Bill Sienkiewicz 2003: Sandman: Endless Nights

After a long absence, Neil Gaiman returned to the Sandman series in 2003 with the help of Dave McKean, Milo Manara, Frank Quitely, Miigeulanxo Prado, P. Craig Russell, Barron Storey, Glenn Fabry, and of course, Bill Sienkiewicz; who each drew a separate chapter devoted to one of the Endless.

Sienkiewicz takes on Delirium, in which an assortment of mentally unstable people gather to rescue her from within her own realm. Told from the perspectives of the demented rescuers, the narrative is superficially incoherent, but the reader can nonetheless get the gist of the story just as if the characters’ mad ramblings were like a half-learned language.

While Sienkiewicz doesn’t have an extensive background with these characters, it goes beyond saying that his art is perfectly suited for Delirium, oscillating between disquieting and beauty. He illustrates the unbalanced rescuers as black and white figures amongst a painted world, underlining how detached they are from the world.



I always buy Darwyn Cooke’s work because he never fails to put a huge smile on my face. -His ‘Parker’ books are freaking awesome. -His tenure on Catwoman, collected as ‘Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score’ was the best thing that has happened for the character that I can recall. Darwyn turned a cheesecake character from the ’90s into a badass crime-caper book for the new Millenium. -‘DC: the New Frontier’ is one of the highest-caliber books DC has done since ‘Batman: the Dark Knight Returns’. And it is a bombshell of a love note to DC comics from the 50s and 60s in the process.

-By the way, Darwyn did the lead design for the opening ‘Batman: Beyond’ animated title sequence. Bruce Timm did the art for the original Batman: the Animated Series. Darwyn did ‘Batman: Beyond’, which followed ‘the New Adventures of Batman and Superman’ onto Fox Kids back in the late 90s-early2000s. Watch that show again. Trust me: I’m from the internets and I know what you like.