Today (Wednesday, October 30) Vertigo has released “The Sandman: Overture #1,” the brand-new prequel to Neil Gaiman’s classic series.
Fear not, fans of the original; Gaiman himself is once again at the helm, writing this promising new entry into the vertigo lineup. Acclaimed artist J.H. Williams is illustrating the book. Dave McKean, who drew the covers for the original Sandman, will be back for Overture as well.
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Neil Gaiman returns to Vertigo with
The Sandman: Overture
BURBANK, Calif. (October 30, 2013) – Twenty-five years ago The Sandman entered our dreams.
The New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman returns to the world of The Endless with a new story – The Sandman: Overture, with the first installment of the six-issue series hitting stores and available digitally today. The comic marks Gaiman’s first Sandman story in ten years.
Gaiman’s transcendent series, pairing him with some of comic’s most acclaimed artistic talents, is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale spotlighting the forces that exist beyond life and death, and wove ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales together to create his own distinct, narrative vision.
Joining Gaiman is artistic luminary J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to Morpheus’ origin story.
“When I finished writing Sandman, there was one tale still untold,” said Gaiman. “The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in “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.”
Asaph Bitner is a staff writer for Capeless Crusader. His other activities include studying for a college degree and dreaming of visiting the Song Of Ice And Fire universe as a future-tech-wielding Jedi secret agent. You can follow him on twitter at @AsaphBitner.