Everyone was anticipating some big news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con, but nothing quite like this. Neil Gaiman, along with the extremely talented J.H. Williams III (Promethea and Batwoman), will be returning to the seminal comic series, The Sandman and hopes to tell the backstory of Morpheus leading up to the series’ first issue.
Gaiman explains in an announcement video that he failed the series by not telling this story, and now he’ll have the chance. The mini-series is due for release sometime 2013 in celebration of The Sandman’s 25th anniversary.
This is an interesting move by Vertigo publishers, an imprint of DC Comics, who are currently re-exploring the world of Alan Moore’s Watchmen in Before Watchmen. Of course, having the original creator on-board is one glaring difference. Gaiman discusses in a press release: “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.”
The image above is the first image released from Williams regarding the new project, you can watch Gaiman’s announcement video below.