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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 12

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at one of the earliest cool moments in Neil Gaiman’s classic Sandman run.

Enjoy!

This moment is so neat, it was even turned into political propaganda early last year (in the Democratic primaries)

During the early issues of Sandman, Morpheus was just released from many decades of captivity, so he had to reclaim his lost totems of power (a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby).

His journey to regain these items led to encounters with regular DC superhero characters like the Martian Manhunter and Doctor Destiny (the book was a lot more tied to the DC Universe back then).

However much he needed these items, he was too weak to just TAKE them, so when he encountered the demon, Choronzon, who had the helm, he had to instead challenge him to a game of wits.

Each person would think of something and the other would name something more powerful until one could no longer name something more powerful than the other.

Here, then, is Neil Gaiman’s brilliant piece of writing showing Morpheus defeating Choronzon in Sandman #4 (Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg do a fine job on the art, too).

Choronzon: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

Morpheus: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

Choronzon: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

Morpheus: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

Choronzon: I am a snake, spider-devouring, poison-toothed.

Morpheus: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy footed.

Choronzon: I am an anthrax, butcher, bacterium, warm-life destroying.

Morpheus: I am a world, space-floating, life nurturing.

Choronzon: I am a nova, all-exploding… planet-cremating.

Morpheus: I am the Universe — all things encompassing, all life embracing.

Choronzon: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds… of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

Morpheus: I am hope.

Awesome.

28 Comments

Man, it IS a cool moment, but it’s, like…the fifth time in three months that you’ve brought this one up(exaggerating, but still).

Why not some rad moments from “The Doll’s House” or “A Game Of You” when it comes to Sandman stuff?

This was made into a political ad banner for websites by some Obama fan during the Democratic primary. (Yes, Hillary played Choronzon.)

Right, hence the “This moment is so neat, it was even turned into political propaganda early last year (in the Democratic primaries)” part. ;)

Man, it IS a cool moment, but it’s, like…the fifth time in three months that you’ve brought this one up(exaggerating, but still).

Going from “twice in two months” to “five times in three months” is a bit more than simply exaggerating.

Exaggerating or not, Chris does have a point- you could very well do a whole month of just cool moments from Sandman. The series is that amazing.

I exaggerate to the point of silliness on the internet, like I do in real life, which isn’t the best idea, since people can’t as easily see that I’m being a goober via internet.

I swear, though, I’ve seen that image more than twice on this blog in a very short span of time.

Tom Fitzpatrick

January 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I loved that gruesome joke that Gaiman wrote in the Doll’s House, I think it was in Sandman # 14.

The emcee (who’s a serial killer) was making a joke at a serial killers convention, before introducing a real nasty serial killer who’s one of Morpheus dream functions.

“No, he used a scythe.”

I read that when I was in the 7th Grade and it STILL gives me the willies.

My favorite moment so far is when Morpheus is getting ready to go back to hell, and is telling his subjects how dangerous it is, and that he might not come back. The raven says, “well, at least you’ll have the element of surprise,” and Morpheus tells him that he already sent word to Lucifer that he was coming. Because Morpheus is that freaking awesome.

My favorite Sandman moment is the “title panel,” if you would, of Brief Lives. The chocolate lovers. So much magic in that comic; and from my only top favorite comic writer who ISN’T a practicing magician..

This is my favourite comic moment of all time, and the one that I show people who are sitting on the fence about reading comics. The whole battle is a masterpiece of poetry and art, and the “I am hope” leaves me with a feeling of awe and humility and contentment and….connectedness.
I suppose it is the closest that this agnostic boy has ever had to an epiphany – knowing that regardless of what disasters occur and the evil that humans do to one another and the planet there is always hope

And it never fails to get people reading Sandman comics either !

I remember reading this scene for the first time and having goosebumps, Although my favourite Sandman story is the one about the cats.

Has anyone got a link to that Obama ad?

yes. yes. yes. best moment on here since the ditko spidey lifting stuff one

I really loved Sam Keith’s monsters and demons in the backgrounds…

Yep, it’s one of my favourite comics moments, too. Good calls all round!

Five times in three months isn’t that bad an exaggeration, since it was mentioned in the comments on the original voting thread and the post-mortem of the top 25 comment thread as well…

Five times in three months isn’t that bad an exaggeration, since it was mentioned in the comments on the original voting thread and the post-mortem of the top 25 comment thread as well…

Come on, Jeff…”the fifth time in three months that you’ve brought this one up(exaggerating, but still).”

I did not mention it in the comments on the original voting thread and I did not mention it in the post-mortem of the top 25 comment thread as well.

The only time I’ve ever mentioned the scene on the blog was once last month and once this month, so it was weird to see a complaint about overusing it.

That said, NOW I’ve mentioned it three times with the propaganda entry. ;)

Nice choice. I think that moment inspired this sequence from Xavier: Renegade Angel.

Yeah, that’s a cracker. There’s another one just as good in that same issue (or the one right after it, I don’t recall) when Lucifer asks Dream why he should be allowed to leave Hell. Great stuff.

Damn good moment. It’s so hard to think of what my favorite moment in Sandman is. The comic is so full of them. Though my favorite arc is easy. I love how “The Doll’s House” has all those plot threads that start out feeling separate and then just collide together. The scenes in the serial killer’s convention are just wonderfully surreal and creepy. I’d also say that A Game of You is a very, very close second. Barbie’s dream about Wanda and Death is one of the major possibilities for my favorite moment. Thinking about it gets me misty eyed.

[…] Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources » A Year of Cool … – However much he needed these items, he was too weak to just TAKE them, so when he encountered the demon, Choronzon, who had the helm, he had to instead challenge him to a game of wits. Each person would think of something and the other … […]

Ugh. Easily the weakest issue of the entire Sandman run. So many great moments and the “beat poets in hell” pages are what’s chosen? Yuck.

And then the Care Bears showed up and blasted Choronzon with their Care bear Stare.

great moment. i must say one of my favorite moments in the sandman is in the kindly ones whe sandman decides to keep the scar the furies gave him.

wetstereorebel

March 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Four years after the fact and I feel compelled to tell my favorite Sandman moment. If memory serves, it’s from the same issue as this, when Morpheus is leaving Hell and Lucifer tries to stop him.

“What power do you have in hell?” asks Lucifer.

“What power would Hell have if no one dreamed of Heaven?” said Morpheus.*

*it’s been several years since I read the issue, so I’m paraphrasing. Still, an incredible moment.

Hope. it defies all negativity. Gaiman is brilliance immortalized. i will buy the rest of the TPB.

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