Category Archives: Sandman spin-off

The Dead Boy Detectives

The Dead Boy Detectives
By Jill Thompson (writer/artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2005

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Cover price: $9.99
Format: Soft cover, black & white, digest-size
ISBN 1401203132

Synopsis from publisher:
Neil Gaiman’s inimitable sleuths from THE SANDMAN: SEASON OF MISTS star in their own Manga Digest.

THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, guest-starring Death of the Endless, is brought to life by award-winning artist Jill Thompson (THE SANDMAN: BRIEF LIVES, Scary Godmother). Based on the overwhelming success of her first Manga Digest, DEATH: AT DEATH’S DOOR, Thompson has crafted an amazing original mystery that will appeal to both SANDMAN fans and shojou Manga enthusiasts.

Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, the dead British teenagers who are always on the run from Death, travel stateside to solve a missing persons case. Our intrepid heroes have been contacted by young Annika Abernathy, a student at a posh International Academy in Chicago. It seems that Annika’s best friend has vanished. For Rowland and Paine to investigate the case properly, they decide to enroll as students at the school. And since it’s an all-girls academy, the duo is forced to go undercover — in drag.

Secret passages, food fights, and far too many fashionistas abound as the Dead Boy Detectives solve the case and learn a lot about life from the precocious daughters of international ambassadors and famous rock stars.

As a bonus, this digest also features a free 8-page excerpt from DEATH: AT DEATH’S DOOR.

Notes:
This is an original graphic novel/manga written and illustrated by Jill Thompson.

Reprints: N/A

Bonus material:

  1. Excerpt of Death: At Death’s Door by Jill Thompson
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The Little Endless Storybook

The Little Endless Storybook
By Jill Thompson (writer/artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2005

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Cover price: $9.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401204287

Synopsis from publisher:
For years fans have demanded to see more of Jill Thompson’s Little Endless, the diminutive versions of the characters from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning series THE SANDMAN. Now those dreams are fulfilled with a new printing of the sold-out Prestige Format one-shot THE LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK in a deluxe hardcover format. The story begins once upon a time when Little Delirium was lost. Her protector and favorite puppy Barnabas searched the waking world for his tiny princess to no avail. Now, Barnabas must travel to the strange and unlikely realms of each of the Endless to see if Delirium’s siblings have seen their missing sister. Cameos by the Sandman, Desire and the other members of the Endless family make this a must-have for any Sandman enthusiast. This 56-page hardcover is written and exquisitely painted by Eisner-Award winner and fan-favorite SANDMAN artist Jill Thompson. The new material in this hardcove will include a special sketchbook section and an advance look at Thompson’s latest Manga project, THE DEADBOY DETECTIVES, scheduled for a summer 2005 release.

Notes:
This publication reprints the comic book one-shot The Little Endless Storybook. All material was written and illustrated by Jill Thompson

Reprints:

  1. The Little Endless Storybook

Bonus material:

  1. Sketchbook by Jill Thompson
  2. Preview of The Deadboy Detectives by Jill Thompson

The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire

The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire
By Bill Willingham (writer), Shawn McManus with Tara McPherson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 2005

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120497X

Synopsis from publisher:
The world’s oldest, most powerful witch returns in this collection written by Bill Willingham (FABLES). This tale follows Thessaly as she becomes the unwitting partner in a monster-killing business with her ghostly one-time nemesis, Fetch.

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Thessaly, Witch for Hire. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Shawn McManus. The cover by Tara McPherson was originally used as the cover for issue #1.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #1 (2004)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #2 (2004)
  3. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #3 (2004)
  4. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #4 (2004)

The Sandman Presents: The Furies

The Sandman Presents: The Furies
By Mike Carey (writer) and John Bolton (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2002; reissued in soft cover December 2003

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Cover price: $17.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401200931

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Cover price: $24.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563899353

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
A softcover version of the original hardcover graphic novel. In the three years since Daniel left to fulfill his destiny as the new Sandman, Lyta Hall has suffered greatly from the loss of her only son. Now the bloodline that has made her kin to the Furies has taken over her senses… and her sanity.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE FURIES is a beautifully painted story about a mother’s loss and her ultimate redemption. Years ago, Lyta Hall called upon the mythical Furies to exact revenge against the Lord of Dreams for the murder of her son. But when the three spirits of familial vengeance used the grieving mother for their own ends, Lyta fell into a dark world of depression and despair. Now as Cronus, the ancient Titan who killed his own father, returns with a plot of revenge against the Furies, he looks to Lyta as a powerful ally and pawn. However, fully understanding the true cost and consequence of vengeance, the tragic heroine makes a fateful decision that leads to her own salvation.

Notes:

This publication is an original graphic novel written by Mike Carey and illustrated by John Bolton.

Reprints: N/A

The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives

The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives
By Ed Brubaker (writer/artist), Bryan Talbot and Steve Leialoha with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2008

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401218555

Synopsis from publisher:
Collected for the first time, this tale stars Edwin and Charles from THE SANDMAN: SEASON OF MISTS. Their first case involves a string of grisly murders — and the immortal Hob Gadling. Written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America, SLEEPER).

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives. All reprinted material was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Bryan Talbot and Steve Leialoha. The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives #1.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #1 (2001)
  2. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #2 (2001)
  3. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #3 (2001)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #4 (2001)

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist), Shawn McManus, Mark Buckingham, Albert Monteys, Duncan Fegredo, Kevin Nowlan, Jason Little, Niko Henrichon, Peter Gross, Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Adam Hughes, Linda Medley, Marc Laming, Zander Cannon with Andrew Pepoy, John Stokes and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401201008

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting FABLES writer Bill Willingham’s assorted tales of the Dreaming, originally presented in THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD, AGENT OF D.R.E.A.M., THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS…BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK #1, THE DREAMING #55 and the 4-issue miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE THESSALIAD.

Notes:
This publication is a collection of various issues from comic book one-shots, mini-series and series featuring characters from the comic book series The Sandman. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 was illustrated by Mark Buckingham and John Stokes.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 consisted of eight short stories by various artists. The first story was illustrated by Albert Monteys. The second was by Duncan Fegredo. The third was by Kevin Nowlan. The fourth, sixth and eighth was by Jason Little. The fifth was by Mark Buckingham. The seventh was by Niko Henrichon.

The Dreaming #55 consisted of several sequences by various artists. The framing sequence (first two pages and final page) was illustrated by Peter Gross. The remaining sequences were illustrated by Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Bill Willingham with Adam Hughes and Linda Medley, Marc Laming with John Stokes, Zander Cannon and Albert Monteys.

The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad issue #1 was illustrated by Shawn McManus. Issues #2 to #4 were drawn by Shawn McManus and Andrew Pepoy.

The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Dreaming #55

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 (2000)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 (2001)
  3. The Dreaming #55 (2000)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1 (2002)
  5. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #2 (2002)
  6. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #3 (2002)
  7. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #4 (2002)

Lucifer Vol. 11: Evensong

Lucifer Vol. 11: Evensong
By Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross, Jon J. Muth, Zander Cannon and Dean Ormston with Ryan Kelly, Aaron Alexovich, Big Time Attic (Kevin Cannon and Shad Petosky) and Christopher Moeller (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2007

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Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140121200X

Synopsis from publisher:
The saga of Lucifer Morningstar comes to a close in EVENSONG, collecting LUCIFER #70-75. In the aftermath of the universe-shaking battle in Heaven, Lucifer and his cohorts return to pick up their lives and tie up their loose ends. As a special bonus, EVENSONG also includes the Prestige-format one-shot LUCIFER: NIRVANA, gorgeously painted by Jon J Muth.

Notes:
This publication is the eleventh and final collection of the comic book series Lucifer. It also collects the comic book Lucifer: Nirvana. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey. Issue #70 was illustrated by Zander Cannon and Big Time Attic (an art studio consisting of Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon and Shad Petosky). Issues #71 and #72 were illustrated by Peter Gross and Aaron Alexovich. Issue #73 was illustrated by Dean Ormston. Issues #74 and #75 were illustrated by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly. Lucifer: Nirvana was illustrated by Jon J. Muth. The cover painted by Christopher Moeller was originally used as the cover to issue #75.

Reprints:

  1. Lucifer #70 (2006)
  2. Lucifer #71 (2006)
  3. Lucifer #72 (2006)
  4. Lucifer #73 (2006)
  5. Lucifer #74 (2006)
  6. Lucifer #75 (2006)
  7. Lucifer: Nirvana (2002)

Lucifer Vol. 10: Morningstar

Lucifer Vol. 10: Morningstar
By Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, Colleen Doran and Michael Wm. Kaluta with Christopher Moeller (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2006

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Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401210066

Synopsis from publisher:
The war in Heaven reaches its universe-shaking conclusion in MORNINGSTAR, the tenth volume of writer Mike Carey’s celebrated series. Collecting issues #62-69, MORNINGSTAR gathers together the forces of Heaven, Hell, and everyone in between for a final battle to determine the fate of both Yahweh and Lucifer’s Creations — a fate no one, not even the Lightbringer, could foresee.

Notes:
This publication is the tenth collection of the comic book series Lucifer. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, except for issue #62, illustrated by Colleen Doran, and issue #66, illustrated by Michael Wm. Kaluta. The cover was painted by Christopher Moeller.

Reprints:

  1. Lucifer #62 (2005)
  2. Lucifer #63 (2005)
  3. Lucifer #64 (2005)
  4. Lucifer #65 (2005)
  5. Lucifer #66 (2005)
  6. Lucifer #67 (2005)
  7. Lucifer #68 (2006)
  8. Lucifer #69 (2006)

Lucifer Vol. 9: Crux

Lucifer Vol. 9: Crux
By Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, Marc Hempel and Ronald Wimberly with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2006

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Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401210058

Synopsis from publisher:
Forces in Hell and on Earth prepare for a final struggle for supremacy in CRUX. Reprinting stories from issues #55-61, this volume ventures through space and time and the places outside both, weaving a sweeping saga out of multiple character threads mortal and immortal alike.

Notes:
This publication is the ninth collection of the comic book series Lucifer. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, except for issue #55, illustrated by Marc Hempel, and issue #58, illustrated by Ronald Wimberly. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. Lucifer #55 (2004)
  2. Lucifer #56 (2005)
  3. Lucifer #57 (2005)
  4. Lucifer #58 (2005)
  5. Lucifer #59 (2005)
  6. Lucifer #60 (2005)
  7. Lucifer #61 (2005)

Lucifer Vol. 8: The Wolf Beneath the Tree

Lucifer Vol. 8: The Wolf Beneath the Tree
By Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, P. Craig Russell and Ted Naifeh with Christopher Moeller (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2005

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120502X

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting issues #45 and #50-54, in which the Lightbringer faces a deadly new threat to both his Creation and that of Yahweh. Also featured is the special 40-page story “Lilith” from issue #50, illustrated by award-winner P. Craig Russell, and “Neutral Ground” from issue #45, illustrated by Ted Naifeh.

Notes:
This publication is the eighth collection of the comic book series Lucifer. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, except for issue #45, illustrated by Ted Naifeh, and issue #50, illustrated by P. Craig Russell. The cover by Christopher Moeller was originally used as the cover for issue #52.

Issues #46 to #49 were reprinted in Lucifer Vol. 7: Exodus.

Reprints:

  1. Lucifer #45 (2004)
  2. Lucifer #50 (2004)
  3. Lucifer #51 (2004)
  4. Lucifer #52 (2004)
  5. Lucifer #53 (2004)
  6. Lucifer #54 (2004)