Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) #30
Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #30. Distant Mirrors: Part 2 of 3: August - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Bryan Talbot & Stan Woch. Cover by Dave McKean.
In classical Rome, during the late, sultry days of Augustus Caesar, the most powerful man in the empire dons ragged robes and masquerades on the streets as a common beggar for one day out of every year. What drives a man capable of destroying entire civilizations to such madness? Haunted by a dark secret known only to the Prince of Stories -- the Sandman -- the revered emperor destined to be worshipped as a god must come to terms with the disturbingly human man beneath the mantle of power.
32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.