DC Black Label Announces A New Series Of ‘The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives’ This December
by Olly MacNamee
DC Comics announce the return of the Dead Boy Detectives from The Sandman in The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives six-issue miniseries launching this December. Written by Eisner Award-winning writer Pornsak Pichetshote (The Good Asian, Infidel) and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated artist Jeff Stokely as the Dead Boy Detectives investigate a Thai American girl’s disappearance from her Los Angeles home which heads then on the path into terror and ghosts straight from Thai folklore. Joining Pichetshote an Stokley will be colourist Miquel Muerto, letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and a cover artist Nimit Malavia.
“The genius of Sandman is how seamlessly it fits different genres, histories, and folklores together, something that definitely inspired Jeff and I for Dead Boy Detectives. As a Thai-American, I grew up around all this wonderful Thai folklore that’s never made it to American pop culture, so by introducing some of my favorite Neil Gaiman characters to the truly terrifying and bizarre world of Thai ghosts, we will give horror and Sandman fans something new.
This is definitely a horror book, as the boys discover Thai black magic’s getting more powerful in Los Angeles (the home of the largest Thai population outside Thailand), and it might even be changing the rules governing ghosts. All this, while Charles and Edwin, two ghost detectives, are secretly craving changes themselves—in a coming-of-age story starring two boys who can’t grow up.” – Pichetshote
“The Sandman Universe grows as two of its most beloved characters return to the spotlight! Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine have been detectives for decades—and dead best friends even longer. But their investigation into a Thai American girl’s disappearance from her Los Angeles home puts them on a collision course with new and terrifying ghosts that could give even a dead boy nightmares—including a bloodthirsty krasue. Even scarier than the ghosts? Though neither wants to admit it, the boys might be growing apart. And perilously close by to the boys’ adventure, Thessaly the witch finds herself held hostage by dangerous magics—both a threat to her life and an insult to her ego that simply will not go unanswered…”
The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #1 is out Tuesday December 27th from DC Black Label and will also feature variant covers by Alex Eckman-Lawn, Tyler Crook, Filipe Andrade (1:25) and Yoshitaka Amano (1:50).