The Sandman: The Kindly Ones
|The Sandman: The Kindly Ones|
|Publication date||The Sandman
February 1994 - July 1995
|Title(s)||The Sandman #57-69
Vertigo Jam #1
The Kindly Ones (1996) is the ninth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman. Written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D'Israeli, Teddy Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston and Kevin Nowlan, coloured by Danny Vozzo, and lettered by Todd Klein.The volume features an introduction by Frank McConnell.
Marc Hempel is the primary penciller, inked variously by himself, D'Israeli and Richard Case. He is relieved at different points in the story by Teddy Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon and Dean Ormston, and Charles Vess draws a story-within-a-story sequence. Kevin Nowlan draws a short story which originally appeared in a Vertigo promo book.
The Kindly Ones belongs with the second collection, The Doll's House, and the seventh, Brief Lives, in that it finishes off a story that mostly originated in these collections. Parts from other collections are also important to its story, however, notably elements from Season of Mists and the story of Orpheus, told mostly in Fables and Reflections.
The most structurally ambitious of the collections, The Kindly Ones is a single storyline written as a Greek tragedy, with Morpheus as its doomed hero and an aspect of the triad of witches, the Erinyes, as the Greek chorus. It pulls together various threads left dangling throughout the series, notably the grudges against Morpheus of several characters: Hippolyta Hall, whose child, Daniel, was claimed by Morpheus; the witches themselves; the Norse god Loki; and the witch Thessaly.
The Kindly Ones also continues several other stories, including that of Cluracan of Faerie and his sister Nuala, that of the Corinthian, and that of Rose Walker and her former landlord Hal. It also features Lucifer, now playing piano in a nightclub, although he is loath to take requests.
After Daniel is kidnapped towards the beginning of the story by Loki and Robin Goodfellow (the Puck), Hippolyta (or Lyta), manipulated by Loki into believing he was murdered, convinces herself that Morpheus was responsible due to her brief interactions with him throughout the series. In the midst of an intense breakdown over the loss of her child, Lyta resolves to destroy Morpheus, eventually finding the witches who agree to help her in her goal. In their aspect as the Furies, the witches are empowered to destroy Morpheus by the fact that he has shed the blood of one of his family (that of his son, Orpheus, when he granted him the boon of death). In many places, Lyta is depicted as Medusa, even meeting Medusa's two sisters, Stheno and Euryale, at one point in the story.
Unbeknownst to Lyta, Daniel is eventually recovered alive and well by Morpheus' servants, the raven Matthew and a restored Corinthian. However, Lyta invokes the wrath of the Furies before learning that Daniel is still alive and safe, and is subsequently unable to stop the Furies from taking their revenge.
Throughout the story the greatest mystery is the motivation of Morpheus; it is never exactly clear to what extent he is aware of the course on which he has, to some extent, set himself, and how serious are his attempts to save himself. In a telling sequence, he finally lays himself open to the Furies by leaving his kingdom to fulfill a boon he had granted to Nuala, even though he knows that his own end will likely be the consequence; once more his refusal to shirk what he perceives as his responsibility for any reason is a turning point in the story. The main story ends with Morpheus and his sister Death on a desolate peak with a flock of pigeons, echoing a sequence from one of the series' early high points, "The Sound of her Wings" (issue #8). Death asks for Morpheus' hand, and he simply disappears, in a flash of light. Having existed for all but an eternity, Dream of the Endless dies.
Immediately upon the death of Morpheus, Daniel metamorphoses into a new aspect of Dream, with white clothes and hair, and an emerald instead of a ruby.
|Vertigo Jam 1||The Castle||Neil Gaiman||Kevin Nowlan||Kevin Nowlan||Daniel Vozzo||Kevin Nowlan||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|57||The Kindly Ones - 1||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Marc Hempel||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|58||The Kindly Ones - 2||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||D'Israeli||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|59||The Kindly Ones - 3||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||D'Israeli||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|60||The Kindly Ones - 4||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||D'Israeli||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|61||The Kindly Ones - 5||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Marc Hempel / D'Israeli||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|62||The Kindly Ones - 6||Neil Gaiman||Glyn Dillon / Charles Vess / Dean Ornston||Glyn Dillon / Charles Vess / D'Israeli||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|63||The Kindly Ones - 7||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Marc Hempel||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|64||The Kindly Ones - 8||Neil Gaiman||Teddy Kristiansen||Teddy Kristiansen||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|65||The Kindly Ones - 9||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Richard Case||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|66||The Kindly Ones - 10||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Richard Case||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|67||The Kindly Ones - 11||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Richard Case||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|68||The Kindly Ones - 12||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel / Richard Case||Richard Case||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|
|69||The Kindly Ones - 13||Neil Gaiman||Marc Hempel||Marc Hempel||Daniel Vozzo||Todd Klein||Shelly Roeberg||Karen Berger|