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The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #2

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

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?

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    As 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.
  • 96


    Nightmare 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.
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The 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.
  • 95


    The 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.
  • 80

    After 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.
  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    A 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.
  • 78

    Comic Watch

    Can 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.

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About the Author: James Tynion IV

James Tynion IV (born December 14, 1987) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life

James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.


After a few years working in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, in the midst of the acclaimed “Night of the Owls” comic book storyline, starting with Batman #8. In this comic, he tied the Court of Owls mythology to Alfred Pennyworth’s father, Jarvis Pennyworth, working with noted American Vampire artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Tynion went on to co-write Batman Annual #1 with Snyder, for artist Jason Fabok, which reintroduced classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze into the present day continuity. Continuing on the back-up stories in the main Batman title, Tynion launched a spin-off of the Night of the Owls storyline with the ongoing comic series, Talon, which ran for 18 issues. Tynion followed up Talon with a brief stint on the title Red Hood and the Outlaws in which he re-introduced a number of members of The League of Assassins back into Batman continuity.

In 2013, Tynion paired with artist Jeremy Rock to co-create his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid‘s digital comic publisher Thrillbent. The series, an apocalyptic blend of political intrigue and body horror, was nominated for the 2013 Ghastly Award for Best Web Comic. Tynion followed up the series with an additional digital horror comic for Thrillbent, The House In The Wall, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel and drawn by Eryk Donovan.

In 2014, Tynion launched his two biggest series to date. He was named as one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City. The series would bring classic Batman characters like Carmine Falcone, Hush, Vicki Vale, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and the original Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley, into the New 52 DC continuity. He also launched the original series The Woods, for BOOM! Studios, with artist Michael Dialynas, which proved to be the highest selling original series at that publisher since Mark Waid’s Irredeemable, with the first issue selling out on a distributor level. The series was given an unprecedented full series order, guaranteeing that it will run to its planned conclusion at issue #36. He followed up The Woods with a three-issue apocalyptic horror miniseries for BOOM! Studios, titled Memetic, which paired him with artist Eryk Donovan once again.

In 2015, Tynion was announced as one of the co-writers of the new Constantine: The Hellblazer series alongside Ming Doyle and artist Riley Rossmo, as a part of the DCYou publishing initiative at DC Comics. Tynion also was announced as the writer of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with DC and IDW Publishing, the first meeting between the two franchises. The series launched in December 2015 as DC Comics’ sixth best selling title for the entire year. He also launched two new creator owned series through Boom! Studios, UFOlogy, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox, and Cognetic, the spiritual sequel to Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan.

At Wondercon in 2016, James Tynion IV was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC’s Rebirth initiative. The new series launched in June of that year with the classic numbering restored starting with issue #934, and featured Batman and Batwoman as co-leads alongside an initial team of Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface.

Tynion has worked on a number of additional titles for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Thrillbent. Tynion became the new writer for Batman as of (vol. 3) #86.

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Tynion would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

Personal life

James Tynion IV is openly bisexual.

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]