After his long imprisonment for most of the 20th century, Dream (aka Sandman or Morpheus) has a lot of catching and cleaning up to do. Four members of the Dreaming have gone missing: Brute, Glob, the Corinthian, and Fiddler's Green. Also disturbing is the fact that a Vortex has appeared on Earth, in the person of Rose, the 20-year-old granddaughter of Unity Kincaid, who was in a coma-sleep through most of the 20th century while Dream was imprisoned. Rose has gone searching for her missing brother Jed, who was adopted out to foster parents who abuse him. When Jed manages to escape, he is picked up by the Corinthian on his way to a "Cereal" (serial killers) convention in rural Georgia. Rose and a new benefactor, Gilbert (actually Fiddler's Green) put up at the same hotel, and Dream must intervene to protect her and her brother. First published in 1989, this was the series in which Gaiman fully established the character of Morpheus. It includes "Men of Good Fortune," the story of Robert Gadling, whom Dream makes at least temporarily immortal and meets for a drink every hundred years from 1389 to 1989.
This report prepared by David Loftus