Before Hollywood turned his books ‘Coraline’ and ‘Stardust’ into hit films, UK born, US based fantasy writer Neil Gaiman was most famous for graphic novel ‘The Sandman’. One of only a handful of comics to hit the New York Times bestseller list, the first issue was dated January 1989 and it continued running until 1996.
It’s a unique, dark take on the sandman myth, which charted the adventures of Lord Morpheus, the mysterious king of the world of dreams. Gaiman’s central character – who has a mass of dark floppy hair, much like the writer himself – is a mixture of brooding angst and surprising compassion.
It’s been ten years since Gaiman last visited the Sandman, but today he’s released the first issue of a prequel – ‘The Sandman: Overture’. The two versions of the cover are by Gaiman’s longtime collaborator Dave McKean and ‘Batwoman’ artist JH Williams III. Williams III does the rest and, judging by the artwork, it looks as vivid, poetic and otherworldly as ever.
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