Vertigo, also known as DC Vertigo and Vertigo Comics, is one of the most legendary publishing labels in DC and the graphic novel industry, actually. Several of the most important comics of the 20th and 21st century have been published there. We have the case of The Hellblazer, Preacher, by Garth Ennis, Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fables, by Bill willingham and the jewel in the crown for many: The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman.
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The reality is that, before Neil gaiman blow the minds of fantasy readers with American Gods (2001); before he surprised the world of children’s novels with Coraline (2002); And just before he collaborated with Terry Pratchett on Good Omens (1990), the British writer had changed the world of comics forever with The Sandman. Without a doubt there is a before and after in the world of comics after the publication of that legendary series.
The reality is that this work managed to attract people to the world of comics who normally would not and has been one of the key texts in the discussions about the artistic merits of that medium. Not for nothing is there even an annotated luxury edition and several academic papers on this work.
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As we all know, a work that is universally acclaimed by readers and critics gradually has to be adapted to the screen, large or small. As also happened to Y: The Last Man – 70%, this series was in development hell for years and years. Since the late 1990s there have been all kinds of plans for a movie or television series to exist. The stars never alienated themselves until Netflix entered the equation.
What is known is that in reality Gaiman He spent some thirty years fighting to keep him from going badly adapted to his most iconic series. There is no doubt that this is the case and this was revealed in the official statement that Netflix released when the cast of this series was announced (via Comic Book):
For the past 33 years, the Sandman characters have breathed, walked, lived in my head. I’m very happy that now they finally get out of there and become real. I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done with Sueño and the rest of the characters come to life, played by some of the best actors out there. This is amazing, and I am grateful to both the actors and the rest of the Sandman contributors – Netflix, Warner Bros, DC, Allan Heinberg and David Goyer, and to the series’ set of geniuses and craftsmen – for making my dreams come true. craziest dreams.
Of course, there was some controversy over the fact that Death is played by the Afro-descendant actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste and that Desire is played by the non-binary interpreter Mason Alexander Park. As the author pointed out on Twitter, the people who are bothered by this did not read or did not understand the work:
I spent 30 years successfully fighting bad Sandman movies. I don’t give a fuck about people who don’t understand / haven’t read Sandman complaining about a non-binary Desire or that Death isn’t white enough. Watch the series and decide.
Now we can finally see the first glimpse of this highly anticipated adaptation thanks to the fact that Netflix has just released it. You can see it below:
If the advance left them wanting more. Here you can read the official synopsis or you can read the comic:
A rich blend of modern mythology and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend come together seamlessly, The Sandman follows the people and places influenced by Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he amends the cosmic and human mistakes that he made during his long existence.
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