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The Dream Continues With 'The Sandman Universe'

Written by sdsichero on Friday, March 02 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

The Dream Continues With 'The Sandman Universe'

Gaiman to oversee new one-shot and line of comics

Source: Neil Gaiman announces new Sandman Universe line of comics — exclusive

It's been 30 years and writer Neil Gaiman won't rest on the title he is probably most associated with in comics, The Sandman. While the author is not coming back to write any Sandman titles at the moment he will be there to oversee a new line of Vertigo comics under the The Sandman Universe brand. Four new series will born under the brand, picking up the stories from The Sandman comic, while also adding new characters and concepts.

sandmanuniverse.jpgCharacters from The Sandman Universe


The project begins with a big bang in August with The Sandman Universe #1 one-shot special. Gaiman will plot this issue, which will have the writers of the four Universe series -- Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Si Spurrier, and Dan Watters -- doing individual stories. Art for this issue will be done by Bilquis Everly, with a cover by Jae Lee. Here's how Entertainment Weekly describes the issue:

The project kicks off this August with The Sandman Universe one-shot special, which will catch readers up on what's been 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 Dreaming also has an important new resident, now that a House of Whispers has appeared alongside Cain's House of Mystery and Abel's House of Secrets. Meanwhile, Lucifer (the David Bowie-esque devil who originated in the pages of The Sandman before ending up on his own Fox show) has fallen once more, though now he might be in a Hell of his own design. And down in London, a young boy named Timothy Hunter alternates between dreams of becoming the world's greatest magician and nightmares of becoming its worst villain.


sandmanuniverse1cvr.jpgThe Sandman Universe #1 cover by Jae Lee


Hopkinson will write House of Whispers and 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.


houserofwhispers1cvrHouse of Whispers #1 cover


Howard will write Books of Magic, which will 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.


booksofmagic1cvr.jpgBooks of Magic #1 cover


Spurrier will write The Dreaming, which will follow The Sandman supporting characters like Lucien the librarian and Matthew the Raven as they navigate a Dreaming without Dream.


dreaming1cvr.jpgThe Dreaming #1 cover

Watters will write Lucifer, 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.


lucifer1cvr.jpgLucifer #1 cover


No artists have been announced for the individual titles yet. Though Gaiman will not be the writer on any of these titles, he has teased that he wants to return to the universe himself someday:

"… there are still areas of it that have velvet ropes set up and "do not disturb" signs hanging on the door. People will ask, "Can we do this?" and I'll be like, "No." Some of that is because one day I will want to go there and tell those stories, even if it's not for another 5 or 10 years."


You can find out more in the interview with Gaiman at the source link.


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