Yesterday, in what was an awkwardly constructed and bizarrely uninformative article, the New York Times revealed that Neil Gaiman’s long awaited return to Sandman with artist J.H. Williams III will be called Sandman: Overture and the first issue is scheduled for the end of October. The cover is gorgeous, and I imagine the interiors will be mind blowing. J.H. Williams III goes absolutely bonkers with the layouts for a standard superhero comic, so I can’t even imagine how crazy he’ll get to be with Sandman.
I am ridiculously excited for more Sandman. When I got back into comics a decade or so ago, Sandman was one of the first books that really opened my eyes to the possibilities of the medium. I always read superhero comics as a kid, and did so when I got back into them later on, but Sandman was an entirely new thing to me. I devoured the volumes, was blown away by the scope, and loved the fascinating assortment of characters and artists. The entire thing is a masterpiece. So yeah, I’m pretty jazzed for more.
Several other new Vertigo series were announced as well, and they’ll roll out through the fall. Of particular interest to our continuing focus on women in comics is the new series Coffin Hill, written by Caitlin Kittredge. Here’s a description:
When she was 15, Eve Coffin summoned a darkness that had been buried since the Salem Witch Trials. Now Eve’s back to harness the evil that destroyed her friends and is slowly taking over the sleepy town of Coffin Hill. This is a series full of magic, madness and murder via a twisted family of New Englanders.
It sounds spooky! And it’s great to see a female writer on an ongoing Vertigo series. It’s been far too long. Coffin Hill premieres this October.
There will also be a one-shot Halloween anthology special called The Witching Hour that features female creators like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Lauren Beukes, Emily Carroll, and Tula Lotay. That’s more women on one book than DC’s entire line has in some months! That should be a cool book.
It sounds like October is going to be a good month for fun, new titles. I can’t wait for Sandman: Overture even though, as I said on Twitter yesterday, the title immediately made me think of this:
Tags: Caitlin Kittredge, Coffin Hill, Emily Carroll, J.H. Williams III, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Lauren Beukes, Neil Gaiman, Sandman, Sandman: Overture, The Witching Hour, Tula Lotay, Vertigo, Women In Comics