“The only thing wrong with the first season…” ‘The Sandman’ Comic Book Creator Voices His Opinion on the TV Show’s Shortcoming

Published 08/09/2022, 8:00 PM EDT

August is the finest month for the fans of Neil Gaiman and comic book lovers, as they witnessed the masterpiece, The Sandman, getting translated from a comic book to a live-action adaptation. While the show is getting wonderful reviews, this one creator of the original comic book points out the only thing that’s missing from the show on-screen.

Colleen Doran, an American writer-artist and cartoonist, speaks about Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman. She illustrated hundreds of comics, graphic novels, books, and magazines. And she has also worked with Neil Gaiman closely. The newly-released fantasy series The Sandman caught her eye, and she couldn’t stop herself from pointing out this ONLY flaw. Keep reading to find out what is that missing thing in the show.

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The only thing missing in The Sandman adaptation

Colleen pours love for the adaptation and the characters, especially for Dream. She praises Tom Sturridge for his remarkable performance. She says that Tom, as Dream, has brought something on-screen that we rarely see enough. His restraint, subtlety, and a knife’s edge elegance won over her heart. No one other than Tom would have portrayed the character perfectly, as they would have missed the quiet grace, menace, and brittle fragility. “But with Sturridge as #Sandman he is like a whirlpool you fall into,” writes Colleen.

Tom commands attention with small moments. Even when his power is unleashed, he is grand and stately. She also appreciates The Corinthian portrayed by Boyd Holbrook and Mason Alexander Park (Desire). But this one flaw that she points out is a little surprising. She writes, “The only thing wrong with the first season of #Sandmanonneetflix was that it was too short.” 

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Who is Colleen Doran?

Doran is a cartoonist and has worked closely with Neil Gaiman. She adapted and did the art for the short story Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman, which became a New York Times bestseller. Her 2019 graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman’s short story Snow, Glass, Apples won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.

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Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples was also nominated for the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society for Best Graphic Novel. It won the 2020 Ringo Award for Best Graphic Novel, with Doran nominated for Best Artist. It received an Honorable Mention at the Rondo Classic Horror Awards for Best Comic.

She also illustrated the works of Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Joe R. Lansdale, Anne Rice, J. Michael Straczynski, Peter David, and Tori Amos. Notable credits include The Sandman, Wonder Woman, Legion of Superheroes, Teen Titans, The Vampire Diaries comics, Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and her space opera series, A Distant Soil.

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Therefore, fans would agree with her when she points out the one flaw in the adaptation. What is your opinion about this flaw? Do you also think the same? Share your views with us in the comment box.

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Neha Chande

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Neha Rajesh Chande is a writer at Netflix Junkie. She has pursued her master's degree with English Literature. Previously, she's been a facilitator and a lecturer of English and Communication Skills.

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