The Cure's Robert Smith, er... I mean The Sandman aka Dream aka Morpheus
Announced at Vertigo's Comic Con panel, Neil Gaiman will be returning to pen a new Sandman prequel, chronicling the events that led up to Morpheus (the titular character) being captured in Preludes and Nocturnes. From Gaiman:
“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.”
Gaiman's address from the con
Gaiman wrote 'The Sandman' for 75 issues from 1989 to 1996, and it remains one of his defining works. 'The Sandman' follows Morpheus, the anthropomorphic personification of dreams, as he sets about to restore his kingdom and realm. It's basically a dark fantasy/horror story with Morpheus serving as the tragic hero who must change his ways and make up for his past sins, or die.
Since his run on Sandman, Gaiman has become a hot commodity across all entertainment media; from penning well received novels (American Gods), to having his works adapted for film (Coraline) to writing an episode for Doctor Who. But his work on 'The Sandman' may still be his best.
I actually heard this news today from my local comic shop. I had just read Preludes and Nocturnes, the first graphic novel of the series two weeks ago and coincidentally was there to buy book two, The Doll's House. The cashier let me know as I was at the register. Suppose it helps to keep up on news from the Comic Con if you deal in comics. It's been a very enjoyable read so far and I hear it only gets better. So I'm pretty pumped for this announcement.
The new mini series is scheduled for 2013.
I better get reading so I can catch up.
Heck I'll throw Edward Scissorhands in there too for completeness
Bonus fun fact: Neil Gaiman is currently married to Amanda Palmer, formerly of the Dresden Dolls and currently just an awesome musician and performer