The Doll’s House Review
The Doll’s House is the second volume of THE SANDMAN series, containing #9-16. It revolves around, of course, Morpheus, and how he deals with a certain problem called the “dream vortex”, which is a threat to the universe. Rose, a protagonist of the volume, is an introduced character, who also has to deal with problems of her own: her family’s distorted lives in relation to dreams. As the two discover new things they have never known, the concept of who’s playing who remains a significant question of the volume.
Although The Doll’s House reveals new intriguing facts and concepts of Gainman’s world, it was not as suspenseful as the first. It is a good sequel for the first, though I did not find the same breathtaking intensity as I did. Perhaps I just found Preludes and Nocturnes suspenseful because the conflict is more difficult to solve when Morpheus has his limits, but The Doll’s House presents a conflict that is all too easy for Morpheus. Introducing new backstories and explaining old concepts, it mainly continues the story of the first rather than build a new one, but it narrates a story rather than it lets it readers feel a story. As a sequel, it was not too bad though, it’s just that I needed more.