J.H. Williams III

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Well this day is off to a good start, isn’t it? As I awoke and began cruising my Twitter feed this story from Bleeding Cool blazed across my screen: J.H. Willaims III and W.H. Blackman are leaving Batwoman after DC refuses to let her marry Maggie Sawyer.

What. The. FUCK!?

I… I don’t even know where to begin!? I guess, in order to get everyone caught up I’ll explain briefly. Batwoman, this new Batwoman who was reinvigorated during the DC event 52 and survived the “New 52” reboot basically intact, is a lesbian. At the end of a recent arc she asked her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, a G.C.P.D. police officer, to marry her. In costume no less, finally revealing her true identity to Maggie. It was a huge moment for not only the book, but the characters. And something fans were excitedly looking forward to because nothing brings such enjoyable drama like a superhero marriage.

Sorry folks, but that ain’t happening now. As artist and co-writer J.H. Williams III writes on his blog (at the time of this article his site was down due to overwhelming traffic),

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sandman overture

If you’re a Neil Gaiman fan, you’ve no doubt already heard plenty about the coming of the new Sandman book, The Sandman: Overture.  Yes, after all these damn years, Gaiman is returning to the roots of his fame and bringing us a brand fkn new Sandman comic.  And now, courtesy of an interview via San Diego Comic Con, we here at Nerd Bastards have a video for you in which Gaiman and his artist J.H. Williams III talk a bit about the new series and what to expect.  Check it out below:

Personally, I’m all fanboy about this one.  What do the folks out in Nerd Reader-land think about it?  More Sandman good?  Or do we need a prequel at all?

 

Thanks to BleedingCool for helping to spread the love.

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It was around this time last year, at San Diego Comic-Con in fact, we learned Neil Gaiman was planning to spin another tale of Morpheus, the dream lord, and the world of the Endless. This new Sandman series from Vertigo teams Gaiman with J.H. Williams III, and bring fans another chapter, an earlier chapter, in the life of Morpheus, before he’s ever captured. The Sandman: Overture is scheduled to begin releasing, bi-monthly, on October 30th. You better make sure you let your local comic shop know to include this one in your pull.

Gaiman spoke with The New York Times today about the upcoming series, saying,

This is the one story that we never got to tell. In SANDMAN #1 Morpheus is captured somehow. Later on in the series, you learn he was returning from somewhere far, far away – but we never got to the story of what he was doing and what had happened. This is our chance to tell that story, and J.H. Williams III is drawing it. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

There won’t be a more buzzed about comic book this year, I guarantee it. Both Gaiman and Williams are comic book superstars, and their collaboration on this book will prove genius, I just know it. Though they aren’t the only creatives involved you should be excited about. Returning to create The Sandman‘s stunning and eye-catching covers is Dave McKean, who, along with Williams, will  create covers for every issue of Overture. Both McKean’s and Williams’ covers will be released, and the books will be available both in print and digitally on the same day. There’ll also be a deluxe version, released bi-monthly and alternating with the original’s release, that will include original scripts, additional designs and sketches, plus a Q&A with the creative team beginning in November.

My face hurts I’m so excited for The Sandman: Overture! I can’t decide if I’ll be buying it digitally, in print, or both because this book’ll will be so freakin’ beautiful I’ll want it everywhere and every way. Gaiman, Williams, and McKean will also be attending SDCC this year and will appear during Vertigo’s 25th Anniversary panel. Expect more news about Overture in the weeks leading up to and at the con.

Hit the jump for the full press release and a look at McKean’s insanely awesome cover for The Sandman: Overture #1. Are you super excited for Overture? Adding it to your pull already?

Source: DC Comics

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Earlier today I brought you a rumor that had been circulating throughout Comic-Con that Neil Gaiman would be working on a new Sandman series with J.H. Williams III attached for the art. Guess what? IT’S NOT A RUMOR! And yes, of course I said that to myself in my best – read: worst – Schwarzenegger impression.

Here’s the proof, straight from Neil himself, or rather @neilhimself,

How awesome!??!! I love when good rumors come true. So this Sandman series, as you heard the lovely Mr. Gaiman say, will be a prequel that fills in what Morpheus was doing before Sandman #1. The video also contains a tease of some J.H. Williams’ Sandman art and believe me, once we find a nice quality version we’ll be updating this post.

UPDATED! Lookie, lookie! As promised here’s a better look at that J.H. Williams III promotional artwork for Sandman. Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the hook up!

Wow. Just wow. I don’t know if an artist, writer, and series were ever better suited for each other?

The series will debut in 2013. Now tell me, just how excited are you?

Wow, I’m a little shocked we’ve got news about actual comic books coming out of Comic-Con, and this early, too! There’s two stories breaking at the moment, both have me literally bouncing with joy, one’s a for sure and the other’s a strong maybe.

First, let’s start with the one most of you probably don’t give a shit about, but suck it up, I’m the one writing this article, I choose what we cover!! Hah! The power. Anyway, IDW and Hasbro have announced there will be a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book from the uber talents Katie Cook and Andy Price. Gimme a “Fuck Yeah,” Bronies!

Comics Alliance has a preview of some of Prices’ pony artwork though no official art for the series has been released yet. They also managed to talk with editor Bobby Curnow about what IDW’s version of the popular ponies would be like,

We’re trying our best to capture the tone of the show, which has plenty of witty jokes that appeal to older fans. It’s silly and irreverent, but at the same time, it’s still very character focused, which is a crucial ingredient for any smart story. Basically we’re just working on making the stories as strong as possible, and everything falls into place from there.

It helps that the writer of the series, Katie Cook, is a big fan of the show, and is a naturally warm, friendly, funny and silly person. I think the scripts come off pretty naturally as a result, while at the same time retaining a real comic book feel. Andy Price, the artist, certainly helps in that department.

I’m completely stoked for this series, but I can already feel the hate mail coming in – WHY U HATE PONIES!? – so let’s move on to our other bit of comic book news. Bleeding Cool caught wind of a rumor brewing at Comic-Con that DC has reached a deal with Neil Gaiman for a new Sandman series! And in light of their Before Watchmen series it doesn’t seem unlikely DC would like to resurrect another old yet popular series. I can the $ in their eyes already.

The rumor continues with whisperings of J.H. Williams III attached as artist. Wow! If it got any better it’d really be too good to be true, which this very well could still end up being. But we’ll keep our fingers crossed there will be some official word on this soon. Stay tuned!