The Sandman: Brief Lives

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Dark fantasy

Brief Lives (1994) is the seventh collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman. Written by Neil Gaiman, penciled by Jill Thompson, inked by Vince Locke and Dick Giordano, coloured by Danny Vozzo, and lettered by Todd Klein.

The issues in the collection first appeared in 1992 and 1993. The collection first appeared in paperback and hardback in 1994.

It was preceded by Fables and Reflections and followed by Worlds' End.

Contents

Synopsis

(#41) Chapter 1

This story opens up in Greece, where an old man named Andros and his armed family play the modern role of "the priests of Orpheus" and guard a "little temple on a cliff". In the temple rests the head of Orpheus and the tomb of Lady Constantine.

The next scene follows Delirium as she goes from lying on the street with a beggar to a sex club (where she confuses a Gothic-looking girl with her older sister, Death). Instead, Desire arrives to take to her to Desire's own realm. Delirium wants to find her brother, but Desire refuses, so Delirium goes to the mirrored realm of Despair, where again, she is turned down for her request. The mirrors of Despair are windows that show an "existence that's fallen" to Despair and include a recently discovered child molestor.

Despair's memories then flash back to another scene, centuries past, in the times of the Plague.

There, a cheery Destruction converses with her about change. Despair is heard saying:

Some things are changeless. / People love, and die, they dream, destroy, despair, go mad. They fulfill their destinies, love out the course of their lives. / We fulfill our function, as they fulfill theirs... / That will not change.

To which Destruction replies:

You think not? / Ahhh. Aye well, perhaps you are right, after all. / We will see.

A troubled Desire then asks Despair's help in stopping Delirium's search for "the Prodigal". Desire receives no response from Despair.

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