The Comicon Advent Calendar 2022: Day 4 – ‘Sandman Mystery Theatre’

Time to take a moment to open another virtual window here in The Comicon Advent Calendar – every day brings more comic goodness with a seasonal spin…

Today we take a quick look at the Sandman Mystery Theatre story from the very first Vertigo Winters Edge, a seasonal anthology from winter 1997. Matt Wagner and Steven Seagle on writing duties, the great John K Snyder III on art.

If you aren’t aware, it was a great little series set in the 1930s that sort of, tangentially, connected to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, with this Sandman being Wesley Dodds, a somewhat reluctant urban vigilante with a sleeping gas firing gun.

Anyway, for this storyline Wesley Dodds, the Sandman, is out Christmas shopping…

On a seasonal visit to the synagogue to remember his mother, Dodds comes across a woman whose life is all about loss, first her father then her loving protector. It’s all too much, all too painful, all she needs is solace, some peace.

 

But peace is hard to come by sometimes, common thieves targeting the synagogue for gold, uncaring of the peace they shatter…

 

Thankfully, Dodds has other ideas…

And given the time of the year Dodds, does the only thing he can for the poor woman, a little gift for the season, transitory certainly, but solace she’s seeking if only for a little while…

It’s a thoughtful little story, concentrating on the other side of Christmas it’s often easy to forget when faced with all that celebrating and fun. The side of loss and sadness, when the body and mind wind down for the winter and the end of the year, a natural ending that sees us look back on the year and of those who are no longer with us. This captures that sense so well.

Enjoy the season, but don’t go round expecting everyone to share your joy. Empathise, find out what ails them rather than simply writing them off as miserable folks, you never know what help you could be.

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