Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Editors: Chris Conroy and Andrea Shea
Thanks to DC Comics for the review copy!
Another new chapter unfolding from Nightmare Country and the Sandman Universe and brought to life by the powerhouse creative team of James Tynion and Lisandro Estherren. The Corinthian is back and ready to devour more eyes but there are other evils at play in the darkened corners of this city which he may not be ready to face.
Tynion continues to breathe new life into this universe by doubling down on its horror origins and bringing its darkest and most feared protagonists front and center. What a fun first issue! It’s dark, brooding and overflowing with the atrocities of man. Man as a carnal beast. Man as a selfish, foolish and careless plaything for the devil. What Tynion does best is take that wickedness and put it on full display for all to see in what seems to be the basis from which most of the Sandman Universe is rooted. The understanding of the human condition and how it needs temptation, love, risk, and excitement to thrive. Of course, there must also be consequences behind those feelings and decisions. Boundaries. Good and evil. Right and wrong. This is a story about ruthless and corrupt businessmen who have already been swept away into something much darker. As they lean into their darker tendencies at the cost of their very souls what will happen to these men? We know some men’s dreams become other men’s nightmares. The trick is knowing the difference. Will the Corinthian interfere? We shall see.
There is a lot going on in this first issue and one can only assume it will all come to a head soon enough. We’re off to a great start! Awesome writing by Tynion as expected. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the art as well. It’s just a gorgeous book to look at. Details within details, carefully drawn into each panel and colored with near perfect attention to shadows and lighting. Truly a sight to behold. Overall, this is the crisp and refined work of true masters of their craft! The second issue can’t get here soon enough!
My rating – 10/10 Superb!
THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: NIGHTMARE COUNTRY – THE GLASS HOUSE #1 is now out.
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