Read the First Volume of The Sandman for Free on DC Infinite Universe

In just over two weeks, The Sandman arrives on Netflix. We haven’t seen much of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic book since the first trailer landed, back in June (though presumably that will change this weekend, with San Diego Comic-Con imminent!)—though Entertainment Weekly recently shared a photo that will look very familiar to readers of the comics.

If you haven’t yet read the comic, though, now’s the perfect time to start: DC Infinite Universe is offering the first volume free (with registration, and only in the U.S.).

The first volume collected the first eight comics under the title Preludes and Nocturnes, and based on the footage Netflix has shown so far, the show will cover some of this ground: the earliest look at the show included Dream (Tom Sturridge)’s capture by Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance), who is trying to catch Dream’s sister, Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). Dream spends years as a captive, and when he’s able to escape and return to his own realm… things have changed.

The cover copy for the collected volume explains pretty neatly why you might want to read it:

An occultist attempting to capture the physical embodiment of Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power to reclaim his reign. From there, one of the greatest series in the history of the graphic novel genre begins…

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series The Sandman is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in comics storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

This graphic novel—a perfect jumping-on points for any reader—includes the introductions of Morpheus, Lucifer and The Endless, all intricate parts of this enduring series that is still as relevant today as ever.

DC’s tweet doesn’t say how long the issues will be free to read, so hop on that now if you want a solid introduction to the world of the Endless!

The Sandman premieres on Netflix on August 5th.

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