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Cover of The Kindly Ones Part One, by Dave McKean

The Kindly Ones
consists of The Sandman issues #57-69 plus Vertigo Jam 1.

The Kindly Ones belongs with the second collection, The Doll's House, and the seventh, Brief Lives, in that it finishes off a story that mostly originated in these collections; but includes elements of Season of Mists and the story of Orpheus, told mostly in Fables and Reflections. The most structurally ambitious of the collections, The Kindly Ones is a single storyline written as a Greek tragedy, with Morpheus as its doomed hero and an aspect of the triad of witches, the Erinyes, as the Greek chorus. It pulls together various threads left dangling throughout the series, notably the grudges against Morpheus of several characters: Hippolyta Hall; the witches themselves; the Norse god Loki; and the witchThessaly. The Kindly Ones also continues several other stories, including that of Cluracan of Faerie and his sister Nuala; that of the Corinthian; and that of Rose Walker and her former landlord Hal.

After Daniel is kidnapped by Loki and Robin Goodfellow, Lyta, his mother convinces herself that Morpheus has killed him and resolves to destroy Morpheus; and finally persuades the Erinyes to do so. In many places, Lyta is depicted as Medusa, and even encounters Medusa's two sisters, Stheno and Euryale. Unbeknownst to Lyta, Daniel is recovered alive and well by Morpheus' servants, the raven Matthew and a restored Corinthian. At length, Morpheus yields to the Erinyes, and the main story ends with Morpheus and his sister Death on a desolate peak with a flock of pigeons; echoing a sequence from one of the series' early high points, "The Sound of her Wings" (issue #8). Death asks for Morpheus' hand, and he disappears. Immediately upon the death of Morpheus, Daniel becomes a new aspect of Dream, with white clothes and hair, and an emerald (identified, in an earlier collection, as 'the heart of Khoschei the Deathless') suspended on his neck and chest.

Issue Title Writer Penciller Inker Colorist Letterer Ast Editor Editor
Vertigo Jam 1 The Castle Neil Gaiman Kevin Nowlan Kevin Nowlan Daniel Vozzo Kevin Nowlan Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
57 The Kindly Ones - 1 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Marc Hempel Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
58 The Kindly Ones - 2 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel D'Israeli Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
59 The Kindly Ones - 3 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel D'Israeli Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
60 The Kindly Ones - 4 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel D'Israeli Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
61 The Kindly Ones - 5 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Marc Hempel / D'Israeli Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
62 The Kindly Ones - 6 Neil Gaiman Glyn Dillon / Charles Vess / Dean Ornston Glyn Dillon / Charles Vess / D'Israeli Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
63 The Kindly Ones - 7 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Marc Hempel Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
64 The Kindly Ones - 8 Neil Gaiman Teddy Kristiansen Teddy Kristiansen Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
65 The Kindly Ones - 9 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Richard Case Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
66 The Kindly Ones - 10 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Richard Case Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
67 The Kindly Ones - 11 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Richard Case Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
68 The Kindly Ones - 12 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel / Richard Case Richard Case Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger
69 The Kindly Ones - 13 Neil Gaiman Marc Hempel Marc Hempel Daniel Vozzo Todd Klein Shelly Roeberg Karen Berger

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