by Whitney Matheson
November 18, 2013
Almost 25 years ago, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman debuted in comics shops. The dark and trippy fantasy became an instant fan favorite and, today, it’s regarded alongside other graphic classics such as Watchmen and Maus.
Last month fans scrambled to pick up the first issue of The Sandman: Overture, a six-issue miniseries that marks Gaiman’s return to the intricate world. With art by J.H. Williams III, Overture is visually stunning — so much so that each regular issue will be followed by a special edition.
On Friday I attended an intimate gathering for Gaiman at DC Comics’ headquarters, in which he explained why he decided to return to the award-winning series. He told me that when he first wrapped Sandman after 75 issues in 1996, “I still enjoyed it, and that was hugely important to me. People thought I was mad.”