Of all the many comic book series that will captivate and awe fans of Netflix’s The Sandman, one stands above all for one very simple, simple reason: it’s the official, canonical continuation of the Dream story.
After Neil Gaiman had completed the original series, he revisited it only once with the award-winning and critically acclaimed The Sandman Overture.” And then, for years, The Dreaming and the larger universe around them sat silent and unused. That is until DC and Gaiman decided to let the characters live on through a series of comics centered on dreaming, its denizens, and the larger world they inhabit.
The first and perhaps best of these sequels is Simon Spurrier’s The Dreaming, which follows the titular dimension of dreams while being forced to adapt to a new master – a strange, obscure being of logic and numbers. Even if it has nothing to do with The Sandman, Spurrier’s writing and Bilquis Evely’s art alone make it worth reading. The series released under the The Sandman Universe banner and shares that banner with a number of other sequels and spinoffs, all comics worth reading if you love Netflix’s The Sandman.