The Sandman: A Game of You

GN 18. The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Shawn McManus. 192 p. Published September 1993.

A Game of You is the first volume of Sandman that follows a protagonist other than Morpheus. Instead we follow Barbie, a young woman living in New York. Surrounded by her friends, Barbie believes she has little to worry about. But she is wrong, for the Cuckoo is after her and manages to trap her in a distant part of the Dreamworld.

Brittany’s friends from both this world and the dreamworld gather to protect her and defeat the Cuckoo, but sudden betrayal and a meteorological twist bring tragedy to Barbie’s world. Even after Morpheus appears to complete his duty as Dream of the Endless, Barbie must confront the loss of something quite precious.

In this fifth volume of Sandman, Gaiman begins to depict something unique – the state of the world as it revolves around the protagonist without him actually being present. Even as Dream takes a backseat in the plot, A Game of You shows the world as it flows with and is warped by the Dreamworld. While sometimes confusing, this intricate story brings as much depth into Sandman as any before it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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