Entertainment Weekly has reported that Neil Gaiman is returning to The Sandman for its 30th anniversary with an exciting new project. With DC Comics, Neil Gaiman will be launching four ongoing Sandman Universe series. He will oversee the new titles, but they will be written and illustrated by new creative teams.
The project is set to start in August with a Sandman Universe one-shot, which will get readers up to speed with what’s happening in Dream’s realm:
The most salient fact is that Dream has now gone missing, leaving chaos in his wake. Other important developments include the opening of a rift between worlds, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Dream’s official librarian Lucien is still in charge of all the books that were dreamed and never written, but now, one of those books has wound up in the waking world, to be discovered by a group of children.
The four new series to follow are:
- House of Whispers, written by Nalo Hopkinson; a series that will “explore how the voodoo deity Erzulie ended up in the Dreaming with her titular house. It might have something to do with a comatose woman named Latoya, whose girlfriend and sisters used the Book of Whispers to try and heal her. Now out of her coma, Latoya is suffering from the Cotard’s Delusion belief that she’s already dead, and is transmitting her belief to others, catalyzing them to become guardians of the gap that has opened in the Dreaming.”
- Books of Magic, written by Kat Howard; a “follow up on Gaiman’s 1990 miniseries of the same name and explore Timothy Hunter’s magical education as he’s torn between two powerful destinies.”
- The Dreaming, written by Si Spurrier; a series following “The Sandman supporting characters like Lucien the librarian and Matthew the Raven as they navigate a Dreaming without Dream.”
- Lucifer, written by Dan Watters; “which finds the titular devil blind and destitute, trapped living in a small boarding house in a quiet town where no one can ever leave.”
While the artists for the new series have not been announced, the opening one-shot will have art from Bilquis Everly and a cover by Jae Lee.
Neil Gaiman worked closely with the Vertigo editorial team to create the line up for these comics, and has clear been enjoying the process:
Let’s bring it all back, let’s have fun with it. So for me, the joy is just sitting with smart writers who love the material and saying, “Let’s go play.”
Sandman Universe will be hitting shelves in August 2018. Get the rest of the scoop (and the gorgeous cover art) over at Entertainment Weekly.