DC Entertainment is sprucing up its Vertigo line in a big way, which includes Neil Gaiman’s first new Sandman story in more than a decade. The influential and groundbreaking series dazzled readers around the world, but sadly ended in 1996. Sandman: Overture is a six-issue miniseries that kicks off on October 30, 2013 and will be published on a bimonthly basis. Artwork will be done by JH Williams III, known for his striking work on Chase, Promethea, Batwoman, and Detective Comics. Here’s a press release quote with Gaiman’s thoughts on the new book:
This is the one story that we never got to tell. In Sandman #1 Morpheus is captured somehow. Later on in the series, you learn he was returning from somewhere far, far away — but we never got to the story of what he was doing and what had happened. This is our chance to tell that story, and J.H. Williams III is drawing it. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.
I’m so, so psyched for this book. I loved the Sandman comics. The “Season of Mists” storyline is one of my all-time favorites. Gaiman is one of the most imaginative and captivating comic-book writers in the world and I’m thrilled that he’s coming back for another run with Morpheus. I have high (like Mount Olympus high) hopes for the new book.
How about you? Are excited for Neil Gaiman’s return to Sandman?