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    Neil Gaiman Announces “Sandman Universe” Line of Comics

    By | March 1st, 2018
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    “The Sandman” turns 30 this year, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Neil Gaiman has announced four spin-off series that will be published by Vertigo Comics later this year. It will all kick off in August with “The Sandman Universe” #1, plotted by Gaiman but written by those heading up each book, namely Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Si Spurrier, and Dan Watters. The four series branching off from the one-shot are:

    “House of Whispers:” The sole new series of the line, written by Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk), “House of Whispers” follows the Vodou goddess Erzulie after her titular house becomes part of the Dreaming after a rift between that world and our’s has opened. It will also follow Latoya, a comatose woman who was revived by her girlfriend and sisters with the Book of Whispers. Now suffering from Cotard delusion, the journey will catalyze her family into becoming the guardians of the rift.

    “Books of Magic:” Gaiman and John Bolton’s young sorcerer Timothy Hunter returns, now torn between two disparate destinies, namely his dreams of becoming the world’s greatest magician, and the one shown in his nightmares of becoming its worst villain. The book is written by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, Gaiman’s anthology Stories), and was confirmed to be a reboot of Hunter’s story.

    “The Dreaming:” Written by Si Spurrier (“Angelic,” “Motherlands”), this revival of the 1996 – 2001 spin-off appears to follow-up the one-shot most closely, as it follows Lucien, the Dreaming’s librarian, and Matthew the Raven after Dream goes missing in that issue. The one-shot will set up the storyline of one of the books in the library falling through the rift into the waking world and being discovered by a group of children.

    “Lucifer:” The latest comic starring Vertigo’s version of the fallen angel finds him living in a small boarding house in a quiet town that no one can actually leave, and now physically blind. The series is written by Dan Watters (“Limbo,” “Assassin’s Creed Uprising”).

    The artists for these series will be announced at a later date, although the initial one-shot will be penciled by Bilquis Evely (“Wonder Woman”) and be released with a variant cover by Jae Lee (“Before Watchmen: Ozymandias”). Head on over to Entertainment Weekly for the covers to the first issue of each series, as well as a video announcement and the text interview with Gaiman.


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