Sandman’s Overture Reaches A Crescendo…

Copyright: Vertigo/DC Comics

Copyright: Vertigo/DC Comics

Even The Endless must ultimately succumb to a final denouement it seems, as Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III’s epic comic series nears its conclusive issue. The Neil Gaiman created King Of Stories and Shaper Of Dreams has been with us now for 26 years, with his first appearance in 1989’s The Sandman (Vol-2) #1.

 Known by many names, Morpheus and Dream being the most oft used, he is the personification of dreams and stories, one of the seven Endless, beings more powerful and ancient than the Gods themselves. Morpheus resides in a castle within his realm known as The Dreaming, populating his realm with many dreams and nightmares that have a certain conscience and ability to converse. Gaiman has said that he “always assumed Morpheus had once been alone, so he created the beings for want of company.”

Sandman Overture 2

Sandman: Overture heralded Gaiman’s return to both comics and his created character, joining alongside artistic luminary JH Williams III (Batwoman: Elegy, Promethea) whose amazing visual style lights up every single page, with each comic panel an individual masterpiece in its own right. The series first issue was released December 2013 in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the character, with each subsequent issue sporadically released since then, with the final issue, #6 due on September 30. Serving as a prequel to the original classic series, it weaves the tale of a cosmic event that weakens Dream enough that a human mystic is able to capture him.


Released alongside the mini-series were also Overture: Special Editions that included gorgeous gatefold covers, metallic inks, black and white issues and glimpses into the creative process behind the creation of the comics themselves, including original panels sans text, interviews and script notes. As previously mentioned, the end of Overture will segue back to the start of Sandman’s original adventures in Sandman Vol.1: Preludes and Nocturnes, making this series the first stop for any new reader wishing to acquaint themselves with The King Of All Night’s Dreaming.

Sandman: Overture #6 will be available to purchase on 30 September. Written by: Neil Gaiman. Cover art by: JH Williams III & Dave McKean. Interior art by: JH Williams III. 

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Posted on September 16, 2015, in Comics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Great, my personal all-time fave DC title.
    Can still remember when Sandman was captured by that human mystic in th v 1st issue (Jan 89)
    Arguably Gaiman’s best writing, but th title suffered from constant irritating changes of artists. Had to abandon one storyline cos th art was so puerile – shld have stuck w either Dave McKean or Charles Vess.
    Have not had a chance to catch up since! But these recent issues look interesting, so will look for them when i come back to Blighty this Xmas. Many thanks for this Post

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting good sir. Indeed a wonderful character and you’ll be pleased to hear that JH Williams did all the art for the entire series and as you can see his talent is legendary! It will definitely be released at some point in a compilation volume, as the single issues (especially the Ltd Edition ones) are rare to come across. It has been a wonderful ride so far though, mind you with Gaiman at the helm, nothing less than excellence is expected.

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  2. Cool, I haven’t read this but the artwork looks fantastic 🙂 Did you know that Neil Gaiman’s first book was a biography of Duran Duran, published in 1984?

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    • It is highly recommended, I love the artist JH Williams’ work he is rather phenomenal. I read recently (on io9, I believe) that Gaiman’s first work was about Duran Duran, an unusual first piece for one of the world’s leading fantasy writers. Thanks for reading and commenting my friend, have a great day 🙂

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      • I’m discovering several authors got their start in similar ways, Terry M. West started with a book about Mick Foley, the wrestler. I’m going to check out JH Williams work. I love to do posts featuring artist’s works. 🙂

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      • As far as JH is concerned, I recommend Batwoman: Elegy and his amazing collaboration with Alan Moore – Promethea. His art work on the New 52 Batwoman series, the first 10 issues are some of his greatest ever illustrations in my humble opinion.

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  3. I guess I missed the boat entirely
    This is great art
    I better catch up

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