The Sandman: Season 1 Review

This is a spoiler-free review of Netflix’s The Sandman, which is now streaming on Netflix 

It’s been 32 years since the first issue of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman hit comic stands, and fans have been clamoring for an adaptation of the material for nearly as long.  

Gaiman, Allan Heinberg, David S. Goyer and the team behind the new Netflix series didn’t just meet them – they exceeded them. 

Review: The Sandman Is One Of Netflix’s Best, Boldest, Most Creative Series Yet

The Sandman, Netflix’ newest series and easily one of its best and most expansive, creative series to date: it really works. 

Tom Sturridge is an excellent Dream, with a strong feeling of otherworldly energy alongside a subtle growing empathy.  

The series excels in both worldbuilding and cinematography–it feels mightily close to the source material, with a grandeur, scale, and depth that are enjoyable to see. 

The biggest issue with the series as a whole is that certain subplots as presented aren’t quite fleshed out or connected enough to ‘fit’.  

Netflix’s The Sandman is a great ad for the Sandman comic

The Sandman is effective as an alluring and sometimes odd advertisement for the comic book, which sounds like damning with faint praise but may actually be the desired outcome.