Fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who wrote 75 issues of The Sandman comics from 1988 to 1996, will be teaming up with artist J.H. Williams III for a new mini-series set before the events of Sandman #1. The mini-series will be released by DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint, and will focus on the character Dream, a.k.a. Morpheus. Dream is a member of the Endless, a dysfunctional family of seven siblings whose names all begin with the letter “D.” The announcement was made via a recorded message, which you can watch below, from Vertigo’s office during the imprint’s Thursday afternoon panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
In the official press release issued on DC’s website, Gaiman said,
“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.”
The Sandman series are among the few graphic novels to appear on the New York Times bestsellers list, and have sold 7 million copies worldwide. Gaiman has won several awards including Bram Stoker, Hugo, Nebula, Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal. He is the first author to win a Newbery and Carnegie Medal for the same work, The Graveyard Book.
Neil Gaiman’s new Sandman mini-series is unnamed so far, but what is known is that it will hit shelves in 2013.