Neil Gaiman stunned fans at San Diego Comic-Con – and subsequently online – today when he announced via video that he will be returning to his most famous creation, The Sandman, for a new mini-series to be published by Vertigo next year. This will mark the author’s first new Sandman story since 2003’s Endless Nights anthology, and he explained, “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. It was a story that we discussed telling for Sandman’s 20th anniversary… but the time got away from us. And now, with Sandman’s 25th anniversary year coming up, I’m delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told.” This is very exciting news, as for many comic book fans including myself The Sandman was a gateway into both serious graphic novels as well as Gaiman’s excellent novels, and it’s made all the more exciting by the fact that he is teaming up with the extraordinary J.H. Williams, III, who is the man behind the groundbreaking artwork on Promethea, Desolation Jones and Batwoman: Elegy. Vertigo also released the first piece of artwork for the collaboration today (see below), and I can already tell it’s going to be something special.
Check out Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman announcement and the first piece of J.H. Williams, III artwork below.
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