Confirmed: Neil Gaiman announces details of new Sandman prequel

It seems the rumors were true. A quarter century after debuting his iconic comic book series Sandman, Neil Gaiman will return to the character for an all-new prequel miniseries with DC Comics artist J.H. Williams III.

Gaiman himself appeared via video Thursday at the Vertigo Comics panel at San Diego Comic-Con to announce the new Sandman story, which will follow Morpheus of the Dreaming's adventures immediately prior to his capture by an evil magician in Sandman #1.

"When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold," Gaiman said. "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. 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."

Gaiman noted that the very first Sandman comic was published in the fall of 1988, making 2013 the 25th anniversary of the character. The new miniseries will be the first time Gaiman has written a Sandman story since 2003's Endless Nights graphic novel, and the first time he's worked with Williams, whose work includes Alan Moore's Promethea and the current Batwoman series at DC.

"There's nothing like a Neil Gaiman story," Vertigo executive editor Karen Berger said, "and 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 J.H. Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of."

The miniseries doesn't have a title yet, or an announced number of issues, but we'll definitely be on the lookout for every new detail we can get our hands on. In the meantime, check out Gaiman's video announcement, along with a gorgeous piece of Williams' promo art above.

(Via DC Comics)

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