San Diego Comic-Con is now behind us, and DC Comics certainly had a successful show. No matter where you looked in the convention center and beyond, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, the Flash and hundreds of other heroes and villains from the DC Universe were proudly on display. From morning to night, you could find them on comic covers, in movie and TV stills, in videogames, on toys, collectibles and clothing, and wandering around the aisles of the show floor and the streets of the Gaslamp District from morning to night.
As the holidays arrive and the year comes to a close, we thought we’d take a look back at 2013 and commemorate some of the moments that really stood out in the world of DC Entertainment in a two-week DCComics.com series we’re calling “Ten Moments that Mattered.” Some of these moments were happy. Some were sad. They played out in the pages of our comics, on the big and small screen and in the halls of our office. However, all of them made a profound difference in the world of DC Comics and in the hearts and minds of our fans.
Twenty-five years ago THE SANDMAN entered our dreams.
The New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman returns to the world of The Endless with a new story – THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE, with the first installment of the six-issue series hitting stores and available digitally today. The comic marks Gaiman’s first Sandman story in 10 years.
If you’ve spent much time in your local comic book shop this month (or certainly if you’ve visited us here at VertigoComics.com), then you’ve likely heard a lot about The Sandman. Debuting in 1988, The Sandman is Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking fantasy comic that for 75 issues and 25 years has drawn critical acclaim and new comic book readers, while influencing an entire generation of comic book writers and artists. By all measurements and standards, it’s a must-read. Especially with the debut of the eagerly awaited The Sandman: Overture #1 just a few days away.
Earlier this month we gave you an early look at our upcoming The Sandman: Overture Statue as part of Vertigo’s “25 Days of Sandman.” Produced by DC Collectibles and due in 2014, the statue is based off of the art of J.H. Williams III and is sculpted by Dave Cortes.
From start to finish, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is a reading experience unlike any other. Of course, if you’ve never actually read the series from start to finish, you might want to consider picking up The Sandman Omnibus, a handsome new two-volume set that collects the original comic in its entirety. The first volume covers issues #1-37 and The Sandman Special #1, and it’s available now.
In less than two weeks, legendary writer Neil Gaiman returns to THE SANDMAN, the series that changed the landscape of modern comics twenty-five years ago.
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 is the first chapter of a 6-issue limited, bimonthly series that explores (amongst much more) just what happened to Morpheus before he was captured in THE SANDMAN #1. Illustrated by J.H. Williams III, this highly anticipated inaugural issue lands in stores on October 30.