GRAPHIC NOVELS

House of Whispers. Vol. 1: The Power Divided

Image. (Sandman Universe). Jul. 2019. 200p. ISBN 9781401291358. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781779502209. Rated: Mature. FANTASY
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In the magical land of the Dreaming, Daniel the Sandman rejects his position overseeing mortal dreams. This power vacuum creates ripples throughout the universe, even reaching the voodoo loa of love and beauty Erzulie Freda. Living by the river in New Orleans in her House of Whispers, she feeds off the devotion of her followers and grants boons where she can brighten the lives and loves of her worshippers. However, an imaginary text of plagues from Dream’s library inexplicably gets into the hands of a mortal Earth family under her protection, and diseases generated by the book begin to split the souls out of living bodies upon contact, leaving them with a waking death. The tumultuous events also drag Erzulie, her home, and her most devolved friend Uncle Monday the Alligator King back into the dream world. Cut off from her followers and weakening by the minute, Erzulie must learn to escape from the Dreaming and stop the destruction of all humanity?
VERDICT A new story existing in Gaiman’s Sandman Universe, this ongoing series, cowritten by Nalo Hopkinson (Midnight Robber) and Dan Watters (24 Panels; Limbo), collects the first story line in a delightfully dark magical adventure that credibly utilizes the wonderful Americana of mythic New Orleans as the enchanted setting.

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