Sandman is, in my opinion, the greatest work ever in the comic medium. It's just so fucking incredible. Everything from the over-arching storylines to the character development to the incredible nature of the storytelling is just brilliant. I was hooked from the first panel and read through the entire series with a voracious appetite. I was in love with the premise from the start and marvelled at the sheer power of imagination which shines through on each page. Morpheus running through the dreams of different people and animals, from dogs to cats to babies gets me every time. The sojourns into the lives of ordinary people through their dreams are wonderful and truly add depth and detail to the world and the characters inhabiting it. Oh and how about Lucifer!?! That whole storyline is genius! And Hob! The guy who is essentially immortal just because he told Death he wasn't going to die. Brilliant! Neil Gaiman has more ideas on one page of Sandman than other writers manage to come up with in a lifetime.
Also, huge props to the different artists who give each iteration of the comic its own individual identity. Some of the panels in the last two series' are jaw-dropping.
I've got a nicely bound copy of Sandman: Requiem as well the original issues (still sealed and unread, of course) but I've only read the first couple of issues because I'm very conscious of the fact that there will definitely be no more Sandman once I've finished it. I'm intrigued about the film as I think that Preludes & Nocturnes has a lot of potential for a movie. It's a simple story of a character finding things that have been taken from him and restoring normality to the world he is at least partly responsible for. Done well it could be very entertaining, though I think we all know that the comic has too much depth for a movie to even attempt to cover.
Glad there are more Sandman fans in here!
What are your favourite stories? A Game of You is mine. Martin Tenbones gets me every time