Synopses & Reviews
In this never-before-collected Vertigo event, children are mysteriously disappearing all over England. It's up a group of young heroes to find out how they ended up in the mystical land called The Free Country--and to figure out how to bring them home again.
This epic adventure features bookend chapters written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, and stars the young heroes from Vertigo titles, including Timothy Hunter (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC), The Dead Boy Detectives (THE SANDMAN), Maxine Baker (ANIMAL MAN), Tefé (SWAMP THING) and Dorothy Spinner (DOOM PATROL).
Collects The Children's Crusade #1-2, Animal Man Annual #1, Black Orchid Annual #1, Swamp Thing Annual #7, Arcana Annual #1 and Doom Patrol Annual #2.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The Dead Boy Detectives are on the case. When several children go missing in a small English town, a series of strange and unexpected twists take them to Free Country, a place that dates back a millennium, where children never grow old and are free from the abuse and tyranny of adults. But Free Country is failing, and what it needs is the strength of five innately powerful children-including the young sorcerer Timothy Hunter-to restore their uncanny world to what it once was.
Collects THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #1 and THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #2, written by Gaiman (who also pens a brand new introduction) with co-writers Alisa Kwitney and Jamie Delano. A brand-new middle chapter written by DEAD BOY DETECTIVES writer Toby Litt and drawn by artist Peter Gross (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, THE UNWRITTEN) completes this compelling tale of ancient history, stolen dreams and lost children. This graphic novel also features ties to essential Vertigo titles such as Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid, and Books of Magic, as well as a new cover art by DEAD BOY DETECTIVES artist Mark Buckingham.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.