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15 Portraits of Despair - 'Sandman: Endless Nights' Chapter Four

Endless Nights, one chapter at a time, one episode at a time. We've reached the most challenging chapter.

Sandman Endless Nights Chapter Four Despair

Welcome to our Sleepwalking Through Sandman, our reoccurring Patreon podcast series, where we work through Neil Gaiman's epic, one issue at a time, one episode at a time. In this entry, we're discussing Sandman: Endless Nights Chapter Four. Listen to the unedited audio HERE.


We were a little worried about this one. Every other chapter of Sandman: Endless Nights calls urgently toward our imaginations, but we both resist Despair's realm for different reasons. Many others may feel the same way, and many others may feel the opposite. We were thinking of all of you as we worked through the latest entry in our Sleepwalking Through Sandman series. And, as always, we're eager to hear from you in the comments.

Sandman: Endless Nights chapter four, "15 Portraits of Despair," leans heavily into an idea briefly touched upon in the main Sandman series. Along with artist Barron Storey, Neil Gaiman drags his readers across the other side of the mirror, where humanity loses hope and fades into Despair's realm. Is the chapter enjoyable? Is that question relevant? We try to figure it out and get vulnerable on mic.

We're more than halfway through Sandman: Endless Nights with only two Endless siblings left to explore. We're eager to complete the graphic novel and excited to reflect on how Endless Nights ultimately colors the rest of Sandman. Last week's discussion around chapter three was a revelation. Should we expect more shocks before we turn the last page of this anthology? Stay tuned.

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Sandman: Endless Nights Chapter Four Credits

Sandman: Endless Nights was published by DC Comics in 2003. Chapter Two was written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Barron Storey, lettered by Todd Klein, group edited by Jeb Woodard, edited by Scott Nybakken. Characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg.

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