Which issues of the graphic novels does The Sandman on Netflix adapt?

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Netflix invites you to experience the dark fantasy of one of the most eagerly anticipated series in recent memory. Of course, we’re talking about The Sandman.

The new series is based on the comic book series of the same name by Neil Gaiman and devoted fans of his work will be pleased to learn that he himself co-developed the show with David S Goyer and Allan Heinberg.

Published by DC Comics, the original graphic novel series ran from January 1889 to March 1996, spanning 75 issues in total and made up of ten trade paperbacks. Now, Netflix audiences can witness the story of Dream (played by Tom Sturridge) on the screen, a cosmic being who controls dreams that is left to pick up the pieces after he’s been held captive for years.

With season 1 offering 10 episodes to binge, it’s worth considering how much of the story these instalments offer. So, which issues of the graphic novels does The Sandman on Netflix adapt?

The Sandman. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

Which graphic novels does The Sandman on Netflix adapt?

Season 1 covers the first two books of The Sandman.

Titled Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House, these two graphic novels contain issues #1 – 16, with Preludes containing the first 8 and The Doll’s House made up of issues 9 through 16.

Interestingly, those already familiar with the graphic novels may have noticed that the first four episodes of the Netflix series are named after the first four issues; Sleep of the Just, Imperfect Hosts, Dream a Little Dream of Me, and A Hope in Hell.

Neil Gaiman recently clarified the situation on Twitter.

The Sandman graphic novels by issue

Check out the list of The Sandman graphic novels and which issues they’re made up of below:

  • Preludes and Nocturnes collecting The Sandman #1–8
  • The Doll’s House collecting The Sandman #9–16
  • Dream Country collecting The Sandman #17–20
  • Season of Mists collecting The Sandman #21–28
  • A Game of You collecting The Sandman #32–37
  • Fables and Reflections collecting The Sandman #29–31, 38–40, 50
  • Brief Lives collecting The Sandman #41–49
  • Worlds’ End collecting The Sandman #51–56
  • The Kindly Ones collecting The Sandman #57–69
  • The Wake collecting The Sandman #70–75

The Sandman | Official Trailer | Netflix



The Sandman | Official Trailer | Netflix






‘Don’t stop before episode six’

With The Sandman graphic novels split into 10 books, it’s perhaps not too surprising that Neil Gaiman has suggested his thoughts on the best way to tackle season 1 of the series.

“I think that 10 episodes is probably too long for people to sit down and do an all day listening party,” he told IGN in a recent interview:

“… honestly, I think the emotional impact of all 10 episodes at once is probably going to destroy you… I would say that for anybody who was doing the giant viewing party, or planning to take the day off or whatever, I’d say go to episode six.”

He continued: “Don’t stop before episode six, but get to episode six and then have a day off to digest before you go back and do The Doll’s House.”

The Sandman is streaming exclusively on Netflix.

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