Graphic novel fans rejoice – Neil Gaiman is revisiting the world of The Sandman 25 years after the critically acclaimed graphic novel’s release. The announcement was made at the San Diego Comic Con, with Gaiman appearing via video to confirm the news.
According to Vertigo Executive Editor Karen Berger, Gaiman will be teaming up with artist JH Williams III (Batwoman) for the new series. The new The Sandman mini-series will be released by Vertigo in 2013.
Making the announcement, Gaiman stated, “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.”
“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story,” said Berger, “and there’s nothing like having Neil back home on The Sandman, his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of.”
Details on The Sandman [Courtesy of Vertigo]:
With more than 7 million copies sold in nine different languages, Gaiman’s multi-volume magnum opus The Sandman features literature’s most dysfunctional family—Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream. The critically acclaimed Vertigo fantasy series transformed the landscape of comics, helping to usher in an era of more compelling and sophisticated storytelling. Combining mythology and literature in an epic story, it is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. It has garnered nineteen Eisner and six Harvey Awards, and is the only comic book to win the World Fantasy Award. The original series ran 75 issues and has been collected in ten Volumes, five Absolute Editions (plus Absolute DEATH) and is now being collected in The Annotated Sandman. Other Sandman related titles include Sandman: Endless Nights, Sandman: The Dream Hunters, and Sandman Mystery Theatre.