Yeah. Sure. Whatever.
I think there is something terribly wrong with the way I am since I seem to be the only person I know who seem to have enough time and is never busy. Is it only me, who is not doing something that almost everyone seems to be doing?
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 10:30 PM| 0 comments
Graphic Novel: Sandman - Sound of her wings
I was talking to an older colleague with who, whatever may be the initial start of the conversation, always end up talking about graphic novels. Today, we were talking about some presentation that had to be made and we ended talking about Ramayana Reloaded by Virgin Comics and finally, Sandman. Again. As soon as I came home, I reread this comic for the sake of my own satisfaction.
I must have read this particular piece a gazillion times. I never get tired of reading the same words over and over again. This is the first issue where Death is introduced as Dream's sister. This is the first issue where you do not get intimidated by Dream. Here he is just a man who accompanies his (elder) sister when she performs her duties; letting people leave this waking/living world and take them wherever they are supposed to go. And when she draws them close to her, there is darkness and Dream (also known as Morpheus) hears only flutter of giant wings. Just before people die, everyone seem to recognize her. Some complain going with her, some are expecting her and some even try to reason with her. But she just performs her duties.
Initially she is annoyed of Dream's monologue when he goes on about how he came to control dreaming after his imprisonment. The best part of this comic is perhaps the casual nature of Death herself and her respect for life and everything that is a part of it. She quotes Marry Poppins, she appreciates a stand up comedian and actually gives an earful of advice to her little brother, Dream.
At one point she complains to Dream that people from waking world enter dreaming without fear as compared to her, but he says that he is more terrible than her. When I read this for the first time, I thought he was simply being modest. But think about it. Dream has the power of driving a man to insanity by a mere touch which he calls - eternal waking. At that point, people actually prefer death over a thousand ideas coming in their head every millisecond.
The whole point of the exercise? Dream finally realizes that everyone has some amount of responsibility in this universe; however big or small or life altering it may be. One cannot say that after achieving a certain goal, our existence is justified for. When one goal is achieved, another should be dreamed of.
The last panel of this panel really takes the cake. Morpheus is seen smiling full of joy (never seen smiling again in 9 volumes) when he takes a handful of sand and tosses in the air and then he hears it; the sound of wings.