Twenty five years after it all started, Neil Gaiman is going to return to comics, and to the character that made him famous. The Sandman.
The currently untitled 6 issue miniseries, which will debut in 2013, will be drawn by J.H. Williams III, (Promethea, Batwoman) was announced at San Diego Comic-Con today at the Vertigo: A View from the Cutting Edge of Comics Panel, by Gaiman himself, although he was not there to make it. Rather a video of him sitting in Karen Berger’s New York office, reading some key panel’s from his landmark series, briefly referencing what Morpheus was doing before he was captured by Roderick Burgess and his little coven, before announcing he is going to be telling the story of what the Sandman was doing before the events Sandman #1.
Gaiman went on to talk about how not telling this particular story was one of his few things he regretted not doing during the series’ original run, and how excited he is to be returning to tell it now. “When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold: The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war.”
Sadly the only problem I see is that we have to wait 6 months before we get to see the first issue!
Sandman, which practically created DC’s Vertigo imprint, told the story of Dream, a member of the Endless, a family of anthropomorphic personifications of life (that all have names that start with D) was on the cutting edge of storytelling and helped expand what comics could be to whole generation of comics readers, and helped bring comics to the “literary world’s attention. Issue 19 of the series was the first comic to win the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. The series ran for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996, and spawned several spin offs (my favorite the Death, High Cost of Living miniseries).
And to really get you excited, we have not only the video of Gaiman’s announcement at the panel…
But also some art from Williams’ own website. This is seriously a series worth looking forward to.