DC will bring a Thai horror twist to the world of the Sandman in a new limited series, The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives, by writer Pornsak Pichetshote, artist Jeff Stokely, and colorist Miquel Muerto.

Sent to investigate the disappearance of a Thai American girl from her home in Los Angeles, the detectives find themselves tangled up with Thai ghosts and other horrific creatures from Thai folklore. The six-issue limited series will launch on December 27 with a main cover by Nimit Malavia and variant covers by Alex Eckman-Lawn and Tyler Crook, a 1:25 variant by Filipe Andrade, and a 1:50 variant by Yoshitaka Amano.

“This is definitely a horror book,” Pichetshote said in a statement accompanying the announcement, “as the boys discover Thai black magic’s getting more powerful in Los Angeles (the home of the largest Thai population outside Thailand), and it might even be changing the rules governing ghosts. All this, while Charles and Edwin, two ghost detectives, are secretly craving changes themselves—in a coming-of-age story starring two boys who can’t grow up.”

The Dead Boy Detectives were created as part of The Sandman by writer Neil Gaiman and artist Matt Wagner, and they last appeared in comics form in 2013-14, when they got their own Vertigo series by writer Toby Litt and artist Mark Buckingham (see “Six New Vertigo Launches”).

News broke in April that HBO Max had placed an order for an eight-episode Dead Boy Detectives series (see “‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Ordered”), and Collider reports that filming will begin in November.

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