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From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comes the young pale perky fan favorite character Death in a new Absolute Edition collecting her solo adventures Featuring the miniseries Death The High Cost of Living 1 3 in which Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250 year old homeless woman find her missing heart The Absolute Death collects the miniseries Death The High Cost of Living and Death The Time of Your Life together with The Sound of Her Wings and Façade from The Sandman 8 and 20 the P Craig Russell illustrated Death and Venice from The Sandman Endless Nights and the never before reprinted stories A Winter's Tale and The Wheel This deluxe volume also features an introduction by The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer as well as extensive galleries of Death portraits and retail products sketches by artist Chris Bachalo and the complete original script by Gaiman for The Sandman 8

10 thoughts on “The Absolute Death

  1. says:

    Ok I didn't actually make it all the way through the Sandman series It just wasn't my cuppa but I loved Death and thought the character was brilliantSo for people like myself who don't enjoy the gloomy weirdness of some of the source material this the perfect way to enjoy a portion of what all the cool kids rave about In this Death isn't evil scary or something to be feared And why should she be? It's the next part of Life and we all do it eventually Now I'm not religious but I think there's something after thisNot because I have any proof I just prefer to think that In fact my secret hope is that we all get superpowers like the X Men or something and then spend eternity going on adventures and righting wrongs in the afterlife hey it's not any crazier than any other version out there so let me dreamSpeaking of Dream nice segue there huh? he pops up in the first issue and mopes around for a few minutes which should make all the Sandman fans suee a little bit I guess the main thing I love about this one is the overall tone of the stories As in death is natural and there's no reason to be terrified of our inevitable ends but at the same time there's no reason to rush towards it There's a good moral of the story in this without a lot of what I've come to think of as Gaiman's hallucinogenic ramblingsRecommended

  2. says:

    This is the ultimate death collection Death is my favourite character from The Sandman series and uite possibly my favourite comic book character of all time I just think she’s brilliant and this book here is a celebration of her It collects all the issues she’s present in The Sandman along with her own individual stories There’s so much fantastic artwork in here too It’s just a great collection Death The High Cost of Living Gaiman’s Sandman is such a brilliant and creative series; yet for all that Dream does not have much personality Death is a far better character “It's no harder to be nice than it is to be creepy And it's much fun” I love what Gaiman has done with her Death is the end but she is also something we will all have to accept with open arms There’s no escaping her and perhaps that’s why she is so welcoming here It is fate that we will one day meet her And she’s so likable; she has a big smile and an even bigger heart The people she meets cannot resist her charm and easy going manner They like her They want to be around her and one day they will be forever In these issues a young boy wishes for her He is a typical teenager broody moody and full of self loathing He hates his life and he wants it all to end Death appears Instead of taking him she makes him realise that life is in fact worth living His attitude was wrong He failed to see beyond his own situation and understand that others were far unfortunate than him Death taught him a lesson she taught him that life must come first It always ends That’s what gives it value Death The Time of Your Life I have a bit of a thing for Death I really like the concept behind the character so much and well I think she’s rather lovely Rather than death becoming an idea associated with negativity; it is something to be embraced and accepted It is a natural part of life; thus she is relaxed and very mellow She does not need to give those at their end much coercion to go with her Her calming presence is all they need She’s also rather wise “People don’t bore me I like people” “Really? All of them” “All of them” “Even the creepy ones?”“Nobody’s creepy from the inside Hazel Some of them are sad and some of them hurt and some of them think they’re the only real thing in the whole world But they’re not creepy”And then there's this As great as she is she took a back seat in this story and did not feel very present like she did in the previous volume It felt like she was appearing in someone else’s story rather than her own This needed far of her for it to truly belong to herFinal ThoughtsSo you’ve probably gathered that I like these comics a lot There’ve been a good break from The Sandman series which I will be picking up again soon to finally finish it off That being said though I’d love to see Gaiman write Death comics in the future One can live and die in hope

  3. says:

    You don't need this book It's absolutely unnecessary That said unnecessary things can often be extraordinary The book collects together the various stories of Death older sister of Dream and freuent player in Gaiman's classic Sandman series The physical book as with the four volumes of Absolute Sandman is a glorious thing hardcovered in a slipcase oversized stunningly designed Unlike the Sandman books though the contents are on the slender side The first two stories about Death already appear in the Absolute Sandman books and what's left are a couple of slender graphic novels and single strips To bulk the book out there's a massive collection of art and other miscellany It's a completist's piece If you stumped up for the Absolute Sandman this is a fine way to bookend that collectionThe stories themselves are lovely things uite different from Sandman It's in the name Dream is a massive extraordinary concept around which anything can happen Death is a private lonely thing and these tales reflect that They're personal intimate vignettes in some ways crafted together with Gaiman's flair for blending language storytelling humour and the macabre I loved them and thankfully most are available in cheaper editions elsewhere Personally I like beautiful unnecessary things and this edition makes me very happy

  4. says:

    This series is EVERYTHING I have ever wanted from a graphic novel series and I first fell in love with Death when we met her in Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes and I was thrilled to discover this whole series was about her The story is absolutely fascinating and I fell in in love with Death she is absolutely fascinating and such an amazing character Special mention goes out to all the artists who were a part of this series as well because the art here is absolutely STUNNING I’ve never seen anything like it or enjoyed artwork it is seriously BEYOND amazing

  5. says:

    This book represents the collected stories of Death the Sandman's sister and one of the seven endless The character was first introduced in the Sandman stories and eventually got to star in her own stories she has appeared elsewhere including another Sandman spin off series Lucifer These stories range from short one off stories to uite an involved and multi threaded story about Foxglove no spoilers as you no doubt realise The stories I think are very sensitively handled after all here you have a persona which has a job to do collecting the dead and yet is both sympathetic and gentle In fact there is uite a point made that every 100 years she becomes human to walk among us to remind herself what it is like to be human So on one hand you have as I say one of the endless and on the other you have someone who is willing to engage with us and talk to us I think there is an amusing comment in one of the stories where she introduces herself and the come back is that they thought death was taller thinner and enjoyed playing chess with ScandinaviansI will admit that I think that there is only so much you could do with a character like this after all the dead would still be needed to be collected however what you have here is a fascinating new take on a old character

  6. says:

    Death The Deluxe Edition That perky goth punk girl named DeathOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI’ve loved rediscovering the world of mature comics thanks to one of its most beloved and well respected series Neil Gaiman’s 75 volume SANDMAN epic What to do when done though? When I first picked up Sandman Overture in Deluxe Hardcover last Christmas I noticed an understated volume next to it simply called Death Sounds fairly grim I thought But the cover artwork by Dave McKean was intriguing muted colors a dark haired women in profile with the hint of a dark wing behind her some blue roses superimposed and other unidentifiable but haunting images On the back it simply said “You’ll See Her Again” with a white ankh symbol floating in darkness Since there was a 3 for 2 sale going on I grabbed this just to make 3 the other one was Alan Moore’s Watchmen knowing only that Gaiman wrote it and guessing it had some relation to the SANDMAN seriesI’m really glad I got it It turns out to be a collection of stories that focus on perhaps the most popular member of the Endless other than Dream Normally people think Grim Reaper black cloak and hood skeleton face and sickle in hand Well hand it to Gaiman to come up with something original and much fun After all Death is generally a serious subject and we shouldn’t be flippant about it Most people don’t want to think about or confront death other than the cheap thrills of horror films or the guilty relief that we feel hearing news reports of car accidents terrorist attacks and natural disasters How tragic we think How terrible for the victims’ friends and families And thank goodness it wasn’t us or anyone we know That last thought is rarely vocalized but I think it’s generally thereIn any case Death of the Endless is hardly what any of us expect to meet when our time comes First off she is a woman Second she is young spiky haired attractive in a punkgoth way and has a knowing and wistful smile Initially those she encounters try to pretend they don’t recognize her but they know And despite having an extremely busy schedule she doesn’t seem to be rushing at all Just a gentle insistence given with a glance that your time is up as you look at your prone body and her outstretched hand She will listen to the usual uestions like “Why now?” “Can’t I have time?” “What Happens Next?” “Am I going to Heaven or Hell?” etc But don’t expect a detailed answer You have to punch your ticket to find that out folksThis collection contains a number of well known stories about Death that have previously appeared in the main SANDMAN series such as “The Sound of Her Wings” from Volume One Preludes and Nocturnes “Facade” from Volume Four Dream Country and “Death and Venice” from Sandman Endless Nights But it also includes two major independent story arcs “The High Cost of Living” and “The Time of Your Life” that feature characters from SANDMAN They are definitely of interest to anyone who is a fan of either Death or SANDMAN It even contains a very extensive gallery of different artists’ renditions of Death — she sure is popular And last but not least a little sex education from Death with a cameo by Constantine A bit awkward but better safe than sorryRead as a whole our cute goth punk goddess represents a very different philosophical view of Death After all all living things die at some point and most of us do not control the timing or circumstances of our death But Gaiman is keen to explore the varied responses of people both mortal and slightly when their number is called Some are upset some accepting most anxious and uncertain but what unites them all is that deep down although they think they know what is coming actually they don’t Sure all the religions of the world claim to know about the afterlife if there is one and generally teach that your behavior and beliefs during life will determine if you get a deluxe room for eternity or perhaps something a bit less comfy Some people live their lives in trepidation of this many millions have been terrorized with images of burning hell fires and tortures for the sinners and damned Others believe they will re enter the cycle of reincarnation with karma from the most recent life determining your position in the next And yet others think that’s end of the line Finito DoneI don’t pretend to have the faintest idea but I certainly wouldn’t have pictured such a sweet and understanding escort to the Sunless Lands Because it seems that Lady Death is mainly in charge of coming to fetch you and escorting you there but after that it’s still a big uestion mark The 60 million dollar uestion And the answer is probably not 42 I’m afraid You’ll have to read this volume to draw your own conclusions but all I will say is that maybe we’re asking the wrong uestion Instead of worrying about death and what happens afterward perhaps we should spend time thinking about living a meaningful life instead I’m just sayin’

  7. says:

    Well that was just a tiny bit wonderful Who am I kidding? It was brilliantDeath The Deluxe Edition is an accompaniment of the Sandman series by master storyteller Neil Gaiman I loved Death in the original Sandman series how just and fair she was and of course her depiction in most artwork she is stunning so when I found out that he was bringing out a volume entirely dedicated to her I knew I had to read it This volume did not disappoint I was a fan of most of the artwork and the Death gallery at the end was superb To actually see how so many other talented illustrators depicted her was a feast for the eyes The two longest stories in this collection were The Time of Your Life and The Cost of Living I thoroughly enjoyed both of these and whilst they were not exactly action packed I appreciated them for what they were well written poetic and uite beautiful pieces Gaiman has a real flair for language for sentiment and feeling and this is evident in all of his work but especially in the Sandman The shorter works I had already read before but it was lovely to re read them again and fall in love with Death and Gaiman's style Simply put a must for Sandman fans 5 stars

  8. says:

    I know some will hate me for this but I gave up on Sandman It’s not necessarily horrible or anything I read the first absolute collection and liked it but the second one went downhill IMO However I was still interested in Death I mean who the hell wouldn’t be interested in a cute sweet but sometimes snarky grim reaper and before anyone has uestions yes I’m literally attracted to Death? So yeah I still decided to read this and am really glad I didWhat’s it about?This book collects miscellaneous adventures of the Sandman universe’s personification of DeathProsThe story is pretty interesting It’s very fun but morbid at the same time which is pretty cool IMO It’s also very creative at timesThe art is very well done throughout by multiple different artists It seems to mostly stick to that cartoony but not SUPER cartoony style that a lot of 80s and 90s comics have but I like that art style so it works for meThe characters are interesting The most interesting is obviously Death IMO but some of the others are interesting tooThe pace works well What I mean is that this is not as action filled as most of the stuff I’m into it’s a bit slower of a story however it didn’t bore me it works well for the kind of story that it isThe comic relief is good It is typically slightly dark humor but then again I like dark humor very much just look at the fucked up memes I upvote on Reddit or the comedy I watch or the fact I laugh at deaths in movies that the rest of the audience gets terrified by so yeahThere’s a surprisingly fun informative and nice PSA bit about STDs Normally PSA kinda things in comics annoy the shit out of me but it’s so fun and well written hereThe social commentary in this book works well It’s not forced hell some may not even notice and it feels natural to the storyConsThe dialogue is sorta iffy It’s not bad but some of it doesn’t seem relevant and it’s just wordy than it really needs to beThe stories are pretty predictableThe cursive in the last story chapter is annoying In all fairness I have a problem with cursive I am capable of mostly reading it but it does strain my eyes a little and it can occasionally be hard to make out what certain words are meant to be so I don’t like heavy amounts of itThe ending of the final story is a bit unsatisfyingOverallI enjoyed this book It gave me a mostly satisfactory final adventure with this adorable little personification of Death Is it weird that I called Death adorable multiple times in this review? Perhaps but look at who’s review it is and the fact that I’m talking about a Vertigo comic written by Neil Gaiman It’s a fun creative story with great art an interesting character some slightly dark comic relief and Sure I had a few minor issues but this book is still a hell of a good time Recommended for sure45

  9. says:

    My favorite of the Sandman books I enjoy his take on Death and by extension her take on the world I would've really been interested to see her character in a different medium ie a novel or short storyBlog | Instagram | Twitter

  10. says:

    Very good compilation of Neil Gaiman's character DeathIt might be surprising but I've never read anything with this character before although I am familiar with the the popular miniseries The High Cost of Living So I went into this cold I was pleasantly surprised at the philosophical depth of the stories My favorite story by far was The Wheel Lots of hope hidden in this one My least favorite was Death in Venice it just didn't connect for me