Morpheus or Dream, is one of the most iconic characters in the world of comics. Here we tell you who he is and some of the curiosities of the characters
To the streaming series The Sandman of Netflixbased on the comic of the same name by Neil Gaiman has already been released.
Although the comic is already years old, The Sandman It is still considered a cult work among fans whose tastes go beyond superhero comics, as it tells a long-running story full of complex themes and its own mythology, but with enough connection to the DC Universe to help readers who are beginning to find small details of DC in the history of Morpheus o Sleepthe most common names by which the cosmic being popularly known as The Sandman. But who is Morpheus?, Where are you from?. We will try to explain it to you below.
The origin of Morpheus
Although surprising, Morpheus he is a legacy character. the character of Neil Gaiman takes its name and some inspiration from the Sandman from golden age of comics. The original character was called Wesley Doddswhich with the name of Sandman he fought crime with a gas mask and a gun that fired sleeping gas at his enemies, then threw sand on them and put them to sleep until the police apprehended them.
The character had his series between 1974 and 1976. He was forgotten until Neil Gaiman proposed the idea of resurrecting the series Sandman. The editor of DC, Karen Bergerhe only put one condition: “There is only one [condición]. We would like a new Sandman. Keep the name. But the rest depends on you ».
From there, Gaiman created the new Sandman, Morpheusand its amazing world.
Who is Morpheus in The Sandman?
The story of Morpheus It starts from the beginning, literally. What Sleep of the eternalmetaphysical beings that represent 7 forces of nature, Morpheus it is essentially the living embodiment of dreams and sleep and has existed since sentient beings began to dream and experience imagination. In fact, despite appearances, the eternalincluding the Sleepare actually formless, nonphysical entities that present themselves differently to different people and cultures.
As can be understood, Morpheus it is almost as old as the universe itself, and it is destined to exist until the last living beings in the universe die and stop dreaming. as one of the eternal and natural force of the universe itself, Morpheus it is bigger and older than the gods themselves. Still, despite his greatness, he can become as imperfect as human beings themselves.
When it starts The Sandman, Roderick Burgessa British sorcerer, catches Morpheus accidentally when he was trying to capture his older sister, Death, whom he intended to imprison to grant him eternal life. While Morpheus imprisoned for over a century, he loses the symbols of his office, his dream stone, his mask, and his dream sandbag. Furthermore, one of his creations, the Corinthianunleashes chaos on the Tierra being freed from its creator.
The Sandman is a story of self-discovery, because having spent so much time in prison, Morpheus You will have time to think about your existence and your past mistakes.
The Sandman in the DC Universe
when it was published The Sandman in 1989, the story took place directly in the DC Universewith cameos from the Justice League, Etrigan the Demon, Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Doctor Fate and many more characters from DC.
Shortly after the debut of The Sandman, DC Comics transferred several of his more mature titles, such as Sandman, light blazer y The Thing of the quagmire to your new label Vertigo Comicsa line designed to show stories, characters and content that would not have a place in the DC Universe conventional.
This separation of DC Universe allowed him to The Sandman incorporate a more mature and darker narrative into their issues, but also largely separated the title from the sequel to the comics from DCalthough there would be some crossings, especially after the completion of The Sandman in 1996.
Since then, Morpheus and the eternal have remained largely separate from the DC Universealthough in the Action Comics #894 from 2010, Lex Luthor had an encounter with her own Deathsister of Morpheuswhile on a cosmic quest to master the power over life and death.
The Sandman is already available in Netflix.