Spotlight on Dreaming Waking Hours #1

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DC recently announced a new series within the Sandman Universe – The Dream Waking Hours written by G. Willow Wilson and featuring artwork by Nick Robles. This will be the first official original Black Label Sandman comic book.

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The Dreaming- Waking Hours #1

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With a Sandman HBO series in development there are a quite a few issues of Sandman that are selling very well on the secondary market but there are only a few issues within the more recent modern Sandman series that sell above cover. DC announced earlier today that the first issue of the new Waking Hours series will introduce an all new character into the DC and Sandman universe – Ruin.

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Ruin Design

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G. Willow Wilson has released a short essay about this new character and series, here is just a small excerpt describing this new character.

Then came the epiphany: what if we put a nightmare at the center of the story? What does it mean to have a bad dream as a protagonist? And then Ruin came tumbling out faster than I could write him down. A nightmare who falls in love with the person whose dreams he was sent to haunt. A nightmare who doesn’t want to be a nightmare and tries to change, who aches for a kind of human connection he might never have. It raises tantalizing questions from a storytelling perspective—if you have power that is inherently malevolent, can you simply choose to use it for good? Or is there more work involved? What do you have to sacrifice to become something better?

That was the genesis of our ‘lanky lavender lad,’ as Nick (Robles) put it. He’s very different from the other nightmares we’ve met in the Sandman Universe, all of whom live up to their names—they’re malicious and sadistic. Ruin, on the other hand, isn’t very good at his job. He’s soft, he’s shy, he’s awkward, he’s eager to please. He is as terrified by his own darkness as a dreamer would be. He makes this profound, heartbreaking effort not to frighten anyone. And he sets off on this quest to find the person he fell in love with, against all odds.

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I don’t think this is the next Punchline but I do think this is a character to be thinking about. Sandman Dreaming Waking Hours #1 is released on May 6, 2020 and has a cover price of $3.99 – You can purchase the regular cover and the cardstock variant from Things From Another World for 30% off cover price.

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