[The cover of The Sandman: Overture #1, as is evidenced by the title which swoops from the top left of the page. The main character, Dream, stands in a black feathered coat with flames licking the edges, wearing his egg-shaped helmet and lightly touching a large ruby hanging around his neck. Behind him, a planet and space scene is visible while, in the foreground, a field of toothed flowers flick their tongues. The writer and artist’s names, Neil Gaiman and J. H. Williams III, adorn the bottom of the page.]
The Sandman is an American-British comic book series published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. First published in 1989, the series follows the character of Dream, one of the immortal Endless, who rules and controls the world we inhabit when we sleep. After Dream is captured and imprisoned for decades, the dream-world begins to warp and fall apart; upon his release, he works to reinstate his command and fix what had been broken.
In 2013, a prequel series was launched for the first issue’s 25th anniversary. Titled The Sandman: Overture, the new series explains how Dream was weakened enough to be captured at the start of the original series.
Although published by DC comics, the series rarely featured the publisher’s superheroes, instead focusing on world-building. As such, The Sandman is a common crossover or alternate universe setting for other fandoms wishing to give its characters a unique experience.
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