Kelley Jones, Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Season of Mists - Comic Strip
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The Sandman: Season of Mists

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1992
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28 x 43 cm (11.02 x 16.93 in.)
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The Sandman: Season of Mists, issue 23 page 14

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Neil Gaiman est l'un de mes auteurs favoris, aussi bien pour ses romans comme Neverwhere ou American Gods que pour sa série The Sandman, et l'arc "Season of Mists" est clairement mon arc préféré de The Sandman. On y découvre d'abord la famille des Endless presque au complet (Destiny, Death, Dream, Despair, Desire, Delirium - Destruction n'apparaît que plus tard) et la complexité de leurs relations. On y découvre également le thème récurrent de l'exercice du pouvoir et des responsabilités qu'il implique. On y découvre enfin un Lucifer qui a décidé d'abandonner les siennes et de mettre la clé des Enfers dans les mains de Morpheus, ce qui attirera les convoitises de nombreuses divinités d'autant de religions / cultures.

Cette planche de Season of Mists nous plonge au coeur de cette histoire. Lucifer, accompagné de Morpheus (alias Dream ou encore Sandman), fait un dernier tour des Enfers pour en chasser les derniers démons et fermer définitivement chaque porte. Une scène clé et un dessin d'une grande finesse. Il se dégage de cette planche beaucoup de nostalgie, Lucifer est fatigué et abattu, il abandonne sa charge et ses devoirs. Dream est perplexe et ne sait plus quoi dire. "It's over. I am leaving. And I have closed down Hell".


(Interview Highlights) On whether he's ever started to scare himself as he explored a theme

"That did happen several times while I was writing it. There was a story called "Season of Mists," which essentially is what happens when Lucifer quits hell and closes it down, and throws everyone out.

Suddenly hell becomes the largest place of desirable psychic real estate in the universe, and poor Dream winds up having to decide between angels; there are lords of chaos and order, there are Japanese gods and Greek gods, all of them ... essentially cosmic real estate developers, all wanting to take it over, and he has to deal with the consequences thereof.

And you come up with a story like that and you go, this is just too weird! And then you have magical artists working with you and people making it happen, and at the end of it you feel — delighted, and rather terribly proud of yourself."


Neil Gaiman, interview pour NPR (octobre 2013)


Season of Mists a reçu l'Eisner Award du meilleur numéro ou one-shot en 1992 et le prix du meilleur scénario 2004 au festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême.

Publication

  • La saison des brumes
  • Delcourt
  • 10/2003
  • Page 77

See also:   Sandman

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About Kelley Jones

Kelley Jones (born July 23, 1962, in Sacramento, California) is an American comic book artist best known for his work on Batman with writer Doug Moench and on The Sandman with writer Neil Gaiman. He grew up in Citrus Heights. Kelley Jones entered the comics industry as an inker for Marvel Comics with his first published work appearing in Micronauts #52 (May 1983). He penciled issue #59 (Aug. 1984) and when the series was relaunched as Micronauts: The New Voyages in October 1984, he continued penciling the series through most of its 20 issue run. At DC Comics, Jones redesigned Deadman, making the character look thin and skeletal. Deadman's face, formerly drawn to resemble a normal human's head with pale white skin, now looked like a skull. In 1990 and 1991, he drew several issues of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series with contributions to the "Dream Country" and "Season of Mists" story arcs. Jones and inker John Beatty collaborated with writer Doug Moench on a series of Batman tales including Batman: Dark Joker the Wild and the vampire Batman trilogy beginning with Batman & Dracula: Red Rain. Jones drew the covers for many of the chapters of the "Batman: Knightfall" crossover storyline. He became the penciler of Batman with issue #515 (Feb. 1995) and worked on such story arcs as "Contagion".