Neil Gaiman to oversee The Sandman Universe line for Vertigo
Few writers have had an impact on comics like Neil Gaiman, and few series have been as influential and celebrated as his acclaimed The Sandman. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo from 1989-1996, the series followed Morpheus, the King of Dreams and one of seven members of the Endless. Combining equal parts horror, fantasy, and Shakespearean literature, the series was as fantastic as it was tragic, following Morpheus toward his inevitable fate.
Since the series ended in 1996, several characters from the series have popped up here and there, with Morpheus' successor Daniel having a crucial role in Dark Nights: Metal. Besides that, the world of the Dreaming has been relatively quiet for the past two decades.
Until today, that is.
In a huge surprise announcement, DC Comics have revealed that Gaiman himself will spearhead a new line of Sandman universe for their Vertigo imprint. The exclusive report from Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Gaiman and covers for The Sandman Universe one-shot that will debut this August, along with covers and details for four subsequent spinoff series. The one-shot will be plotted by Gaiman, written by Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Si Spurrier, and Dan Watters, and illustrated by Bilquis Evely with a cover from Jae Lee. Each writer will take a book apiece in the line, with titles including The Dreaming and a relaunched The Books of Magic, though no artists have been announced.
UPDATE: DC Comics have sent us lots of new info, including a full press release, series descriptions, and a video announcement from Gaiman. Check it out below.
VERTIGO REUNITES WITH LEGENDARY AUTHOR NEIL GAIMAN TO CURATE ‘THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE’
BURBANK, CA (March 1, 2018) – DC Entertainment announces the creation of The Sandman Universe, a new Vertigo line of comic books curated by Neil Gaiman, conjuring epic storytelling, immersing readers into the evolving world of the Dreaming. The Sandman Universe begins with four new ongoing series, existing in a shared universe, building upon Gaiman’s New York Times best-selling series that lyrically weaved together stories of dreams and magic.
“The Sandman Universe has always been very close and personal to me and I am thrilled to open up the world once again to an extremely talented group of writers and artists,” explains Gaiman. “I get to see the joy in these brilliant people whom I’ve selected, as they get their chance to play in this world.”
Each writer was hand-selected by Gaiman for the following series:
THE DREAMING by Si Spurrier(2000AD, SUICIDE SQUAD)
HOUSE OF WHISPERS by Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, New Moon’s Arms)
LUCIFER by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed comic series)
BOOKS OF MAGIC by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians)
The new line will begin August 8, 2018 with THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1, a one-shot story plotted by Gaiman and co-written by the four series writers. The issue will reintroduce the Sandman Universe and its characters, while establishing conflicts that will be examined in the monthly comic books., THE DREAMING and HOUSE OF WHISPERS will debut in September with LUCIFER and BOOKS OF MAGIC hitting shelves in October.
Vertigo is helmed by Executive Editor Mark Doyle, who returned to Vertigo last year after over-site of the Batman group of titles for DC, bringing a new editorial voice to the beloved imprint.
Gaiman continues, “We have a chance to remind people how fun this universe is, and with the new editorial direction from Mark Doyle, I believe we may create just a bit more magic for years to come.”
“Vertigo changed my life,” states Doyle. “I found Vertigo at a time when I was bored with comics, then I read SANDMAN and my head exploded. Suddenly I saw all these endless storytelling possibilities. I knew I had to get into comics and I had to get into Vertigo. To return to the imprint and work with Neil Gaiman to expand the Sandman Universe—it’s honestly a dream come true.”
Indie comic convention Emerald City Comic Con will feature a Vertigo panel on Saturday, March 3, join the conversation to hear more about these new series.
THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE:
•About THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1
The story is plotted by Gaiman and written by Spurrier, Hopkinson, Watters and Howard, featuring art by Bilquis Evely with cover art by Jae Lee.
Daniel, the lord of Dreams, has gone missing and it causes chaos in the kingdom of dreams…A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, A book from Lucien’s library of all the unwritten books ever dreamed is discovered by a group of children in the waking world. Simultaneously, a new House appears—the House of Whispers—joining the Houses of Secret and Mystery in the Dreaming. Its proprietor is a fortune teller called Erzulie, whom the inhabitants of the Dreaming suspect may be responsible for all the strange goings on. Elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be in a Hell of his own design. And in London, a young boy named Timothy Hunter sleeps, in his dreams he becomes the world's most powerful magician, but in his nightmares, he becomes the world’s worst villain, which future will become reality?
From the mind of Neil Gaiman, a new world filled with dreams and nightmares, all of his wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
•About THE DREAMING
There is a place where gods are born and stories are spun. But twenty-three years after he was anointed as its master, Dream of the Endless has inexplicably abandoned the dreaming. His absence triggers a series of crimes and calamities which consume the lives of those already tangled in his fate, among them Lucien the librarian, Matthew the Raven, and Dora, a monstress without memories. But while they struggle to restore the King to his throne, they face intrigues from within and conquest from without. As usurpers circle the defenceless domain and an impossible shadow awaits its own birth beside a rip in reality, the denizens of the Dreaming play out their stories of loss and love, resignation and resistance.
•About HOUSE OF WHISPERS
Latoya is in a coma. Her girlfriend enlists the help of Latoya’s two younger sisters. Using the Book of Whispers, they mistakenly steal the essence of Erzulie, a deity of voodoo mythology. The psychic blowback of the spell causes her house to crash into the Dreaming, beside the Houses of Secrets and Mystery and their custodians, Cain and Abel.
In the real world, the awakened young woman suffers a mystical form of Cotard’s Delusion—she believes she is already dead, and she’s transmitting her belief to others, causing them to become guardians of the Gap that has appeared in the Dreaming.
A few years ago, the devil vanished. Some people say he died or simply ran away, while others believe he never existed at all. But we aren’t some people. No. This is the one true story of what happened to the Prince of Lies, the Bringer of Light—Lucifer, the blind, destitute old man, who lives in a small boarding house in a quiet little town, where nothing is quite what it seems and no one can leave. He’s trapped, you see? Trapped in a bizarre prison with no memory of how he got there or why. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a dying policeman believes his suffering may be a call to a divine mission—one that draws him towards revelations regarding the devil himself.
•About BOOKS OF MAGIC
Timothy Hunter may be destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but he’s still a London teenager and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. It's not like he can use magic to pass his exams, stop being bullied, or convince his cute friend to date him. And while Tim’s trying to live his life, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him, and turn him into a merciless mage. Oh, and those are the good guys. Luckily, his new substitute teacher is more than she appears, and may be able to help Tim discover the mystery behind the Books of Magic…