Like, I suspect, most of you, I learned about Neil Gaiman’s return to Sandman via Albert’s liveblogging of the Vertigo panel yesterday. I was at the computer, reading along with a sense of “They wouldn’t. Would they?” about the whole thing; I had heard the rumor, but to be honest, couldn’t really believe it was true because DC and Gaiman had failed to come to an agreement for this very thing five years earlier, and because I assumed – feel free to throw in that thing about assuming making an ass out’ve you and me here – that Alan Moore’s increasing discomfort with DC over Before Watchmen may have pulled Gaiman away from the idea of working with the publisher considering the friendship between the creators. But, no, it is happening… And part of me wonders whether something this big will end up dominating the rest of con and overshadowing the other announcements not only from DC but also Marvel? After all, as I said on Twitter last night, suddenly “It’s All-New X-Men! With Brian Michael Bendis!” seems a little… underwhelming in comparison to something like this news. Face it, tigers: DC has most likely just won the con.
(Worth pointing out, though: DC has just burned through both Watchmen and Sandman legacies in the course of a year, in terms of announcements; what else of a similar scale does it have in its back pocket for the future…?)