A big month for the Ash Ave Comics’ reading group as we begin our reading of the legendary Sandman series, beginning with volume 1 on Sunday, February 7th at 6 PM. Neil Gaiman’s celebrated series follows Dream (Morpheus, The Dream King), volume 1 begins with the Dream King imprisoned on earth, ripped out of The Dreaming as the result of an occult ritual.
In addition to the stellar writing talents of Neil Gaiman, a number of artists contributed their talents to the series, including Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Shawn McManus, Colleen Doran, George Pratt, Charles Vess, Kelley Jones, Matt Wagner, P. Craig Russell, Michael Zulli, Marc Hempel, Dick Giordano, and Vince Locke. Sandman will be our next long form read as Preacher wraps up in March, so this discussion group is a perfect place to jump on to read and discuss this classic series.
Our second group will meet at 6PM on Sunday, February 21st to discuss Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher volume 5, the penultimate chapter in the long running Vertigo series.
Coming up in March is Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies graphic novel, followed by the conclusion to Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s masterpiece Preacher. Check below for the meeting dates for the next two months, below that is the cover art and publishers’ summary of February’s titles. See you in the shop!
Sunday, February 7th: Sandman vol 1
Sunday, February 21st: Preacher vol 5
Sunday, March 6th: The Wrenchies
Sunday, March 20th: Preacher vol 6
The first volume collecting Neil Gaiman’s seminal horror series is available in a new edition featuring the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, collecting issues #1-8, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps Death’s younger brother Dream instead. After his 70-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Morpheus goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings” which introduces the pragmatic, perky Death.