I wish I could say how many times the Sandman series has been reissued by DC. All I can say is, a lot of times. This version is hardcovers in the slightly oversized deluxe format. I haven’t opened the shrink-wrap, but the deluxe format usually has great printing and paper, though a glued binding rather than sewn. This one contains issues 17-31 of the original series plus SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 and stories from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE 1-3. The retail price is $49.99. It looks to me like there will be five volumes in all, but that’s a guess. The cover by Kaluta may be the only new art. I don’t know when this will be out in shops, but the Amazon release date is March 16, 2021. Here’s a link.
The third and final volume of this series arrived yesterday. Literally years in the making (I believe I started working on Volume One in 2015), I’ve enjoyed lettering it, and am happy I was able to complete the series. Fine writing by Grant, wonderful art by Yanick, great coloring by Nathan. Should be available in shops soon, but here’s an Amazon link.
Copies of this third and final trade paperback collection of the recent series I lettered have arrived. I enjoyed working on it, and thought it was an interesting read, taking Tim Hunter to both familiar and unfamiliar places, and involving The Endless, the Dead Boy Detectives and other familiar Gaiman characters. Not sure when it’s due in comics shops, Amazon link below.
IDW sent me a few of these recently, and I didn’t know why until I opened one up. It’s a sort of preview/prelude to an upcoming crossover between Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe and IDW’s Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, and it includes an eight-page section from SANDMAN #1 that I lettered. I loved the original LOCKE & KEY series, and the preview includes a Locke & Key story I hadn’t read, “Open The Moon” from a comic titled LOCKE & KEY: THE GUIDE TO KNOWN KEYS. This 16-page story is a gem! Beautifully written, excellent art, lettering and coloring, very moving. It’s about a special new key created for Ian Locke, a boy who is gravely ill. It’s a key that will unlock the moon and what Ian finds there amazes and delights him. That sequence is done in the style of Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. There are other things in the issue, including that guide to known keys, but this story is well worth the price of the issue on its own. I haven’t been reading any comics lately, but I think I might try to read this crossover.
Two new Batman trade paperbacks reprinting comics I lettered have arrived. CAPED CRUSADER includes BATMAN 466-473, which I lettered over Norm Breyfogle and Tom Lyle, now both sadly gone. DARK KNIGHT includes DETECTIVE COMICS 601-609 and 611, also with Breyfogle. It’s weird how, as you work along in comics day by day, month by month, year by year, you hardly think about the amount of work you’re doing. Only later, when I get reprints like this, and I’ve received many, do I think, “How did I get all that done?”
These are due out in January. Check with your comics supplier, or try the Amazon links below.