History ComicBook / TheSandman

19th Sep '17 1:43:36 AM SinNanna
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** The strip club where Tiffany and Ishtar work is called "Suffragette City" and the segment containing Ishtar's LastDance is called "Wham bam thank you ma'am", yet another Music/DavidBowie shout out.
18th Sep '17 11:29:53 PM SinNanna
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* BrownNote: [[LoveDeity Ishtar's]] Dance is so unbelievably hot that it causes all men who see it to die of arousal.
--> "And Shep Cayce, who hasn't had an erection in a dozen years, is ejaculating violently - again, and again, and again: and now he's coming blood and he ''doesn't care''."



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Discussed by one of the serial killers in "The Collectors". It caused something of a stir when Gaiman first wrote it in, with his editor protesting that "characters in Franchise/TheDCUniverse don't masturbate!" Gaiman replied that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny this explained a lot about the DC Universe]].

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Discussed by one of the serial killers in "The Collectors". It caused something of a stir when Gaiman first wrote it in, with his editor protesting that "characters in Franchise/TheDCUniverse don't masturbate!" Gaiman replied that [[CrowningMomentOfFunny this explained a lot about the DC Universe]]. Also mentioned by Tiffany in ''Brief Lives'', when she bemoans how she keeps getting into relationships with scumbags.



* LifeWillKillYou: An overarching theme and motif of "The Sound of Her Wings." As something of a DayInTheLife episode for Death, the issue features many, many minor characters who all meet mundane ends, such as electrocution, cat accidents, and even [[spoiler:Sudden Infant Death Syndrome]].

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* LifeWillKillYou: An overarching theme and motif of "The Sound of Her Wings." As something of a DayInTheLife episode for Death, the issue features many, many minor characters who all meet mundane ends, such as electrocution, cat accidents, and even [[spoiler:Sudden Infant Death Syndrome]]. Demonstrated again in ''Brief Lives'', where a man who's been alive for 15,000 years dies because of a random construction accident.
--> '''Death:''' You got a lifetime. No more. No less.
31st Aug '17 11:31:07 PM SinNanna
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* KingIncognito: The story "Avgvst" is about the Roman emperor Augustus and his confidant, the dwarf Lycius, disguising themselves as beggars and anonymously panhandling in the market square. It's initially assumed to be a case of him eavesdropping on his people to learn the state of the Empire.
[[spoiler: It turns out that Dream told him to do it because it's a place where "the gods cannot see him think", and it's here where he ultimately decides against [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar's]] dream of a Rome that would last for 10,000 years, choosing to instead limit the Empire's expansion so that it would eventually collapse. It's implied he does this as revenge for Caesar sexually abusing him and deciding his fate for him as a young man]].

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* KingIncognito: The story "Avgvst" is about the Roman emperor Augustus and his confidant, the dwarf Lycius, disguising themselves as beggars and anonymously panhandling in the market square. It's initially assumed to be a case of him eavesdropping on his people to learn the state of the Empire.
Empire.[[spoiler: It turns out that Dream told him to do it because it's a place where "the gods cannot see him think", and it's here where he ultimately decides against [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar's]] dream of a Rome that would last for 10,000 years, choosing to instead limit the Empire's expansion so that it would eventually collapse. It's implied he does this as revenge for Caesar sexually abusing him and deciding his fate for him as a young man]].
31st Aug '17 11:26:23 PM SinNanna
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* EldritchLocation: ''Most'' of the settings in the series are this, especially the Dreaming and its various outlying lands. There are also "soft places" in our world that intersect with the Dreaming and thus exist outside of linear time, which includes the desert of Lob, "a few thousand miles of square miles of central Australia, a couple of Pacific islands, a field in Ireland, and an occasional mountain in Arizona[[note]] As in, the mountain is only occasionally there[[/note]]", according to Fiddler's Green, who is [[GeniusLoci himself one]].

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* EldritchLocation: ''Most'' of the settings in the series are this, especially the Dreaming and its various outlying lands. There are also "soft places" in our world that intersect with the Dreaming and thus exist outside of linear time, which includes the desert of Lob, "a few thousand miles of square miles of central Australia, a couple of Pacific islands, a field in Ireland, and an occasional mountain in Arizona[[note]] As in, the mountain is only occasionally there[[/note]]", according to Fiddler's Green, who is [[GeniusLoci himself one]].


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* SceneryGorn: Hell, as is to be expected.
* SceneryPorn: The series has some seriously gorgeous background art. Special mention goes to the Dreaming.
31st Aug '17 11:21:44 PM SinNanna
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* EldritchLocation: ''Most'' of the settings in the series are this, especially the Dreaming and its various outlying lands. There are also "soft places" in our world that intersect with the Dreaming and thus exist outside of linear time, which includes the desert of Lob, "a few thousand miles of square miles of central Australia, a couple of Pacific islands, a field in Ireland, and an occasional mountain in Arizona[[note]] As in, the mountain is only occasionally there[[/note]]", according to Fiddler's Green, who is [[GeniusLoci himself one]].


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* InfantImmortality: Heartbreakingly averted in "The Sound of Her Wings", [[spoiler: with an actual infant, no less. One of the people Death claims that day is an infant who randomly dies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome]].


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* KingIncognito: The story "Avgvst" is about the Roman emperor Augustus and his confidant, the dwarf Lycius, disguising themselves as beggars and anonymously panhandling in the market square. It's initially assumed to be a case of him eavesdropping on his people to learn the state of the Empire.
[[spoiler: It turns out that Dream told him to do it because it's a place where "the gods cannot see him think", and it's here where he ultimately decides against [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar's]] dream of a Rome that would last for 10,000 years, choosing to instead limit the Empire's expansion so that it would eventually collapse. It's implied he does this as revenge for Caesar sexually abusing him and deciding his fate for him as a young man]].
17th Aug '17 3:26:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* AngelicTransformation: Played with, where Lucifer resigns as the ruler of Hell and gets Dream to cut off his wings, appearing to give up his angelic abilities. However, in a later arc, he claims that he never actually gave up his powers.
15th Aug '17 6:47:17 PM Orbiting
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* CastOfPersonifications: The main characters are "The Endless", a family of seven anthropomorphic personifications of universal concepts, around whom much of the series revolves; while they can die, a new being representing their concept will always appear to replace them. From eldest to youngest, they are Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium.
4th Aug '17 3:38:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AntiVillain: Lyta thinks that she's avenging the murder of her husband and son, which is not, in itself, a bad thing. The problem is that she's hurting scores of innocent people in the process. Also, the Kindly Ones don't care about her son, they only care about revenge, and while they're only [[BlueAndOrangeMorality fullfilling their role in the universe]], they go about it in a pitiless and ruthless fashion.

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* AntiVillain: Lyta thinks that she's avenging the murder of her husband and son, which is not, in itself, a bad thing. The problem is that she's hurting scores of innocent people in the process. Also, the Kindly Ones don't care about her son, they only care about revenge, {{revenge}}, and while they're only [[BlueAndOrangeMorality fullfilling their role in the universe]], they go about it in a pitiless and ruthless fashion.
28th Jul '17 7:35:44 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ArabianNightsDays: One story features this version of Baghdad, which Caliph Harun al-Raschid finds so wonderful that he is haunted by the knowledge that it will someday end. He calls on Morpheus to preserve it forever, [[spoiler:and he obliges by [[RealityWarper changing it]] into [[TheMagicGoesAway a more mundane version of the city]], but causing the Arabian Nights Days version to live on in stories and dreams]].
20th Jun '17 7:43:48 AM Sunburst
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Dream is notoriously [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] and [[JerkAss insensitive]] towards others - so much so he condemns a former lover to Hell and leaves Orpheus to his fate because both hurt his pride, tactlessly warns Lyta Hall he will come for her son, to mention just a few examples. However, in "Men of Good Fortune", he clearly opposes slavery.
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