

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“The Sandman” tells the story of Dream (also named Morpheus, and played by Tom Sturridge), the anthropomorphic personification of the lord of dreams,  

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It originally began as a DC Comics series in 1988, and it lasted 75 issues before ending in 1996, becoming one of the first ongoing DC or Marvel series to end solely 

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Netflix series adapts the first two volumes, Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll’s House 

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Dream of the Endless (Tom Sturridge) may offer “freedom and adventure” to his mortal visitors, but The Sandman doesn’t entirely hold up its end of the bargain. 

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To be fair, “The Sandman” has a lot going for it outside of its storytelling choices (or lack thereof). In nearly every way other than writing, it’s very well done. 

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“The Sandman” actually for? There’s no evidence that any care or consideration was given to appealing to people who aren’t already diehard fans of the source material.  On Netflix today.(5.08.2022)

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