Sandman’s Death Enters the DC Universe in ‘Action Comics’ #894
There’s been a lot of speculation recently about whether or not Vertigo characters like Swamp Thing and John Constantine would be making the jump to the mainstream DCU, but it looks like one of the most iconic characters from the Endless family in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” has beaten them to the punch. Death herself is coming to the DC Universe in Paul Cornell and David Finch’s “Action Comics” #894 this October, as Lex Luthor’s quest for power brings him “into close proximity with characters in and beyond the far reaches of the DC Universe.”
DC’s The Source isn’t revealing many details regarding Luthor’s encounter with Death, save that his quest for power may take him well beyond the mortal coil. Whatever the case, Cornell says the story has Neil Gaiman’s seal of approval, which should mean a lot to longtime “Sandman” fans.
Though the worlds of the Sandman and the DC superheroes have bled into one another from time to time, ACTION COMICS #894 marks a unique moment for not only Death, but the star of ACTION – Lex Luthor. Luthor, as fans of the series know, is in the midst of a storyline that takes him on a winding and dangerous quest for power – a quest that will bring the megalomaniacal villain into close proximity with characters in and beyond the far reaches of the DC Universe.
Here’s how Cornell billed the upcoming meeting:
“Death appearing in Action Comics was my own mad idea, the extreme case of putting Luthor up against characters he’s not used to dealing with.”
“I’m very pleased that, after I ran the idea by him, Neil Gaiman approved me using Death in this issue. He’s been very supportive. It’s so interesting to see her back in the DC Universe. Though Vertigo readers can rest assured that the character, and the way she’s used, will be true to the spirit of what has gone before.”