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Preview: THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 returns us to the The Dreaming and kicks off a new imprint at Vertigo

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Back in March, DC/Vertigo and Neil Gaiman rolled out the huge announcement that the publisher would be celebrating Vertigo’s 25th anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of The Sandman) with the new imprint “The Sandman Universe” overseen by Gaiman and produced by a number of new creative teams on titles such as House of Whispers (Nalo Hopkinson, Dominike Stanton), The Books of Magic (Kat Howard, Tom Fowler), The Dreaming (Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely), and Lucifer (Dan Waters, Max and Sebastian Fiumara).

But before those books all kick off this Fall, August will see the release of The Sandman Universe #1, which aims to introduce the base concepts of each title in a format not totally dissimilar, on paper, to Countdown to Infinite Crisis (which also gave way to four distinct comics). The Sandman Universe #1 centers on a story by Gaiman and is written and drawn by all of the above creators. It’s in stores on August 8th.

Take a look at the preview below, featuring some really lovely Evely art – and a new terrible conflict that faces The Dreaming:

From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library is discovered by a group of children in the waking world where it should not exist. Lucien calls for Matthew the Raven to seek out their master, Daniel, Lord of Dreams.

As Matthew flies across the Waking World and others, he finds a young boy named Timothy Hunter who, in his dreams, has become the world’s most powerful magician—but in his nightmares he is the world’s greatest villain. A new House has appeared in the realm of the Dreaming: the House of Whispers, with its proprietor, a fortune-teller called Erzulie. And elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be trapped in a Hell of his own design.

Spiraling out of this special issue will be four all-new series set in the Sandman Universe. It all starts here!

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