With the Corinthian loose in the waking world, it’s no surprise that people are turning up dead…although this time, they’re not the nightmare’s doing. (Well, most of them.) The Corinthian is following a trail of bodies to the mysterious Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy…but what’s their game? And even more pressing-whose tracks are they trying to cover?
DC Comics NewsAs with the first issue, Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #2 contains stellar visuals in both stories, with Simon Bowland's great lettering and James Tynion's writing unifying the two tales. This is a fresh, original, and lovely way of telling a story. Two issues and this series is a dream of a read, I can't wait to hold a printed copy of this issue.
SciFiPulseNightmare Country really starts to get going in this issue as Corinthian and Lucien figure out that they have a mystery on their hands when they realize that it is more than just Madison Flynn that has been seeing The Smiling Man. The dialogue between Lucien and Corinthian is so much fun to read because you can imagine it as a movie scene in your head. Overall. A really strong second issue, with a killer cliffhanger.
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The Super Powered FancastThe Story: James Tynion IV crafts an engaging and intriguing story in this issue. There is a great ominous tone to the plot and the character interactions, especially Flynn and the Corinthian. The character itself is dark and threatening enough and the interactions with Flynn are enhanced with the unpredictability of what he might do next. It makes for some great tension as the story moves towards a fun, dark and entertaining climax. The Art: Estherren delivers some wonderful, stylized art that showcases the characters beautifully. There are some wonderful visual details throughout and the art brilliantly captures the dark reality of the waking world as well as the wonder of the Dreaming.
AIPTThe Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #2 is a near-perfect issue, although it relies on the first issue to truly reach that perfection. In many respects, Nightmare Country is beautiful in all its horrors as it explores what lies beneath blending the dreaming and waking life.
ComicBook.comAfter the debut issue's bold tone-setting, The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #2 settles into a slightly slower pace as it lets its mystery unfold. Despite the slower speed, the issue proves no less engaging as Flynn gets to know the nightmare Corinthian just before he's called back home for a talking-to by the Dreaming's librarian. The slightly impressionistic style of the artwork sets the perfect tone for a story straddling the line between dreams and reality. It does wonders to accent the rigid grins of the monstrous Ecstasy and Agony. The style is only briefly interrupted by guest artist Andrea Sorrentino's shadowy depiction of the depths of The Dreaming's library. This series is proving to be a gift for Sandman fans.
Get Your Comic OnA dark story arc that takes you into the deepest parts of the underground taking you on a psychological journey like no other. Captivating and thought provoking, an arc that stays with you even after you finish, wouldn't say the best bed time reading.
Comic WatchCan you trust a walking nightmare? The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #2 asks this question of Flynn, though she doesn’t really get a chance to answer. However, James Tynion IV doesn’t make this question easy to answer. The Corinthian playing detective to track down who, or what, the Smiling Man is an interesting concept and so far it works. Tynion is doing an excellent job reminding readers that the Corinthian might be a nightmare, but he isn’t necessarily an antagonist. Flynn knows he’s a nightmare but still trusts him, or at least lets her guard down enough to interact with him. That being said, I am interested to see what his motives are, and how he will interact with the Smiling Man as well as Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy. The next issue should be interesting and give readers a full sense of what this series is. (...) THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: NIGHTMARE COUNTRY #2 balances gorgeous art and terrifying visuals. There is something here for all Sandman fans.