The Corinthian’s hunt for answers about the Smiling Man transcends even his own self-preservation as he returns to the waking world-and his unlikely human partner-in defiance of Dream’s orders. But when he finds out just how many people have seen the Smiling Man? Then the bodies are going to start hitting the floor…
DC Comics NewsSandman Universe: Nightmare Country #4 is about as good a comic as anyone could ask for. Shocks, horror, betrayal, violence, and dark fantasy at its very finest. This series will happily sit on the same shelf as my Sandman originals because it's more than worthy.
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Geek DadIt's a genuinely unsettling take on the zombie trope, and these two villains continue to be the most disturbing figures to enter the Sandman universe sincewell, the Corinithian himself, who has been largely kept out of focus for the last few issues.
AIPTNow at the halfway point, Nightmare Country remains both a loving homage to the original world in which it plays and a near-perfect self-contained horror adventure. While none of the other stories told in this world have been hard to enjoy, few of them have been as carefully subtle about their clear celebratory joy of that world.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: James Tynion IV does a great job with upping the stakes of the story and giving some entertaining back story on the characters. Unfortunately, I kept waiting for something to happen in this issue. It was a good story that has some good moments, but with the exception of the ending, it never really seemed to connect with me because it felt like filler. I look forward to the next issue though because the final page grabbed my attention. The Art: Estherren delivers some great art in the issue. I really enjoyed the character designs and the composition.
Comic WatchIt’s a great time to be reading The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country. This past weekend at SDCC fans saw exclusive first looks at the Sandman series coming out on Netflix next week. James Tynion IV also was named Best Writer at the Eisner Awards. It seems only appropriate that The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #4 is the best of the series so far. Lisandro Estherren’s art with Patricio Delpeche’s colors continues to blow me away. The original series utilized so many different art styles, and I have quickly grown to love Nightmare Country’s unique style for that very reason. Simon Bowland’s lettering ties everything together and does an excellent job binding the art and script together. The series has brought in guest artists to cover segments in the Dreaming. With issue #4, we don’t see the dreaming but we do get pages covering the backstory for Chaste magazine. The segment is illustrated and colored by guest artists Dani and Tamra Bonvillain respectively, and they are some of the series’ most chilling pages. When it comes to the current era of Sandman books, many writers have steered clear of retconning or inserting new ideas into the events of the original series. Writers mainly continue on from where things left off. Tynion did an excellent job covering the history of Chaste. It doesn’t retcon anything, but it does add another layer of creepiness to the early Corinthian appearances, and in turn strengthens the plot of The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country.
ComicBook.comThis issue of The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country features a fun callback to the original Sandman series that's made more than simple Easter egg thanks to Dani's guest artwork elevating everything about it. The main story slows down a bit as Flynn listens to a rich technocrat pontificate about power, but the visuals keep the mood intact. Corinthians' arrival towards the issue's end feels superheroic in an off-key way, but this book is still so filled with gruesome and fascinating creatures that readers may not even notice.