We’ll be along with a recap of some of the news you may have missed at Comic-Con International yesterday in a bit. This just couldn’t rest. It was revealed at the Vertigo Comics panel yesterday - Neil Gaiman is set to do a Sandman prequel mini-series for them in 2013. With art by J.H. Williams III. I know. We couldn’t believe it either. I believe this calls for a certain image…
Yup. That’s the one.
Honestly, do you need to hear anything else? Yes, yes you really do. Here’s what we know. In November 2013, it will be the 25th anniversary of Sandman, so the time was ripe. Although this is something Gaiman had been mulling around for a while.
“When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman#1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war,” said Gaiman in the official statement. “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.”
On Twitter, one of Gaiman’s followers likened this prequel tale to the uber-controversial Before Watchmen project from DC. What did he have to say to that? “Nope. The story in Sandman stretches back a long way. I’m writing DURING SANDMAN,” he tweeted. That’s what you get for writing about a Dream Lord older than any god I guess.
The title has yet to be announced, though I’m pretty sure Gaiman’s got a rough idea of what is. I’ll leave the rest to him now. Try not to get hypnotized by his magic words.
(via The Beat, Twitter, my next door neighbor…)