Due to Gaiman's increased popularity resulting from his critically acclaimed series Sandman, DC chose to collect some of his earliest and hardest- to-find work in a single volume. Included is his previously unpublished "tryout" story for DC editor Karen Berger. The story, "Jack in the Green", was illustrated by Stephen R. Bissette and John Totleben, colored by Tatjana Wood, and lettered by John Costanza, the same team that collaborated on much of Alan Moore's celebrated run on Swamp Thing.
Other stories in the collection include:
- "Hold Me", a John Constantine tale with art by frequent Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean, originally published as Hellblazer #27;
- "Brothers", a Swamp Thing story in which Swamp Thing doesn't appear, but Brother Power the Geek does, with art by Richard Piers Rayner, Mike Hoffman, and Kim DeMulder, originally published as Swamp Thing Annual #5;
- "Shaggy God Stories", a post-Millennium Floronic Man story with art by Mike Mignola, also from Swamp Thing Annual #5;
- "Sandman Midnight Theatre", the one and only meeting between the Golden Age Sandman and the Sandman of the Endless, originally published as the Sandman Midnight Theatre one-shot, co-written by Matt Wagner(co-plot) and Neil Gaiman (co-plot/script), with painted art by Teddy Kristiansen.
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