“There must be a Hell, for without Hell, Heaven has no meaning.”–Remiel
Season of Mists is one of my favorite story arcs in Sandman. It brings us back to the main arc, continuing on from events portrayed in The Doll’s House.
In this arc, Destiny receives a visit from the Fates. Destiny is the eldest of the Endless and carries a book with him–a book that tells him every single event: past, present, and future. This volume also introduces Delirium, the youngest of the Endless. Delirium was once known as Delight, but she soon turned insane, turning her into what she is now. Gaiman has said that he based Delirium on Tori Amos. Because I’ve listened to (and enjoyed) her music, I cannot think of a better model. Tori Amos is insane!
Desire once again attempts to twist the knife in Dream, reminding him of how Nada spurned his affections, causing him to condemn her to Hell. Surprisingly, even Death agrees that Dream should go to Hell to undo this great wrong.
When Dream arrives in Hell, he’s in for a shock. Lucifer has decided to abdicate the throne and hand it over to him. This will kill two birds with one stone. He is still rebelling against God’s plan and he will also gain revenge against Dream for humiliating him in the first volume. He doesn’t need to kill Dream; those who wish to own Hell in Lucifer’s place will do that for him, or so he thinks. Dream does not wish to rule over Hell. To make matters worse, with no ruler, the damned are rising. Death is too busy trying to keep her realm in check to help her brother.