DC Comics has announced a new mini-series featuring Wesley Dodds, also known as The Sandman. Created in the 1940s, The Sandman has been reimagined as a pacifist character for this upcoming six-issue series, written by Rob Venditti and illustrated by Riley Rossmo. The series will be part of the new Golden Age banner being launched by DC Comics, alongside other classic heroes such as Jay Garrick: The Flash and Alan Scott: The Green Lantern.
The Sandman: A Pacifist Scientist
In this new series, Wesley Dodds is presented as a pacifist scientist who has given up on the hope of a peaceful world, but still believes that people can be better to each other. Dodds is convinced that humanity can invent cures for its own ills and that there can be humane warfare. The character has an interesting backstory that is explored throughout the series, including his experiences during World War I, where he learned about the horrors of the battlefield from his father. Dodds science journal, where he recorded all of his attempts to create a sleep gas that would allow for humane warfare, has been stolen, and he must find the culprit before his deadly mis-inventions fall into the hands of belligerent nations.
A New Take on a Classic Character
The Sandman was originally created as a member of the Justice Society of America, but he has been overshadowed by Neil Gaimans reimaging of the character in the 1980s. However, this new mini-series is a fresh take on the character, exploring new aspects of his personality and backstory. The characters pacifist stance is a departure from the usual superhero trope of using violence to solve problems. Venditti and Rossmos take on the character promises to be thought-provoking and engaging for both new and longtime fans of The Sandman.
Golden Age Heroes Return
The Sandman is part of DC Comics new Golden Age banner, which aims to bring back classic heroes from the publishers extensive history. Jay Garrick: The Flash and Alan Scott: The Green Lantern are two other heroes being featured in the banner. Garrick is the original Flash from the 1940s, while Scott is the first Green Lantern, debuting in the same era. The banner is being led by former DC Comics COO Geoff Johns, who has been instrumental in shaping the DC Comics universe for many years.
Wesley Dodds: The Sandman by Rob Venditti and Riley Rossmo is set to launch in October 2023, and promises to be an exciting addition to the DC Comics universe. Fans of The Sandman will be intrigued by this new take on the character, while newcomers will find an accessible entry point into the world of DC Comics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Wesley Dodds: The Sandman?Wesley Dodds, also known as The Sandman, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics universe. He was originally created in the 1940s as a member of the Justice Society of America and has the ability to put criminals to sleep using a gas gun and then leave a calling card shaped like a stylized “J”.
Who are Rob Venditti and Riley Rossmo?Rob Venditti is an American comic book writer who has worked on titles such as Green Lantern and The Flash for DC Comics. Riley Rossmo is a Canadian comic book artist who has worked on titles such as Batman, Constantine, and Hellblazer for DC Comics and Image Comics.
What is DC Comics?DC Comics is an American comic book publisher and the home of popular characters such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. It is one of the largest and oldest comic book publishers in the world, and has been producing comics since the 1930s.
What is The New Golden Age banner?The New Golden Age is a comic book publishing initiative from DC Comics that aims to bring back classic DC Comics characters in new stories and adventures. The initiative is led by writer and former DC Comics COO Geoff Johns and will launch in October 2023 with titles such as Jay Garrick: The Flash, Alan Scott: The Green Lantern, and Wesley Dodds: The Sandman.
Who is Neil Gaiman and what is his contribution to The Sandman comic book series?Neil Gaiman is an English author and comic book writer who is known for his work on The Sandman series for DC Comics. He wrote the series from 1989 to 1996 and his work on the series is considered to be a landmark in the comic book industry. Gaiman’s Sandman series was unique in that it blended elements of horror, fantasy, and mythology, and explored complex themes such as the nature of dreams and storytelling.