Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Neil Gaiman first introduced us to The Sandman? The DC/Vertigo series, which lasted eight seminal years, is still among the most important comics ever, as far as showing the literary side of the medium. But while Gaiman was able to bring the series to a close the way he saw fit, and though he’s explored the dreamy and magical terrain since – namely in Overture and Endless Nights – there are still corners of the Sandman universe that are ripe for exploration. As such, Vertigo just announced four new Sandman series, with four separate creative teams, all overseen by Gaiman.
The fun starts Aug. 8 with The Sandman Universe #1, a one-shot plotted out by Gaiman and written by the four new writers of the four new monthly series – Si Spurrier (2000AD, Suicide Squad), Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber), Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed), and Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians) – with art by Bilquis Everly and a cover by Jae Lee.
“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,” said Gaiman in a statement. “I get to see the joy in these brilliant people whom I’ve selected, as they get their chance to play in this world.”
The one-shot will reintroduce the Sandman universe and establish the conflicts to be explored in the four new books: The Dreaming by Spurrier, House of Whispers by Hopkinson, Lucifer by Watters, and Books of Magic by Howard. According to Entertainment Weekly, the biggest hangup sounds like it’ll be the fact that main character Dream has disappeared, giving rise to chaos. There’s also a new rift between worlds, a dreamt-up book that falls into the waking world, Lucifer has fallen again, and there's a new neighbor for the Houses of Mystery and Secrets: The House of Whispers. And Timothy Hunter and the Books of Magic will also be further explored.
“It’s a new Tim Hunter for a new time, and the old Tim Hunter may well have existed, and that may actually have ramifications for us a little bit down the line,” Gaiman told EW.
There’s plenty more to learn about this magical comic development, some of which will hopefully be covered at Vertigo’s Emerald City Comic Con panel on Saturday, March 3, which you can stream live right here! For now, check out Vertigo's covers in the gallery below, and let us know what you hope to see in the new Sandman Universe!