Some stuff I read today in some interviews and articles about the new Sandman Universe books that are coming from DC - it all has me super stoked about the passion and legitimacy behind this revival.
Neil Gaiman had the 4 writers, Si Spurrier, Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters & Kat Howard flown out to New Orleans for a 3 day chat about the 4 new books they will be writing.
Gaiman produced a 2 page document for the new series to layout the main premise for the new series, some stuff he is very specific about, but with plenty scope for freedom for the writers to make the books their own.
There will be a shared resonance between the four books as opposed to full blown crossover.
The Sandman Universe issue coming out in August will set up the four books and feature all the writers and artists who will be involved in them.
The opening chapter kicks off with Daniel going missing along with a particular tome from the library and a new house appearing in the Dreaming - the House of Whispers, belonging to the West African ‘demi-Godess of love’, Erzulie, who looks out for women, girls and gay men.
Hopkinson has been brought in because Gaiman wants her knowledge of Afro-Caribbean folklore and culture to do the Erzulie story and voodoo lore, justice in the House of Whispers book.
Kat Howard has previous experience with spells and books of magic in her End of the Sentence novella, which Gaiman believes makes her the ideal choice for the Books of Magic series. Whilst there will be references to Gaiman’s BoM mini series and the slate won’t be wiped completely clean, she has been given relative control over the new book to do something fresh.
The Dreaming will be the flagship book and will pick up on numerous Sandman Universe threads, including touch points connected to the other books. Spurrier describes is as a ‘fantastical Western’ featuring a frontier town where the sheriff has gone missing. Although Daniel is gone, many old favourites will feature heavily, including Lucien, Cain & Abel, Matthew and Merv.
Dan Watters, who will be writing Lucifier, has reassuringly confirmed that no prior knowledge of either of the previous Lucifer series will be required, this will very much be its own thing.
Although there will be a ‘certain interconnectedness’ to the Dreaming, the Lucifer book will stand on its own after the events of Sandman Universe # 1, which comes out a week on Wednesday.
My excitement is building for these books, i am hopeful that they can recapture the form of 90s Vertigo and hopefully an audience to go with it.