History YMMV / TheSandman

20th Oct '17 8:59:31 PM poi99
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** Wanda was a character explicitly stated to be transgender, back when something like that rarely ever happened. Now that transgender characters are more common and understood, her character is being examined much more closely. In particular, there's the fact that she dies ([[BuryYourGays a common fate for gay and transgender characters]]), and that the Moon denies her the right to accompany her female housemates to the Land because she wasn't born a woman. For what it's worth, Gaiman based Wanda on a trans woman he actually knew at the time (Thessaly was based on one of her critics, who he disagreed with), and said that he wouldn't write her the same way now. But he's still proud of her, and she's undeniably a good, loyal friend to Barbie, and Barbie treats her like the woman she knows she is.

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** Wanda was a character explicitly stated to be transgender, back when something like that rarely ever happened. Now that transgender characters are more common and understood, her character is being examined much more closely. In particular, there's closely, particularly the fact that she dies ([[BuryYourGays a common fate for gay and transgender characters]]), and that the Moon denies her the right to accompany her female housemates to the Land because she wasn't born a woman.characters]]). For what it's worth, Gaiman based Wanda on a trans woman he actually knew at the time (Thessaly was based on one of her critics, who he disagreed with), and said that he wouldn't write her the same way now. But he's still proud of her, and she's undeniably a good, loyal friend to Barbie, and Barbie treats her like the woman she knows she is.
20th Oct '17 8:55:44 PM poi99
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** Alternately, issue #13 ("Men of Good Fortune") [[note]]The issue that introduced Hob Gadling[[/note]] could be seen as this. It marked a big step in the series breaking from its {{horror}} roots, being a [[LighterAndSofter largely comical]] story that gave humans and the Endless equal dramatic focus and featured supernatural elements as plot devices instead of as the focus of the story. It was also the first time that the series delved into historical fiction (something that it became known for), and it largely started the series' tradition of {{subvert|ed trope}}ing and {{deconstruct|ed trope}}ing popular fantasy tropes, featuring a notable {{subver|ted trope}}sion of WhoWantsToLiveForever.

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** Alternately, issue #13 ("Men of Good Fortune") [[note]]The issue that introduced Hob Gadling[[/note]] could be seen as this. It marked a big step in the series breaking from its {{horror}} roots, being a [[LighterAndSofter largely comical]] story that gave humans and the Endless equal dramatic focus focus, and featured supernatural elements as plot devices instead of as the focus of the story. It was also the first time that the series delved into historical fiction (something that it became known for), and it largely started the series' tradition of {{subvert|ed trope}}ing and {{deconstruct|ed trope}}ing popular fantasy tropes, featuring a notable {{subver|ted trope}}sion of WhoWantsToLiveForever.
18th Sep '17 11:35:11 PM SinNanna
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* {{Narm}}: The line below under {{Squick}}, both for how over the top it is, and because it may remind some readers of a certain Music/CannibalCorpse song...
23rd Aug '17 5:35:01 PM BeastC
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* {{Squick}}: "Shep Cayle, 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." ''Ewww...''
24th Jun '17 7:46:57 PM Temmere
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*** Gaiman himself stated that Desire was an antagonist mainly because Dream was the protagonist; a story told from Desire's point of view might very well make Dream a villain.


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* AuthorsSavingThrow: Hell being ruled by a triumvirate when Dream first goes there was editorially mandated; for some reason they didn't want Lucifer ruling Hell alone. When Dream goes back a little later in "Season of Mists" and Lucifer is the sole ruler, he says he let demons play games and declare themselves rulers mainly just to relieve the boredom (and says he could probably have destroyed every demon in Hell without much trouble).
11th Mar '17 2:57:04 AM C2
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* HilariousInHindsight: Martian Manhunter's reply to Clark Kent in ''The Wake'' that he never had a dream where he was an actor in a TV show. Some years later, he will presumably start having dreams where he's a [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague voice actor]], or maybe a bunch of animation cels.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Martian Manhunter's reply to Clark Kent in ''The Wake'' that he never had a dream where he was an actor in a strange TV show. Some years later, he will presumably start having dreams where he's a [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague voice actor]], or maybe a bunch of animation cels.
11th Mar '17 2:52:27 AM C2
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* HilariousInHindsight: Martian Manhunter's reply to Clark Kent in ''The Wake'' that he never had a dream where he was an actor in a TV show. Some years later, he will presumably start having dreams where he's a [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague voice actor]], or maybe a bunch of animation cels.
27th Jan '17 6:01:56 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AwesomeArt: When not subjected to TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodLineArt, the art of the series was pretty spectacular

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* AwesomeArt: SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: When not subjected to TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodLineArt, the art of the series was pretty spectacular
21st Nov '16 1:18:01 AM DrPsyche
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Desire naturally comes across as evil and petty, making it an obvious villain. Given, however, that the personality of each Endless is to some extent a reflection of their function and not easily changed, Desire might be understood not as malevolent, but rather amoral. Much like Delirium is insane, Destiny is indifferent or Dream is aloof, Desire is as reckless, volatile and cruel as desire itself.

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Desire naturally comes across as evil and petty, making it an obvious villain. Given, however, that the personality of each Endless is to some extent a reflection of their function and not easily changed, Desire might be understood not as malevolent, but rather amoral. Much like Delirium is insane, Destiny is indifferent or Dream is aloof, Desire is as reckless, volatile and cruel as desire itself.itself.
** Remiel is a perfectly capable ruler of Hell. While he's pompous and switching Hell's goal from "punishment" to "redemption" is seen as tediously unnecessary and a sign that he's incompetent at his job; in actuality he's still fulfilling the same role as Lucifer, keeping the damned souls in the tortuous afterlife as intended. When the damned claim that the idea that they're being redeemed rather than punished "makes hell worse," it could just be a new type of suffering rather than an inability to understand how Hell's "supposed" to run.
7th Aug '16 6:31:03 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: When it was first released, "A Game of You" got a very chilly reception from much of the fandom for veering away from the series' larger plot to focus on the adventures of a handful of smaller characters, only a few of whom had any connection to previous arcs. Plus it's kind of depressing, {{Anvilicious}}, and has a DownerEnding. On the other hand, it featured some of the few sympathetic LGBT characters available in comics at the time and earned Gaiman an award from GLAAD.

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* BaseBreaker: BrokenBase: When it was first released, "A Game of You" got a very chilly reception from much of the fandom for veering away from the series' larger plot to focus on the adventures of a handful of smaller characters, only a few of whom had any connection to previous arcs. Plus it's kind of depressing, {{Anvilicious}}, and has a DownerEnding. On the other hand, it featured some of the few sympathetic LGBT characters available in comics at the time and earned Gaiman an award from GLAAD.
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