Neil Gaiman heading up Sandman Universe Imprint for DC

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From CBR:

DC Comics and Neil Gaiman will celebrate 30 years of the Dreaming when they launch The Sandman Universe in late-2018, a line of four different comics based on the writer’s critically and fan acclaimed Sandman series.

The imprint, announced via Entertainment Weekly, will include new incarnations of The Dreaming, Lucifer and Books of Magic, along with new series The House of Whispers. It will kick off with a special Sandman Universe one-shot by Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Si Spurrier and Dan Watters, featuring art by Bilquis Everly and a Jae Lee cover. The four writers will each script one of the subsequently launching comics. None of the series’ artists were revealed in the announcement.


Nalo Hopkinson writes House of Whispers, which features a cover by Yanick Paquette. Hopkinson was hand-picked by Gaiman, who told EW, “if we’re gonna do House of Whispers, if we’re going to do Erzulie and have all this voodoo lore stuff, then I want Nalo to do it because there isn’t anybody better.” The series’ will explore the mystery of the tutelar house’s appearance alongside the House of Mystery and House of Secrets.

Books of Magic, which will feature the new adventures of Tim Hunter, will be scripted by Cat Howard. “She has the touch, she understands the magic,” Gamain promises.

Assuring fans he understands that previous creators have left an indelible stamp on Lucifer, Gamin assures Dan Watters is more than up to the task of scripting the next chapter in the life of comic book readers’ favorite fallen angel. “Dan is smart and deep, and he gets it,” Gaiman said. “He’s up to the challenge of ‘Okay, can you recreate this thing?'”

Finally, Si Spurrier will take readers back to The Dreaming. The new series will once again be set in the Sandman’s kingdom. Of course, it will feature the return of fan-favorite supporting characters like Mervyn Pumpkinhead, Lucien the librarian and Matthew the Raven as they attempt to keep things running in the absence of their ruler, Dream.

Source: CBR

Commentary: Hey look, I am covering something other than Marvel and Power Rangers!

SANDMAN has always been a huge part of my love for comics.  I was so excited to see Dream as part of DARK NIGHTS: METAL.  I had assumed that was just a one-off, but today DC went and announced that we are getting a whole imprint set in the Sandman Universe!  If this was DC's response to Marvel announcing Spencer and Ottley on SPIDER-MAN, it is one hell of a reponse!

All four of these titles sound terrific.  I would love to have seen Gaiman doing one himself, but I guess that is just wishful thinking on my part.  Either way, you can count me in as a customer! 

By the way, am I the only one who feels extremely old to realize that SANDMAN launched 30 years ago??  Even after all this time, SANDMAN holds up so well, and I have read the entire series over and over again, always finding new things to love.