Neil Gaiman to write Sandman prequel

Posted at 07/13/2012 12:32 PM | Updated as of 07/13/2012 5:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman is returning to The Sandman by writing a prequel to the acclaimed series.

In an announcement during the San Diego Comic-Con, Gaiman said he will be teaming up with artist J.H. Williams III to launch a new Sandman mini-series through Vertigo in 2013.

The news comes nearly twenty-five years after the release of the celebrated graphic novels.

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

Karen Berger, executive editor of DC's Vertigo line, said the new, untitled The Sandman mini-series will be published day-and-date digitally in 2013.

“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story 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 JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of," Berger said.

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award as one of 2000’s top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors.

Williams is the co-writer as well as the co-artist of the GLAAD Award-Winning title BATWOMAN for DC Comics-The New 52.