British author and graphic novelist, Neil Gaiman is all set to pen an all new Sandman miniseries next year. DC, the seminal comic books company, plans to mark the 25th anniversary of The Sandman – Gaiman’s popular character – with a new miniseries.
Gaiman has been tapped to write the upcoming series, with J.H. Williams III handling art duties.
Gaiman, who recently signed a five book deal with HarperCollins, said of the new Sandman miniseries:
“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.”
Debuting in January 1989, Gaiman’s The Sandman originally ran for 75 issues, entertaining comic-book lovers for seven strong years; its last issue published in March 1996.
The Sandman told the story of the god of dreams, Morpheus, and his family. It was praised for its intelligence and originality, being one of a rare few graphic novels to have made the New York Times Best Seller list.