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The Sandman Review: Ambitious Netflix Adaptation Overcomes Its Growing Pains

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Conversations around adaptations as big as Netflix's The Sandman series tend to be dominated by the idea of «faithfulness,» which is usually one of the least interesting ways to talk about them.

It condemns the new work to living in the shadow of the old one, which has the unbeatable advantage of being 100% faithful to itself, instead of allowing both to benefit from being so deeply in conversation with one another.

But, in The Sandman's case, faithfulness offers a useful lens through which to view the successes and failures of this enterprise.

While some structural and character changes were deemed necessary, there are lengthy stretches that seem to recreate scenes from Neil Gaiman's comics word-for-word, or bring certain panels to life with sometimes startling exactitude.

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