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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Okay, *Now* I'm Disgruntled...

Found this while surfing around for info. It's a little bit old news but I'm perpetually behind...

And now I'm irritated. Looks like my hopes are out. I'll give the first issue a try but...


I suppose the main character sounds like an interesting personality, but it kind of irks me that he's going to carry on a legacy when the more appropriate candidate is being neglected.

There are some interesting tidbits though worth musing over:

"It's almost more rewarding than looking for forgotten or neglected characters. Aspiring comic writers, hear this: you can spend six months finding a minor character that you feel could be and should be a major character in the universe of your choice. And you can talk to a totally benevolent and receptive editor, who will ask around, and tell you, a week later: consensus is, no one is interested in that character. That character is dead.

“And you can pitch the same character nine months later, because you haven't been able to dismiss your involvement with the character, your sense that someone could really do something with the character--and be told, sorry. That character is all tied up at the moment. They're the center of a huge crossover event. Or they're the pivotal character in a team book miniseries under construction. In one universe or another."

This makes me wonder if he wasn't trying to get ahold of Sand first. He isn't exactly forgotten, but I could see it taking a long time to get people interested in the idea. And the huge crossover event *could* be Infinite Crisis. Sand's not been a terribly huge part, but as an Earth 2 character he would be indirectly very caught up in it.

Which makes the team book miniseries thing possibly intriguing. I had wondered if perhaps he'd show up in Checkmate or something like that.

He's got a later comment in the thread that seems to confirm my assumption:
"the story doesn't allude to sandy or sand for a couple of reasons. for one thing, when i was initially plotting 'sleep of reason,' i was under the impression that he was dead. more recently...well, there's really no contact between the protagonist of this story and sand. but if there is a sequel to 'sleep of reason', it would be interesting for the characters to interact. kieran never actually met wesley dodds. but he knows him very well--from the inside--after dreaming about him for years. while sand knew wesley in a more real--but possibly not as revealing--way."

The trailed off "more recently" intrigues me. It sounds like maybe there *are* plans going around for the character. I hope so. A crossover sounds like it could be good too.

The other part that interested me was this:

“But that's not ice I have to walk on, working with this character. From the Golden Age stories--Wesley tucking that creepy little mannequin into a tiny little bed before he goes out night hunting--to Neil's suggestion that the original Sandman embodied, in some strange way, a fragment of the nature of the Lord of Dreams, to the Sandman Mystery Theater stories, to Wesley's death in JSA #1. The pieces all fit.

...creepy little mannequin? Now, I admit I'm still very slowly finding issues of GA Sandman. So it could be very possible that I missed something important...

Or that was a slur on my favorite character. :-) Heheh, I kind of hope it was. Because it's kind of true. AND part of the appeal. :-)


  • At April 19, 2006 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters...Sorry,I remember the quote,but not who first said it...

  • At April 19, 2006 9:37 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    *nod* Which, if the implications for Kieran are correct, could make for an interesting later crossover between him and Sand. Sand's own transformation/monstrous aspects could make for an interesting parallel, even as their very different heroic outlooks could be fascinating.

    The reluctant hero that knows Wes only through dreams meeting the man who chose and pursued the life as a I hope it sells well enough for that sequel. :-)

  • At April 21, 2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My reading was that, as it was Vertigo, it wouldn't have nothin' to do with nothin', and thus the ideas wouldn't have anything to do with Mystery Theatre or JSA.

  • At April 21, 2006 1:51 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    *shrug* Well, Mr. Rieber (sp?) seems to indicate it'll be heavily tied in with Wes, which should be interesting. And expresses interest about writing interaction between Kieran and Sand later. So there'll probably be some connection, as Vertigo isn't completely split off from DC.

    Maybe they'll pull a Constantine and Zatanna and date. :-P

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