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Four books. One remarkable universe. In celebration of The Sandman’s 30th Anniversary, Neil Gaiman and Vertigo Comics proudly introduce The Sandman Universe, the next chapter in one of the most influential and beloved works of fantasy ever devised. Four new series set in the world of Gaiman’s comic, written by four masters of imagination.

It begins later this year with a special Sandman Universe one-shot by Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Si Spurrier and Dan Watters, featuring art by Bilquis Everly and a Jae Lee cover. followed by four new comic book titles – The Dreaming, House of Whispers, Lucifer and Books of Magic.

Here is the synopsis of The Sandman Universe #1 from DC’s press release:

Daniel, the lord of Dreams, has gone missing and it causes chaos in the kingdom of dreams…

A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, A book from Lucien’s library of all the unwritten books ever dreamed is discovered by a group of children in the waking world.

Simultaneously, a new House appears—the House of Whispers—joining the Houses of Secret and Mystery in the Dreaming. Its proprietor is a fortune teller called Erzulie, whom the inhabitants of the Dreaming suspect may be responsible for all the strange goings on.

Elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be in a Hell of his own design.

And in London, a young boy named Timothy Hunter sleeps, in his dreams he becomes the world’s most powerful magician, but in his nightmares, he becomes the world’s worst villain, which future will become reality?

From the mind of Neil Gaiman, a new world filled with dreams and nightmares, all of his wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.


Nalo Hopkinson
is set to write House of Whispers, which will focus on a new third house that has sprung into being in the Dreaming next to Cain’s House of Mystery and Abel’s House of Secrets. Per DC, House of Whispers will focus on what happens after a comatose woman named Latoya is woken up by her girlfriend and Layota’s two younger sisters, who have used the Book of Whispers to “steal the essence of Erzulie, a deity of voodoo mythology.”

The psychic blowback of the spell causes her house to crash into the Dreaming, beside the Houses of Secrets and Mystery and their custodians, Cain and Abel.

In the real world, the awakened young woman suffers a mystical form of Cotard’s Delusion—she believes she is already dead, and she’s transmitting her belief to others, causing them to become guardians of the Gap that has appeared in the Dreaming.

Kat Howard writes Books of Magic, a follow up to the 1990 mini-series. The story will see the return of Timothy Hunter, last seen in the New 52 version of Justice League Dark, as he is “torn between two powerful destinies.”

Timothy Hunter is destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but that doesn’t mean he gets to cut class, skip exams, or is impervious to bullying by his mundane peers. After all, he’s still a London teenager and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. And while Tim’s trying to study and attract the cute girl in his class, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him, turning him into a merciless mage. Luckily, the new substitute teacher for his school wants to mentor him and educate him in the magical arts so that he can discover the master behind the Books of Magic…

Si Spurrier will write The Dreaming. This will follow the denizens of Dream’s realm, particularly Lucien the librarian and Matthew the Raven, as they attempt to navigate a Dreaming without Daniel.

There is a place where gods are born and stories are spun. But twenty-three years after he was anointed as its master, Dream of the Endless has inexplicably abandoned the dreaming. His absence triggers a series of crimes and calamities which consume the lives of those already tangled in his fate, among them Lucien the librarian, Matthew the Raven, and Dora, a monstress without memories. But while they struggle to restore the King to his throne, they face intrigues from within and conquest from without. As usurpers circle the defenceless domain and an impossible shadow awaits its own birth beside a rip in reality, the denizens of the Dreaming play out their stories of loss and love, resignation and resistance.

Dan Watters will be writing Lucifer. This incarnation of the series will see the former ruler of Hell recast as a “blind, destitute old man” living in a boarding house in some sort of purgatory that no one can escape.

A few years ago, the devil vanished. Some people say he died or simply ran away, while others believe he never existed at all. But we aren’t some people. No. This is the one true story of what happened to the Prince of Lies, the Bringer of Light—Lucifer, the blind, destitute old man, who lives in a small boarding house in a quiet little town, where nothing is quite what it seems and no one can leave. He’s trapped, you see? Trapped in a bizarre prison with no memory of how he got there or why. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a dying policeman believes his suffering may be a call to a divine mission—one that draws him towards revelations regarding the devil himself.

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