Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III’s The Sandman Prequel Gets A Name, Release Date & A Spin-Off? Plus More Titles Announced For Vertigo’s 20th Anniversary Year!

The New York Times spoke to Vertgo Comics’ Executive Editor Shelly Bond about DC Comics’ plans for its “struggling” mature readers imprint.

It was a fascinating that the article framed Vertigo’s 2013 efforts akin to DC Comics’ 2011 New 52 relaunch.

The news includes what fans of have beenm craving. For a year, many fans have been eagerly awaiting more news on writer Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman prequel comic book with artist J.H. Williams. Well, we learned a lot through the New York Times piece. The six issue mini-series is called “The Sandman: Overture”.

Writer Neil Gaiman is really stoked for the project that launches on October 30, 2013:

    “[J.H. Williams III’s art] are the most beautiful pages I have ever seen in periodical comics… I ask him to do the impossible, and he gives me back more than I asked for. “

The Sandman: Overture details also included some interesting tidbits:

    “The series will be published every other month and will alternate with a special edition of each issue, which will include more of the artwork (because of translucent word balloons developed by the letterer Todd Klein), as well as behind-the-scenes commentary and character sketches.”

In addition to this, The Sandman lore will also spin off into a new series with few details announced about format or the creative team:

    “Another of Vertigo’s new series, “The Dead Boy Detectives,” due in November, is tied to the “Sandman” mythos. It features two characters that were introduced in “Sandman” No. 25 from 1991. The characters, Edwin and Charles, are boarding school students who died tragically and returned as ghost detectives. (In the new series, a girl, whose mortality status is unknown, will join them.)”

Two additional Vertigo series were also announced for 2013 that are not Sandman related and that Vertigo hopes will garner the same or better commercial and critical success as the recent Scott Snyder (of Batman New 52 fame) penned and Sean Murphy drawn “The Wake”:

    “The new series continue that trend and include “Hinterkind,” by Ian Edginton, which focuses on a post-apocalyptic world in which the creatures of myth and legend have returned, and “The Discipline,” by Peter Milligan, an erotic thriller about a woman at the center of an shadow war that spans eons.”

There’s a lot to long forward to from Vertigo in 2013. Can’t wait for more news as summer convention seasons gets into high gear.

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