The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You

The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Shawn McManus with Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, George Pratt, Stan Woch, Dick Giordano and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1993

Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890895

Cover price: $39.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890933

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
Take an apartment house, mix in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine, and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the SANDMAN series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in THE DOLL’S HOUSE, who here finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
THE SANDMAN: A GAME OF YOU tells a fascinating tale of lost childhood dreams and the power that they can wield over reality. Since she was a child, Barbie has dreamed of a world in which she was a princess. But after separating from her husband, she has ceased to dream and her fantasy kingdom has been savagely overrun by an evil entity known as the Cuckoo. Now as elements of her fantasy world cross over and begin to drastically affect reality, Barbie and her friends venture into the realm of dreams to save its peaceful inhabitants. But against the power of dark and dying dreams, even the combined might of a witch, two lesbian lovers, a transsexual, and a decapitated talking head might not be enough to save two different planes of existence.

The fifth collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Shawn McManus, except for issue #34 by Colleen Doran with George Pratt and Dick Giordano and a portion of #36 by Bryan Talbot and Stan Woch. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
Issues #29 to 31 are not included in this collection but appear in the next publication in the series, The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections.


  1. Sandman #32 (1991)
  2. Sandman #33 (1991)
  3. Sandman #34 (1992)
  4. Sandman #35 (1992)
  5. Sandman #36 (1992)
  6. Sandman #37 (1992)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Samuel R. Delany

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