Comics: the Sandman – Overture
Some exciting news revealed this week from DC – a batch of interesting new titles are coming out from their Vertigo imprint from autumn onwards. Given the speculation since Karen Berger left the much-regarded imprint and the cancellation of some titles and others, such as Constantine, being moved back into the main DC universe and away from Vertigo, there has been, understandably, some concern over its future. But with a number of new series announced it is sounding like we should be enjoying Vertigo’s unusual take on tales for mature readers for some time yet.
Among the titles announced is Witching Hour, an anthology work which will include contributors such as Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, Lauren Beukes, Emily Carroll, Matthew Sturges and Shawn McManus, Coffin Hill by Kaitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda, another outing for the Sandman spinoff The Dead Boy Detectives with Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham, The Discipline by Peter Milligan and Leo Fernandez (always good to see new work from Milligan), Lee Bermejo’s Suiciders, and Hinterkind by the always interesting Ian Edginton.
The biggest news here though, of course, is the much anticipated return of Neil Gaiman to the Sandman for Overture. The fact that Neil is teamed up with JH Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea) is some serious icing on an already yummy cake. For my money Williams is one of the finest artists in the medium right now, not just in terms of his beautifully executed art but his imagination and frequently inventive approaches to layouts to enhance the storytelling experience. Quite what those two will cook up between the I can’t wait to see. Talking to the NY Times Neil commented of Williams’ art so far, describing it as: “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.”
I think I may have a geekgasm at this point… The Sandman Overture series will be bi-monthly, with alternating special editions which will include behind the scenes info, extra artwork, sketches, commentary and even special new translucent speech bubbles (developed by that master of letters, Todd Klein) to showcase the art even further. I can only speculate but surely once the run is complete DC will do something pretty special for the collected edition. And yes, before you ask, I will be picking these up off the racks. (via Robot 6, Newsarama and Comics Alliance)