The Wake

The Wake

When a Dream ends, there is only one thing left to do... THE WAKE In which the repercussions of the Death of Lord Morpheus are felt, and, in an epilogue, William Shakespeare learns the price of getting what you want. This is the tenth and final volume of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, described by author Mikal Gilmore in his introduction as "nothing less than a popular culture master When a Dream ends, there is only one thing left to do... THE WAKE In which the repercussions of the Dea...

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Title:The Wake
Author:Neil Gaiman
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:The Sandman: The Wake
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:191 pages pages

The Wake Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jul 07, 2017
    This is the final volume?if you exclude the prequel?of the Sandman series, but it is really more coda than conclusion. Half of it consists of the ?wake? itself (Morpheus? wak, funeral services, and related events) and the other half of three stand-alone tales that provide a...
  • Brooke
    Jul 20, 2009
    The final volume in the Sandman series is a bit odd, and I'm wavering between giving it 3 and 4 stars. The first half of the book deals with the wake held for Morpheus, and is rather touching and satisfactory wrap-up to the series. The final half, however, seem anticlimatic and out of ...
  • Teresa
    Mar 28, 2014
    While it's true the series could've ended with the preceding volume, I'm glad we're granted this final one with its gentle pace, its thoughtfulness, its forgiveness. (Near the end, I realized it's the only volume without even a bit of gore. Though the previous instances of explicit hor...
  • Alejandro
    Aug 27, 2015
    A weak ending for such impressive series Creative Team: Writer: Neil Gaiman Illustrators: Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, & Joe J Muth Covers: Dave McKean Letterer: Todd Klein DREAM OF A FUNERAL AND... Nobody died. How can you kill an idea? How can you ki...
  • Ronyell
    Jun 13, 2012
    Who would have ever thought that one volume from a fantastic graphic novel series would be one of the most memorable and tear jerking stories ever written? That is what the tenth volume in Neil Gaiman?s brilliant ?Sandman? series ?The Wake? is all about! Long time fans of the...
  • Lizzie
    Oct 22, 2009
    Ok so. This thing about how Dream has died. Somehow. Though he's not really a living thing, but all right. In the last book, where that happened, I was disappointed. Since I found out about it at the beginning, I was waiting for something big to cause it -- a severe sacrifice, or a sev...
  • Rowena
    Dec 01, 2012
    I thoroughly enjoyed this series and I'm quite sad that it's over.I've been reading the books since September and I've never read such creative, interesting, philosophical graphic novels with such great characters. It was interesting to see all the stories come together in the end. ...
  • Sam
    Feb 21, 2017
    Probably 4.5 stars. I really loved this until the final piece The Tempest. I wasn't a big fan of that section. I think I might like it more on a re-read for meaning, but it was a bit lackluster on first impression compared to the emotion of the other sections. However I'm rounding up t...
  • Bradley
    Mar 25, 2013
    It was a sad and deeply nostalgic first few volumes, even when there wasn't any actual recapitulations going on. It's the nature of a wake, or a waking from a dream. It was the letdown, the reminiscence, the transition that made these so powerful. Death is not the end, and indeed, i...
  • Kevin
    Jun 09, 2016
    Well, I did it - I read the entire series. I figured I could just use this very last volume as a place to review the series as a whole, why not? For starters, I've read most of this before. Somewhere along the line I kind of dropped out of comics, so I missed out on World's End and ...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    Dec 05, 2013
    a word of warning : might be a major spoiler to read on if you don't know what went on in the previous volume ( The Kindly Ones ). (view spoiler)[ Morpheus dies, and is replaced as the incarnation of Dream by Daniel. (hide spoiler)] The Wake is a farewell, a last gathering of all...
  • Airiz C
    Jul 30, 2011
    So this is where we wake up. After being lulled by the nocturnes, after trekking the steep places that only exists when we slumber, after journeying with the good and the bad and the in-betweens, after hurrying to and from the heart of the Dreaming, there will come a time when we need ...
  • Rebecca Skane
    Nov 30, 2017
    **heartbroken** I'll keep dreaming. ...
  • Paul Nelson
    Aug 30, 2013
    Starting the Sandman series is a pretty daunting task, 10 volumes and 75 issues is a hell of a lot of investment in both cost and time but I'm glad I did it. The only Neil Gaiman stuff I'd read before was American Gods but I will definitely add him to my favourite authors list on what ...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    Apr 11, 2015
    So it's over. I feel a bit sad that it is. And especially because The Tempest arc was so beautiful. Neil Gaiman knows how to break your heart. And melt it. And do many other things to it. Bloody bastard. Sigh. I need a rehab, I think. ...
  • Stuart
    Jul 23, 2016
    Sandman, Vol 10: The Wake: Incredible artwork and a moving coda Don't read this unless you've already read the previous volumes. It's the last volume of the epic SANDMAN saga, and one of my favorites. You?d think that it being a wake, a celebration and remembrance of the passing o...
  • Andrew Greatbatch
    Jun 28, 2019
    Around 12 months ago, I started to read Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' series. I borrowed the first collection, Preludes & Nocturnes, from the library and that's where my obsession started. It had me hooked from the start, and I haven't stopped since. Neil Gaiman has since become m...
  • Paul
    Dec 13, 2014
    The tenth in the Sandman series is a conclusion of what went before. One of the Endless, Morpheus, has ceased to be, and there is to be a gathering of his family, dreamers and other mourners to commemorate his life. As preparations for the funeral begin, Daniel Hall, who has become the...
  • MischaS_
    Aug 06, 2018
    Brilliant. So my review that took me really long to write somehow got deleted... :( Hate that. (Actually, it almost got lost for the second time, thankfully I was smarter this time and copied it.) So, this is it? The end? It seems almost...sad. But definitely strange. Like I should ...
  • Carol
    May 27, 2017
    I absolutely loved this series. So wonderful, dark, challenging, fantastic , poetic and beautiful! I am really sad to leave this world and those wonderful characters. A new favorite. ...
  • Nelson Minar
    Feb 18, 2019
    I recently sat down and re-read all of the main Sandman, 1-75. Gonna write some comments about the whole series here. These comments are not just for The Wake. I first read the books when they were published. I wasn't a comics nerd but a friend suggested these were special, and they...
  • Sean Gibson
    Nov 30, 2018
    An appropriately contemplative denouement for a series that, when considered as a whole, suggests that Neil Gaiman is either: 1) A certified genius whose ability to blend myth, folklore, imagination, social issues, and pop culture puts him at the absolute apex of storytelling maste...
  • Sally ☾
    Mar 03, 2018
    ?That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.? Oh wow. What an ending. ...
  • Zanna
    Oct 22, 2013
    I was one of those teens. But flicking through this I don't feel nostalgia, but, surprisingly a new respect and appreciation for the dark romantic aesthetic & philosophy I 'outgrew'. Suddenly I realise the smug contempt I have felt for my former self and the scene was completely mi...
  • Pallavi Sareen
    Apr 25, 2018
    How ends should be. ...
  • Irene
    Jul 31, 2015
    One thing about this book: it's boring Okay, I do understand that this is a funeral and that it isn't really fair to expect a lot of action or Gaiman's trademark humor in it. But when I pick up any book (especially one of Neil Gaiman's) I do expect to be at least mildly intrigued by...
  • Cheese
    Aug 11, 2015
    A delightful end to the Sandman and one I will remember fondly. ...
  • Wing Kee
    May 19, 2018
    A beautiful melancholy finish World: The art has been amazing since the start of the series and it is the same here. The frames the beautiful creative world and the tone that it sets for this world is exquisite. The world building is so utterly beautiful in this final arc. All the ...
  • Ivan
    Nov 16, 2014
    This is the end.Well volume 10 is more of an epilogue. This was intriguing series, sure it had low points but when it was good it was among best graphic novels and among best Gaimans work overall.Only thing that was bad throughout the series where illustrations, there where several di...
  • Sud666
    Feb 10, 2018
    I am a huge fan of Gaiman's "Sandman" series. It is an amazing work of imagination and prose. Nearly every volume of it garners a 4-5 star rating. This final volume, which is still excellent, is a slight disappointment in relation to the quality of the previous volumes. The Wake is ...