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Hell & Gone is the seventh series in The Sandman Universe. The story is a crossover between the characters of Locke & Key and the world of The Sandman.


If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming!  The epic crossover between two of the most beloved fantasy universes in comics begins here.

John "Jack" Locke is ten years dead, but that hasn't stopped him from posting the occasional letter home... from Hell. Now Mary Locke will do anything to save her brother's soul, including cut a deal with Roderick Burgess - the most evil man in England  -to search for answers in the House of Mystery and risk the walking nightmare known as the Corinthian to find help in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams![1]


Issue Title Writer Penciller Inker Colorist
0 Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #0 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodriguez
Kelley Jones
Gabriel Rodriguez
Malcolm Jones III
Jay Fotos
Steve Oliff
1 Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #1 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodriguez Gabriel Rodriguez Jay Fotos
2 Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #2 Joe Hill Gabriel Rodriguez Gabriel Rodriguez Jay Fotos


  • When the series was announced, it was reported the Key to Hell, first shown in Season of Mists, would play a pivotal role in the crossover.[2]
  • Neil Gaiman serves as consultant on the crossover.[3]
  • Issue 0 collects Locke & Key: Open the Moon and Preludes and Nocturnes: "Sleep of the Just",[4] as well as a reprint of the Guide to the Known Keys. This issue serves as a re-introduction and an informer to anyone who is unfamiliar with either series, in preparation for the release of issue 1.[4]
  • The issues were printed under each of its property's respective publishers: IDW printed issue 1 under the Locke & Key title in April 2021,[6] while DC Comics will be printing issue 2 under the Sandman Universe title in early 2021.[7][8] Despite this, the second issue will be titled The Sandman Universe – Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #1 due to being in the Sandman Universe line.[8]


The Sandman
Collections Preludes and NocturnesThe Doll's HouseDream CountrySeason of MistsA Game of YouFables and ReflectionsBrief LivesWorlds' EndThe Kindly OnesThe Wake
Novellas Midnight TheatreThe Dream HuntersEndless NightsOverture
The Sandman Universe The DreamingHouse of WhispersLuciferBooks of MagicJohn Constantine: HellblazerThe Dreaming: Waking HoursHell & GoneNightmare Country
Other Death: The Time of Your LifeDeath: The High Cost of LivingLuciferBook of Dreams