So I just recently got back into comic books. I started collecting them when I was 10 years old, but other interests took hold as I grew older and eventually I stopped collecting comics altogether. Not counting manga, The Walking Dead is the first American comic I've read in 15 years. I blew through all 102 issues in all of 3 days, and it reminded me of how much I used to love reading comics as a little kid. Now that I'm waiting for issue #103, I started thinking that I should look into other American comic books to hold me over. And then I remembered The Sandman. I remember buying and reading several of the original issues in the early 90's, but I never really got into the series. For one thing, at the time I was a poor lad with little money and my parents didn't really support my reading of comic books (they only forked out cash if I wanted to buy a novel). Furthermore, The Sandman was $2.00 per issue, and that was really expensive for a comic book back then (I was used to paying $0.75-$1.25 per comic). I think another reason why I didn't cry and beg my parents for the $2.00 a month to get my Sandman fix was that my mind was too juvenile to fully appreciate the stories. For the past 20 years I've been hearing all sorts of great things about this series. I've always meant to return to it someday, but I was never driven to do so until I got all caught up with The Walking Dead recently. So I went ahead and ordered all 5 volumes of The Absolute Sandman. Now I'm just waiting for his "6th volume" (The Absolute Death) to arrive in the mail next week. It cost me a pretty penny, but for books of this quality and for what has been hailed as "the greatest graphic novel of all time," I think it'll be worth it. I'm pretty excited to start this series. Has anyone else read it? Anything you'd like to share about it? If you want to discuss the plot, please put spoilers in spoiler tags. *EDIT* Gaiman has recently announced that he will return to write one more story for this series, which is supposedly a prequel to the entire Sandman saga. It will be out in 2013, so I hope to finish this in time for the prequel's release.