I liked the first story arc of this book, but this second one is not working for me. I’ve thought for a long time that the series needed to have Daniel, the current Sandman, as an active character, and he is now, but even that’s not helping. Writer Simon Spurrier is telling a tale of our own world with several Dreaming characters in it, centering around Rose Walker from Gaiman’s run and her family. Rose is mostly a bystander and narrator, as she attends the last days of her mother and witnesses her daughter having an affair with Dream himself. Lucien is here, and a patient in the same hospital as Rose’s mother and daughter. Odd doings at the Fawney Rig mansion where the first series began are also involved.
The art by Abigail Larson does not appeal to me, it seems more like fan art than professional comics art with oddly distorted faces and figures. That makes the writing less convincing, but I have to say that none of the characters seem to act like the ones I knew from the first Sandman series, and the overall impression is of fan fiction in a gothic romance direction.
All I can say is, I will stick with this to see where it goes, but I didn’t enjoy this issue and can’t recommend it, though I do love the cover art by Tiffany Turrill. Wish the rest were that good.