I’ve just banged up a quick bit of thought about what Volume 3 of Last War in Albion might look like, finally sorting through the business of figuring out what belongs to Volume 3 and what goes in Volume 4 with Sandman. I put it up as a Kickstarter update, but it’s the sort of thing I would normally post here, so I figured I’d link it.
But in the name of giving Tumblr good content, I’ll think through Volume 4 here, since thinking through Volume 3 meant figuring out Volume 4 implicitly.
Volume 4 is Sandman, but also the early days of Vertigo. Since Volume 5 is going to pick up again in 1993 only focusing on Moore and Morrison again, Volume 4 is going to mostly avoid them. I figure the obvious structure is to hinge the book on 1993. So I figure I’ll take Sandman fairly linearly, going basically trade-by-trade, with Fables and Reflections being broken up and put where it went chronologically.
So everything through Game of You will focus on Sandman itself - its own influences, what it’s doing, some of Gaiman’s other work in the period, and a whole lot of more… literary stuff. Lots of chasing down Gaiman’s antecedents. I imagine I’ll be spending a lot of time in the annotations for this half.
And then the second half will start to open up more, still doing solid readings of Sandman, but paralleled with the early days of Vertigo. You’ll get the Ennis Hellblazer in here, Rachel Pollack’s Doom Patrol, Books of Magic, Children’s Crusade, probably Mystery Play and Sebastian O by Morrison, and something that’s a little bit more of a tick-tock on the first three years of Vertigo - that period when, quite frankly, they were one of the few things in the American comics industry that weren’t completely and utterly fucked. And then end it with some of Gaiman’s early post-Sandman material, since I expect he’s going to move to the background after Volume 4 and not quite emerge again until 2001, so jumping ahead just a little and doing, say, Neverwhere and/or Stardust here wouldn’t be unreasonable.
But that’s at $7500, which, despite a very good first day, I’m not counting my chickens.
Also, it’s miles ahead, and so I should stop thinking so much about it and start finding pretty pictures for the second Captain Britain post.