Vertigo Comics treated Neil Gaiman fans to an unexpected surprise at the 2012 Comic-Con: Gaiman will re-start his cult sensation comic book series, The Sandman. The graphic novel captured the hearts and minds of both hardcore comic book enthusiasts and casual fans following its initial release in 1989. After a ten-year hiatus, Gaiman will return to The Sandman to continue the untold story of Morpheus.
Gaiman informed Comic-Con attendees that the new Sandman graphic novel will be neither a prequel nor a sequel to the current Sandman series. Instead, Gaiman will take the opportunity to finish the story of Morpheus, who disappeared early in the series without much explanation, only to reappear much later, noticeably exhausted and dressed for war. Fans of The Sandman have always wondered what happened to Morpheus. Now Gaiman will divulge the circumstances surrounding Morpheus’s disappearance and provide concrete answers for his patiently waiting fan base.[youtube video=”1Gr0GAZBuSs” /]
Of all of the graphic novels by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman—still in print today—is the one most responsible for his fame. Although the Sandman series has been idle for years, Vertigo Comics has continued to republish the novel in different forms, adding extras that continue to attract fans. Now, Vertigo is attempting to recapture the attention of the comic book community through a dramatic new storyline.
Both Vertigo and Gaiman are excited to announce the release of the new Sandman graphic novel in Nov. 2013, almost 25 years after the original novel hit shelves for the first time.