It’s not in the Corinthian’s nature to save a life-but if he wants to understand the nature of the Smiling Man, he’s going to have to protect one of the few people to have ever seen him. Unfortunately, considering the strict orders he’s been given by Dream, saving a life very much endangers his own…
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: James Tynion IV crafts a haunting, dark and dangerous story in this issue. The plot takes some great turns throughout and the danger of Agony and Ecstasy makes the story more engaging. I love the scope of the story and how it is expanding as well as how the characters are beginning to intertwine. I am invested in this story and its characters. I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. The Art: Estherren delivers some fantastic art on every page of the issue. There are some awesome visual moments that are both engaging and scary at the same time.
Geek DadWonderfully haunting and beautiful, with deliriously creepy visuals of newly-formed nightmares, it’s the perfect example of how the creative teams’ imagination drives this series. After all, we can’t really have a series about nightmares without some surreal visuals, can we? More than any other book in the Sandman Universe line, this one feels like it’s paying tribute to the original vision.
ComicBook.comAt three issues in, Nightmare Country remains one of the best additions to The Sandman Universe since the original series ended. This issue dispels some of the thematic mystery swirling around the series in an overly direct manner as the newly introduced "banker" practically speaks directly to the reader to lay everything out. Yet, the issue more than makes up for it with guest artist Francesco Francavilla crafting this month's glimpse into the dreaming, a moody vignette depicting the Corinthian on the shores of night. Meanwhile, the regular creative team continues to deliver dreamlike, twilight visuals and some truly horrific scenes. Nightmare ventriloquism with a fresh human skull? Yes, please.
AIPTThe Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country has to be the creepiest comic out right now. The characters, the situations they're in, and the unknown players all add up to an unnerving story that's perfectly balanced with what Neil Gaiman gave us 30 some odd years ago.
DC Comics NewsAngelic niggles aside, Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #3 was another great read and I'm still invested in Madison Flynn and the ever-developing Corinthian. Plus; who do Agony and Ecstasy report to? How do the Corinthian and the Smiling Man figure into everything? Why does Madison dream of creatures with mouths for eyes? I'm looking forward to finding out.
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Comic WatchThings are heating up in THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: NIGHTMARE COUNTRY #3, and not just because Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy are setting everything on fire.