There really is not much to say besides how much I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. I am glad that I just went and bought the first three novels. My library didn't have this copy, but also the one I read (volume 2) was much older and with these new editions I bought, I can see a lot easier while reading.
In "Preludes and Nocturnes" I get to see how Dream got locked away and how that impacted the world. I wish now that I had read this volume before volume 2 since now certain things seem really cruel (i.e. the whole thing with Nada).
Through a spell a group of people manage to imprison Dream (ie The Sandman) and eventually he is able to escape, but damage has been done. The world has dealt with a sleep sickness and Dream being locked away has actually affected more things than even he knows.
Volume 1 really just showcases Dream going forth and trying to find his sandbag, helmet, and a ruby.
We get to follow Dream as he meets with characters like John Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, Morningstar (Lucifer), his sister Death, and even characters from Batman via Arkham Asylum.
The writing was great though some parts of the book were gross (speaking of when John lays eyes on his ex-lover and he finds out what has became of her). We get to see that Dream can be cruel and also compassionate at times.
I really loved the colors and graphics in this one a lot. The story flowed perfectly from issue to issue to the end. I think my favorite part honestly was when Dream and Death went on a little tour.
I can see why this is such a favorite with so many people.