Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Prequel Gets A Name: New Details And Art Unveiled

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sandmanComic book readers around the world were thrilled a few months ago when Neil Gaiman announced that he would be returning to the land of dreams with a Sandman prequel. Gaiman, along with artist J.H. Williams III, will be telling the story that shows what happened to Morpheus before he was captured in page 1 of Sandman. Today Vertigo has released some new information about the series as well as two pieces of cover art from Williams.

The series was simply called Sandman:Zero when it was first announced, but the official title of the miniseries will now be The Sandman: Overture. The first issue will be released on October 30th in a special oversized issue with a giant interior gatefold from Williams. The series will be published bi-monthly and feature covers by Williams and original series cover artist Dave McKean. Surprisingly, Vertigo also announced that special books, also bi-monthly and alternating with the main series, will be published as special edition deluxe issues of the series starting in November. Those will include original scripts from Gaiman, concept art and sketches, and Q&As with the creative team. In a press release put out after a piece in the New York Times went up today, Gaiman said of the series:

This is the one story that we never got to tell. In SANDMAN #1 Morpheus is captured somehow. Later on in the series, you learn he was returning from somewhere far, far away – but we never got to the story of what he was doing and what had happened. This is our chance to tell that story, and J.H. Williams III is drawing it. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

That’s a lot of exciting information, but new details and even more artwork will be released at this year’s Comic-Con. Gaiman, Williams, McKean, and Sam Kieth will be on hand for Vertigo‘s 25th Anniversary all-star panel. So what do you think Sandman fans? Are you ready for The Sandman: Overture?

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