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NEIL Gaiman says his return to Vertigo Comics' realm of the Endless is no mere continuation of the series that spawned a creative revolution altering the medium.

Instead, The Sandman: Overture is a chance to do the "weird things" and "different things" he never got to explore in writing the bestselling and critically lauded series.

The bi-monthly series, illustrated by J.H. Williams III, comes out Oct. 30.

It's the latest achievement for the British-born author whose writing has endeared him to critics and fans in literature -- his 2013 novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a bestseller -- television and, yes, comic books.

The intense interest in the new series, 25 years after Sandman No. 1 was released, is such that the cover to Comic-Con's official guide, given to every attendee, featured the new title.

In an interview at Comic-Con International, Gaiman said that with the new title, he's "definitely doing weird things, different things, doing stuff that I just never really got to do, never got to explore" in the Sandman series.

"The closest I ever got to the stuff I'm doing in Sandman was in Endless Nights. I got to do one story, the dream story -- drawn by Miguelanxo Prado -- set in the dawn of time which had more weird crossovers with the DC universe than, perhaps, anything I've written."

The Overture series is "kind of like that," he said.

"It has that kind of peculiar space opera feel to it and it's also very much set in 1916 in Edwardian England at war. We get to meet beloved characters and loathed characters in a form we've not seen them before, but we also get to go across the universe," he said.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 26, 2013 D6

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