Gaiman: Return to ‘Sandman’ a chance to experiment

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” that he never got to explore in writing the best-selling and critically lauded series.

The bi-monthly series, illustrated by J.H. Williams III, comes out Oct. 30, under the Vertigo banner, an imprint of DC Entertainment.

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 best-seller – 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.