Yes, he’s written stories about the Endless and the dream world but deep down you always knew Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Stardust) would return to Morpheus eventually and 25 years after he launched one of the most important comic book series ever published, the fan-favorite scribe and screenwriter will be launching a new mini-series of The Sandman and be paired by artist extraordinaire, J.H. Williams III who many savvy comic readers will know his work on Promethea with Alan Moore and dazzling readers with his imaginative and lush layouts in Batwoman! This is one heavy-duty team-up.
Gaiman’s announcement was made via video at Vertigo’s editorial panel led by Vertigo Executive Editor, Karen Berger who said, “There’s nothing like having Neil back home on The Sandman, his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of.”
The untitled mini-series will be an untold tale originally meant for the 20th Anniversary, but instead it’s five years later and tells what happened that led to Morpheus’ capture in The Sandman #1 and as Gaiman put it, “why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war… I’m delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told.”
Below is a sample of Williams’ art style and layouts on Batwoman. If you’ve never seen his work before, be prepared to be blown away. These 2-page spreads will excite you about this collaboration. This announcement should also give a boost to sales of the Absolute Sandman, the Slipcase collection of Sandman and yes, the recently released Annotated edition of Sandman.