Among the many beloved characters of Neil Gaimanis acclaimed The Sand seller The series are Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, a pair of ghostly children who team up to solve mysteries. This Morning DC Comics announcement that the duo affectionately known as the Dead Boy Detectives will return in December in a new six-issue miniseries. The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives is written by Pornsak Pitchershotillustrated by Jeff Stokelycolored by Michael Muertoand lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
This is how DC describes The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives:
In Pichetshote and Stokely’s new six-issue comic miniseries, Edwin and Charles are hired to find a missing Thai-American girl named Jai, only for her to be found dead. Except no. Because Jai, along with his two friends Tanya and Melvin, are all ghosts like Edwin and Charles. Except no. Every child is Thai, with power like Edwin and Charles have never seen before, and they’ve all died in Los Angeles at different times over the past fifty years! And dangerously close to the boys’ adventure, the witch Thessaly finds herself held hostage by dangerous magic – both a threat to her life and an insult to her ego that simply won’t go unanswered…
The first issue of the series will sport a main cover of Nimit Malaviaas well as a number of variant covers by Alex Eckman Lawn (open on order), Tyler Crook (open on order), Philippe Andrade (1:25), and Yoshitaka Amano (1:50).
Dead Boy Detectives marks the DC Comics debut for Eisner winner Pornsak Pichetshote, whose series The good asian with the artist Alexander Tefengki won Best Limited Series earlier this year. In a statement announcing the series, Pichetshote spoke about the expansion of the world and characters of The sand man:
“Sandman’s genius is the way it seamlessly integrates different genres, stories and folklore, something that definitely inspired Jeff and me to Dead Boy Detectives,” Pichetshote said. “As a Thai-American, I grew up around all that wonderful Thai folklore that never made it to American pop culture, so by introducing some of my favorite Neil Gaiman characters into the truly creepy and bizarre world of Thai ghosts, we’ll be giving horror fans something new and of Sandman.
“It’s definitely a horror book,” Pichetshote continued, “as the boys discover that Thai black magic is growing more powerful in Los Angeles (home to the largest Thai population outside of Thailand), and it might even change the rules governing ghosts.All of this, as two ghost detectives Charles and Edwin secretly search for changes themselves in a coming-of-age story starring two boys who can’t grow up. .
Check out a preview of the first issue’s panels, plus variant covers by Eckman-Lawn, Crook, and Andrade, below. The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #1 (of 6) is set to hit stores and digitally on Tuesday, December 27.