Last night I dreamt that I needed to work my way through a zombie-ravaged high school in order to make it on time to my Irish dance recital with Idris Elba. After a gravity-free performance, I did not feel well, and promptly gave birth to a small, wooden sheep. Surprisingly, my baby sheep was somehow animated enough to defecate on my hands while I held it, all while my sour mother looked on and rolled her eyes at me. Maybe this nonsensical construction in my mind is telling picture as to my internal self. Maybe it is a description of my past, or my fears for the future. Whatever the case, if we are to see it all through Neil Gaiman’s eyes, even the most fleeting fragments of our dreams have the ability to affect a person, tell a story, or even alter the course of the world. And so we come to The Sandman: Fables & Reflections, which I saw as an illustration of just that.
The sixth volume of Gaiman’s graphic novel series does not directly connect to the overall story-arc of the series, but rather touches on various themes presented throughout the volumes. It does this through a series of nine, individual short stories, spanning across different timeframes and cultures, all of which involve some aspect of dreaming, the Endless, and their various effects on human action.
You can find out more about the individual stories and read my full review: HERE.