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New Sandman ongoing ‘Nightmare Country’ coming April 2022

In Nightmare Country, the Corinthian is let loose on the world in order to capture another, more dangerous nightmare.

THR had the exclusive scoop that James Tynion IV and Lisandro Estherren will be working on a new Sandman universe ongoing series called Nightmare Country. Launching April 12th under the DC Black Label line, the series is one very close to Tynion’s heart. Each issue will also feature a different guest artist that will create a nightmare dream sequence with Yanick Paquette joining the creative team on the first issue.

“I thought I had said everything I wanted to say with other people’s characters, but the moment that (DC editor) Chris Conroy asked me if I was interested in crafting a new story in The Sandman Universe, I knew I couldn’t say no,” Tynion said to THR. “The Dreaming has lived in my head for half of my life. It’s a canvas on which so many stories are possible, and I am humbled to have the chance to make my own mark on it.”

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According to Tynion via his Substack, this will be his only licensed project for at least the next year.

What’s Nightmare Country about?

In Nightmare Country, the Corinthian is let loose on the world in order to capture another, more dangerous nightmare, this one not created by the Lord of Dreams. A cat and mouse game ensues, one with a net of nightmares that catches not just dreams, but the people who dream them. It’s a journey that promises to cross terrifying corners of America and include true crime aficionados, white supremacist militia camps, galleries specializing in the art of horror and more. DC describes the comic as a terrifying travelogue through a nation both recognizable and obscene.

It’s a big year for Sandman with the new Netflix show due out sometime in 2022 and now this new ongoing series. Check out the main cover to Nightmare Country below by Reiko Murakami.

Nightmare Country #1

DC Comics tweeted out a sketch of the main character in Nightmare Country which you can view below.

Nightmare Country will introduce two new characters to the Sandman universe known as Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy The killing duo are highly dangerous and will kill anything in their path including the lead character Corinthian.  A thematic sequel to The Doll’s House, the second arc of the original Sandman run and when the comic began its breakout ascent.

James Tynion IV & Lisandro Estherren suit up for 'Sandman' universe series

Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy sketch designs.
Credit: DC Comics

Here’s a full rundown on the first issue details:

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: NIGHTMARE COUNTRY #1

Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by LISANDRO ESTHERREN and YANICK PAQUETTE
Cover by REIKO MURAKAMI
Variant by YANICK PAQUETTE
1:25 variant by KELLEY JONES
1:50 variant by ÁLVARO MARTÍNEZ BUENO
1:100 variant by JENNY FRISON
$3.99 US | 32 pages
Variants $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 4/12/22

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