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Neil Gaiman Completists Rejoice for “The Children’s Crusade!”

3 Apr

Neil Gaiman Completists Rejoice for “The Children’s Crusade!”

So back in the 1990’s when crossovers were a huge thing, a really nice DC Comics editor named Karen Berger was running her own, fairly new imprint called Vertigo. The star of the show was Neil Gaiman, who was writing the excellent “Sandman” series, and at some point someone decided that Vertigo had to have crossovers just like everyone else, despite the entire driving force behind the imprint being that its books were interesting and quirky in their own unique ways rather than slavishly conforming to a house style that sends all the creative people away in droves, Dan Didio.

Anyway, Neil Gaiman ran the thing and wrote most of the script for the bookends (which I strongly suspect he did to get out of having to include the main thrust of “The Sandman” in the thing, and thank God Berger let him do that because can you imagine?) and it’s actually pretty good as crossover books go, which is to say that I have the bookends in a short box somewhere and exactly none of the tie-in issues.

Lovely cover above by Dave McKean, whose work I’ve been wanting to post for any reason at all since starting this thing.

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