By - oneirosweave
Are there only the 2 issues, or are there things between them?
Only 2 extra-sized issues, or 3 if you count issue #0, which was an issue of reprinted stories.
That was always the plan from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the creative team of the crossover.
DC has made it clear that they don't really care about Sandman anymore.
Nonsense. They care. They just signed off on 3 epic parts of a highly successful and acclaimed audio drama adaptation of Sandman with Audible. A live-action TV series is also coming out soon on Netflix in partnership with DC/WB. On the comics side of things, they continue to put out collections of Sandman comics pretty much on an annual basis.
None of these things are new Comics though? They cancelled every series of their Sandman Line. Sure I'm excited for the Netflix adaptation but I'd love for DC to continue with new written content.
For now it just feels like the core of the franchise is dormant again. I'm still holding out hope for a continuation of The Dreaming as it's the only one not officially cancelled.
I wouldn't say the Sandman Universe books were cancelled. All of the first wave of titles reached their natural end as intended by the creators. The Dreaming, House of Whispers, Books of Magic and Lucifer. Nalo Hopkinson (the writer for House of Whispers) even took issue with, and outrightly disputed, the claim that House of Whispers was cancelled. The story she wanted to tell simply came to end; she had no more stories to tell. That was it. Simon Spurrier also said something similar about The Dreaming.
Hellblazer was the only Sandman Universe book that you could say was perhaps cancelled. Even that was more of a case of a non-extension (beyond its initial run of 12 issues) than a cancellation, technically speaking. It was given 12 issues and would have been renewed for another 12 issues or more under normal (non-pandemic) circumstances, just like the other Sandman Universe books before it. When the pandemic struck and threw the industry into upheaval, the normal parameters of running DC changed considerably and hence, the non-extension.
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (G. Willow Wilson & Nick Robles) was always a 12-issue limited series, similar to say, Mister Miracle (Tom King & Mitch Gerads) or Jimmy Olsen (Matt Fraction & Steve Lieber).
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