In Sandman #2 ~ Imperfect Dreams ~ focuses at first on Cain and Able of The Holy Bible as The Dream King is finally free of his capture by The Magus .
Don’t be a Moronic lump of blubbering quaking, pathetic lard!
Open the box! Unwrap it!
Uh. B-but it isn’t my Birthday
Of course it isn’t your birthday powder brain! You don’t have a Birthday!
Ummm… No I, uh… Don’t, do I? You, uh p-promise it isn’t going to, hmmm,
Now, why would I give you an exploding present? What kind of a brother would I
Be if I did that?
My kind of b-brother. The, uh, the kind who kills me whenever he’s, uh… Mad at me
Or bored, or just in a lousy m-mood.
JUST OPEN YOUR BLASTED PRESENT!
The rest of the second issue has the Dream King looking for the three items that were stolen as he was imprisoned. He meets the 3 Fates…
Maiden, there was a pouch of sand. It was stolen from me.
An Englishman, John Constantine. He was the last to purchase your pouch.
He has it still?
One question, one answer. The rules, my lord.
I see. Then your question ALL-MOTHER. My Helm… what happened to it?
Traded with a demon, my dove, many years ago. Long gone from the mortal plane.
One question, my Honeysuckle and one answer.
Crone a final question for you. My Stone, my Dreamstone, my Ruby Moonstone who has that now?
Hee! Your gem passed through a Mother to a Son who tapped its dream magiks for his own ends… Until it… and
His dreams were taken away from him, by the Superhumans. Ask the League Of Justice about its present Whereabouts.
But where…? No, one answer only… I know…. Thank you weird sisters.
With that done, The Dream King heads off to meet John Constantine to recover one of his objects.
See you in The Sandman #3: Dream A Little Dream Of Me.