Sandman Universe #1 cover art.

Last week DC Entertainment announced The Sandman Universe, a new line of comic books from Vertigo curated by original Sandman creator Neil Gaiman. The Sandman Universe begins with four new ongoing series, existing in a shared universe, building upon Gaiman’s New York Times best-selling series that lyrically weaved stories of dreams and magic.

“The Sandman Universe has always been very close and personal to me and I am thrilled to open up the world once again to an extremely talented group of writers and artists,” said Gaiman. “I get to see the joy in these brilliant people whom I’ve selected, as they get their chance to play in this world.”

From left: Kat Howard, Neil Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson, Si Spurrier and Dan Watters.

The four new ongoing series and Gaiman's hand-picked authors are:

  • The Dreaming by Si Spurrier (2000AD, SUICIDE SQUAD)
  • House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, New Moon’s Arms)
  • Lucifer by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed comic series)
  • Books of Magic by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians)

It all begins August 8 with The Sandman Universe #1, a one-shot story plotted by Gaiman and co-written by the four series writers. The issue will reintroduce the Sandman Universe and its characters, while establishing conflicts that will be examined in the monthly comic books. The Dreaming and The House of Whispers will debut in September, while Lucifer and Books of Magic arrive in October.

Get the full story on the Vertigo site.