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The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Sometimes, nightmares walk the Earth. Every night when you sleep, the Lord of Dreams chooses the path you’ll follow…into a sylvan Elysium, or down the hallways of your darkest fears. And sometimes, if it is Dream’s will, those nightmares escape those halls, and go out into the world. But it is not a choice he makes lightly. Today the Corinthian walks the Earth again. The most feared of all Dream’s nightmares, his ravenous mouths have made him a legend among serial killers. Letting the Corinthian out among mortals is the most dangerous thing Dream could possibly do. But he has no choice-because there is another nightmare walking the Earth, one that must be hunted…and this monster is one that Dream, lord of all nightmares, did not make. Horror-comics superstar James Tynion IV has waited his whole career to pay tribute to the mythos of The Sandman, the work that made him the writer he is today-and that time has come! Designed to welcome new readers into one of the greatest worlds in DC’s library, The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country is a terrifying travelogue through a nation recognizable and obscene, which will show you things seen in no Sandman series ever before-with spectacular art by Lisandro Estherren (Redneck, Strange Skies Over East Berlin) and “nightmare” sequences by comics art all-stars, starting with the incredible Yanick Paquette!

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Print Lenght
29 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    ‘The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country’ #1 is a blend of both beautifully prosaic language and equally disturbing imagery as James Tynion IV captures the appropriate tone and cadence of Neil Gaiman’s much beloved dark corner of the DCU. A promising start to the latest visit to the Dreaming and all its deadly charms.

  • 100

    Is Nightmare Country a story about the land where nightmares roam? Or a country that has, itself, become a nightmare? Both? It will take more issues for the fullness of the plot to reveal itself, but the first issue is asking the right questions: Do you remember your dreams? Fondly? Where have they gone? Can you get them back? Should you? The issue dances beautifully on the border between the waking world and the Dreaming, with stunningly emotive visual storytelling that resonates with haunting clarity. It’s one nightmare from which you won’t want to wake.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    I cannot wait for issue #2! This series has had an amazing start and has already 100% pulled me into the story. Are the two Misters at the end of the book kin to The Corinthian or, even worse, just sick evil human beings the real monsters. Are they also a loving tribute to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere characters, Messrs Croup and Vandemar? Either way, both the human and Nightmare characters have grabbed my attention and left me wanting more.

  • 100


    If you are a fan of The Sandman, Nightmare Country is a dream come true. It has its own voice and look, while still seeming a natural continuation of Neil Gaiman’s saga. Newcomers to the series and horror fans will love it as much as the old guard.

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    It’s easily the best launch out of this universe since The Dreaming, and it’s not a surprise he was not walking away from this opportunity.

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV brings readers back to the beautifully dark and engaging world of the Sandman with a story that focuses on of the more memorable and disturbing creations of Dream. The story is wonderfully dark and disturbing with some compelling characters and situations. There is a great mystery being teased in this first issue and I am intrigued to see what directions it takes and how it expands and evolves the character.

    The Art: Delpeche and Paquette deliver some great visuals throughout the issue. The art has a fantastic sense of mood and tone that draws in the reader with great visual flair and emotion.

  • 93


    Not a bad opening issue, but also not the greatest either as it kind of relies on readers already having some familiarity with The Sandman Universe. So not a great jumping-on point. The story throws you straight in by introducing us to Madison first. She is pretty much your typical young woman that is still dealing with a certain amount of PTSD from having been bullied mercilessly as a kid in school. She is very much a character that most readers will instantly relate to.

  • 90


    It’s hard to gauge if this first issue is too vague and unclear, or just the right amount. I finished this story not quite sure where it goes from here, or how these characters will come together, but I certainly got a taste of each monstrosity and a sense of who the humans of this story are. That lack of clarity, however frustrating it can feel, is a kind of strength and will likely fade away when this is collected.

    Estherren’s style is painterly, yet it’s also colored by Patricio Delpeche. It gives the book a dreamlike quality, with good textures and a hand-painted and drawn feel. The style is very indie, in a good way, and it lends an artistic distinction from most comics on the shelves.

    The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country is delectably weird and haunting. It will stick with you, for better or worse if you value your sleep!

  • 86

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    James Tynion brings his unique brand of horror to the Sandman Universe with Nightmare Country #1, a gruesome and unique read that is sure to please both classic Sandman fans and complete newcomers.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Overall, The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #1 looks like it is going to be a blast. James Tynion IV has left his mark on nearly everything hes worked on and I expect no different here. Plus, there are some stellar artists working on the series, including the always fantastic Simon Bowland, who has lettered several The Sandman Universe titles previously.

  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    It’s darker and bloodier than I expected and even with the lovely art, it won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but it gets a lot onto the page and serves as a strong first issue.

  • 77

    Zona Negativa

  • 74

    Graphic Policy

    Despite being a continuation of what is considered to be one of the greatest comics of all time, Nighmare Country #1 is a middling start to this dreamscape horror yarn. As mentioned several times, its saving grace is the art of Lisandro Estherren and Patricio Delpeche whose hazy line and colors blur the lines between sleep and waking, fear and nightmare. This series might be one to check out in the inevitable trade paperback edition instead of on a monthly basis for now with an uninteresting protagonist and a baddie that is all flash and no substance for now.

  • 70


    Overall, Nightmare County is a solid horror entry into The Sandman Universe. The only major problem with the issue is how messy or chaotic it is. The story and art sometimes felt out of place or more confusing, especially with out-of-place side narratives over-explaining things. It took me a few reads to understand what was happening and why.

  • 60

    Get Your Comic On

    A chillingly dark tale that chills you to the bone, it is bit slow to start but does pick up in pace. The illustrations are dark and doesn’t leave alot untold, I am looking forward to see how the arc unfolds in the hope that it does gather pace.

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