GN 14. The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Kelley Jones and Mike Dringenberg. 224 p. Published January 1994.
This fourth volume of Sandman opens with Destiny calling a conclave of the other Endless. So assembles Desire, Despair, Delerium (once Delight), Dream, and Death to dine together and reshape the world. Only Destruction (who goes unnamed) is missing, having gone into seclusion. While Destiny keeps the purpose of the meeting a secret, Desire’s prodding of Dream over his treatment of Nada, the Nubian princess he condemned to hell after refusing his love, spurs him to action.
As Dream girds himself to return to Hell and face Lucifer Morningtar, who once vowed to kill Morpheus, Lucifer makes plans of his own. Morpheus arrives to find the pits of Hell empty and Lucifer greeting him alone. And Lucifer has a surprise. For he has abdicated his throne, released the damned and demonkind back to Earth, and grants the Key to Hell to Morpheus.
Now Dream must determine what to do with the most valued psychical property in existence as emissaries from various shades of reality petition for its control. At the same time, he is tormented by his failure to free Nada and must come to terms with the necessities of his office. Meanwhile, humanity must confront the return of the damned.
Season on Mists continues to build a world of fantastic mystery and depth.
Rating: 4 out of 5