My issue with this upcoming version, for what I could peep on the trailers, is that is too clean. Sandman specially the first two or three story arcs, is pretty gritty, dark, and surreal. Some of the actors they've choses seem all too young, to pretty, the wardrobe is too "designed", idk... it just doesn't have the feel of the comics. Some other visual are spot on, and we'll see when the thing is out, but...
You can read the first volume free online atYeah I got that a bit too even without a reference point.
But some stuff does look very good. I'm actually looking forward to it.
I think I'll watch the show before reading the comic, though.
If the book is better then another thing to loom forward to and also prevents the subconscious urge to hold the show up to the book as if it owes the source material deference in how it's adapted.