UPDATE: Gaiman's SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1, SIX More New Vertigo Titles Coming This Fall

Sandman Overture Promo Art
Credit: DC Comics
Sandman Overture #1 Cover by J.H. Williams III
Sandman Overture #1 Cover by J.H. Williams III
Credit: Vertigo Comics

Update: Despite confusing phrasing in the initial Times piece, The Sandman: Overture is not one of the "six new" series Vertigo is releasing in the fall of 2013. Additional details, including all six series and creative teams, were announced via press release later in the day on Monday.

First, DC Comics and Vertigo released official descriptions for the three series that Times did announce, Hinterkind, The Discipline, and Dead Boy Detectives, including revealing the creative team on the latter, and the artists on the first two.

Hinterkind – Decades after “The Blight” all but wiped out the human race, Mother Nature is taking back what’s hers and she’s not alone … all the creatures of myth and legend have returned and they're not happy. After her grandfather disappears, Prosper Monday must leave the security and seclusion of her Central Park village to venture into the wilds to find him, unaware of how much the world has changed. An epic fantasy adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world, Hinterkind is written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Francesco Trifogli, and debuts this October.

Hinterkind #1 Cover
Hinterkind #1 Cover
Credit: Vertigo Comics

The Discipline – Launching this December, The Discipline is a dark, erotic thriller about a privileged young woman named Melissa who is thrust into a centuries old battle between good and evil. She begins an affair with a mysterious man named Orlando who opens her eyes to a sexually sinister world she never knew existed. Through this ritualistic seduction (“The Discipline”), Orlando unlocks Melissa’s inner power and then enlists her into a shadowy war that has been fought for centuries. The Discipline comes to you from writer Peter Milligan and artist Leo Fernandez.

Dead Boy Detectives - Spinning out of the pages of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, two dead British school boys star in their own monthly series and solve crimes in the 21st century with the help of a new female accomplice. Premiering in November, Dead Boy Detectives is written by noted British novelist Toby Litt with layouts and painted covers by Mark Buckingham (Fables).

Dead Boy Detectives Promo Art
Dead Boy Detectives Promo Art
Credit: Vertigo Comics

In addition to revealing the information and creative teams of those titles, DC also announced three more. Suiciders, by Lee Bermejo as both writer and artist, Coffin Hill by writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Inaki Miranda, and the return of the anthology The Witching Hour with contributors like Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, and a host of newcomers. Follows are DC's official description for those three series.

Suiciders – Hitting the spinner rack this December, this new series marks the incomparable Lee Bermejo’s (Joker; Batman: Noel; Before Watchmen: Rorschach) debut as an ongoing series comic book writer and artist. Suiciders follows the lives of two futuristic boxers – one on top of the world, the other trying to fight (and kill) his way there. Set in Los Angeles after “The Big One,” “Suiciders” is the wildly popular reality sport that contestants are literally dying to be a part of … and to be the best, you have to murder the best.

Coffin Hill – When she was 15, Eve Coffin summoned a darkness that had been buried since the Salem Witch Trials. Now Eve’s back to harness the evil that destroyed her friends and is slowly taking over the sleepy town of Coffin Hill. This is a series full of magic, madness and murder via a twisted family of New Englanders. Arriving in stores this October, Coffin Hill combines the talents of artist Inaki Miranda (Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom) with writer Caitlin Kittredge, a young, dark fantasy author whose writing includes the Nocturne City, the Black London, and the Iron Codex series of novels – which include the recently published titles Dark Days and The Mirrored Shard.

Coffin Hill #1 Cover
Coffin Hill #1 Cover
Credit: Vertigo Comics

The Witching Hour – Just in time for Halloween, this anthology-style one-shot collects short stories exploring witchcraft written and drawn by some of the most talented veterans and newcomers in the business – including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, Lauren Beukes, Emily Carroll, Matthew Sturges, Shawn McManus, Tula Lotay and many more.

  • HINTERKIND – Decades after “The Blight” all but wiped out the human race, Mother Nature is taking back what’s hers and she’s not alone … all the creatures of myth and legend have returned and they're not happy. After her grandfather disappears, Prosper Monday must leave the security and seclusion of her Central Park village to venture into the wilds to find him, unaware of how much the world has changed. An epic fantasy adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world, HINTERKIND is written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Francesco Trifogli, and debuts this October.
  • THE DISCIPLINE – Launching this December, THE DISCIPLINE is a dark, erotic thriller about a privileged young woman named Melissa who is thrust into a centuries old battle between good and evil. She begins an affair with a mysterious man named Orlando who opens her eyes to a sexually sinister world she never knew existed. Through this ritualistic seduction (“The Discipline”), Orlando unlocks Melissa’s inner power and then enlists her into a shadowy war that has been fought for centuries. THE DISCIPLE comes to you from writer Peter Milligan and artist Leo Fernandez.
  • DEAD BOY DETECTIVES - Spinning out of the pages of Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN, two dead British school boys star in their own monthly series and solve crimes in the 21st century with the help of a new female accomplice. Premiering in November, DEAD BOY DETECTIVES is written by noted British novelist Toby Litt with layouts and painted covers by Mark Buckingham (FABLES).
- See more at: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/07/01/the-new-york-times-highlights-vertigo-announces-6-new-titles#6

Original Story: Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III's new Sandman mini-series, set prior to the original Sandman #1 that was the unofficial "first" Vertigo series for DC Comics, finally has a name and a release date.

The Sandman: Overture will debut on October 30, 2013, as announced Monday morning on NYTimes.com. The series will run in alternating months with "Special Edition" versions of each issue in the off-months, showing sketches and commentary. A special "translucent word balloon" invented by letterer Todd Klein will be used in the Special Edition versions to show off more of Williams III's artwork.

The Witching Hour Cover
The Witching Hour Cover
Credit: Vertigo Comics

"The most peculiar thing for me about returning to ‘Sandman’ is how familiar it all feels," Gaiman told the Times. "When I was writing Sandman from 1987 to 1996, I never had the feeling at any point that approximately 50 million people were looking over my shoulder scrutinizing ever word."

Sandman actually debuted before Vertigo became an imprint at DC Comics, but was retroactively included via many trade and hardcover editions after joining the imprint in 1993. Just as it led the way for the imprint's success then, executive editor Shelly Bond who finds it "liberating" to announce these titles and DC Comics hope it will lead the way for a new wave of Vertigo series coming this fall.

While two remain unannounced, the Times did have base details on three more of the series. Hinterkind by Ian Edginton (already a Vertigo veteran) "focuses on a post-apocalyptic world in which the creatures of myth and legend have returned." The Discipline, by fellow Vertigo vet Peter Milligan, is "an erotic thriller about a woman at the center of a shadow war that spans eons." Neither series had an artist announced in the story. Likewise, Dead Boy Detectives, itself a Sandman spin-off, had no creative team listed in the announcement. That leaves three (Note: we inadvertently reported only two additional titles due to incomplete information from the original story) titles yet to be more than teased.

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