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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 characterIt s no harder to be nice than it is to be creepy And it s muchfunI 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 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 characterIt s no harder to be nice than it is to be creepy And it s muchfunI 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 farunfortunate than him Death taught him a lesson she taught him that life must come firstIt always ends That s what gives it valueSo I have only good things to say about this it s wise, funny and perfectly balanced go read it It is nothing short of criminal that I call myself a comic reader and yet have never read any of Gaiman s Sandman books I actually have the first volume at home ready to read, but thanks to my involvement with a comic book discussion group, this one ended up being my introduction to the Sandman universe, instead.Other readers have claimed this book has problems as a standalone book, but I found it to read quite nicely on its own The book largely centers on a depressed teenager named Sexton s e It is nothing short of criminal that I call myself a comic reader and yet have never read any of Gaiman s Sandman books I actually have the first volume at home ready to read, but thanks to my involvement with a comic book discussion group, this one ended up being my introduction to the Sandman universe, instead.Other readers have claimed this book has problems as a standalone book, but I found it to read quite nicely on its own The book largely centers on a depressed teenager named Sexton s encounter with Death in the form of a perky young woman , who takes him on a strange trip through the city while two mysterious figures nip at both of their heels By the time Didi leaves him whether returned to the ether or simply and mundanely dead, Sexton s not quite sure he has a new perspective on living and dying.Now, granted, the plot is rather dreamy and loose My experience with Gaiman s stuff thus far, however, leads me to believe that this is merely a function of his storytelling style Well, that and the fact that this indeed is a spinoff from a larger universe, which necessitates there being pieces of the mythology that aren t as clear to first time readers like me Even so, the metaphor rich fable worked for me, and the character work is great I understand why Death got her own spinoff, because she s awesome.The art is a little dated, as one might expect from a comic published in 1994 The penciling and colors are typical for their age, lending a classic feeling to the illustrations Also, Didi s pop goth look, complete with shaggy hair, studded belt, and The Crow esque eye makeup, are definite artifacts of an earlier time The introduction by Tori Amos and the lighthearted PSA about AIDS and proper condom use complete the trip down memory lane for me This is not a problem, as far as I m concerned it took me back to the last time I read comics this frequently, which is definitely a good thing Still, these retro elements exist, so be aware.I liked this one a lot In fact, I d peg it as a great introduction to the Sandman books I got a taste of those books world, and now I m ready to begin properly with it It s strange Gaiman s Sandman is a far better story overall than his death books But I think Death herself is a much better character. This graphic novel seems to me to be all too typical of Gaiman s work It s slick, but there s not really terribly much to it There are good ideas but he doesn t do much with them It s not that it s bad, it isn t It s just not as good as you d hoped it would be after reading the cover blurb The idea is great for one day every century Death becomes a mortal, walking among us, so that she can understand what it is that she takes away from us The character of Death herself is marvellous I l This graphic novel seems to me to be all too typical of Gaiman s work It s slick, but there s not really terribly much to it There are good ideas but he doesn t do much with them It s not that it s bad, it isn t It s just not as good as you d hoped it would be after reading the cover blurb The idea is great for one day every century Death becomes a mortal, walking among us, so that she can understand what it is that she takes away from us The character of Death herself is marvellous I like the idea of Death looking like a teenage goth girl, and actually being a rather sweet person The story, though, doesn t really go anywhere and doesn t make the most of the idea and the character I ve never read anything by Gaiman that I ve actively disliked he just leaves me feeling like I ve eaten a McDonald s burger rather than an actual meal One day in every century Death takes on human flesh, better to comphrehend what the lives she takes must feel like, to taste the bitter tang of mortality I love the Sandman series, and Death is my second favorite of the Endless I liked this graphic novel installment, and while not great, it s an interesting story and the art is good The Death Talks about Life pamphlet at the end of the book endorsing safe sex is brilliant I love Gaiman s take on Death She is so muchappealing than t One day in every century Death takes on human flesh, better to comphrehend what the lives she takes must feel like, to taste the bitter tang of mortality I love the Sandman series, and Death is my second favorite of the Endless I liked this graphic novel installment, and while not great, it s an interesting story and the art is good The Death Talks about Life pamphlet at the end of the book endorsing safe sex is brilliant I love Gaiman s take on Death She is so muchappealing than the Grim Reaper model A sexy, always smiling, genuinely interested in people, and always dressed in black female version has my vote In this installment Death meets Sexton Furnival, a jaded, suicidal sixteen year old, and they spend an odd and rather alarming day in New York City Because from sixteen to sixty and beyond we all need to be reminded of the cost and value of living Mindless multiple gasporgasms. It would be really neat if death was somebody, and not just nothing, or pain, or blackness And it would be really good if death could be somebody like Didi Somebody funny, and friendly, and nice, and maybe just a tiny bit crazy Sexton Furnival, one of the main characters of Death The High Cost of Living, shares this sentiment with me and perhaps also with legions of other Sandman readers when they meet Death of the Endless for the first time in Preludes and Nocturnes It s a nice thought, o It would be really neat if death was somebody, and not just nothing, or pain, or blackness And it would be really good if death could be somebody like Didi Somebody funny, and friendly, and nice, and maybe just a tiny bit crazy Sexton Furnival, one of the main characters of Death The High Cost of Living, shares this sentiment with me and perhaps also with legions of other Sandman readers when they meet Death of the Endless for the first time in Preludes and Nocturnes It s a nice thought, or a profound wish if you will, and it only proves that Gaiman created one of the best unconventional characters that touch the readers hearts.Death The High Cost of Living is a spin off of the Sandman series I just finished rereading the sixth volume, Fables and Reflections, and I would have reviewed it and gone on to Brief Lives except that I m craving for a lot of Death perkiness and peachiness that I decided to skip to this novel first It contained no spoiler for the rest of the graphic novels anyway This triple issue miniseries tells one of those days , when Death walks the earth as a mortal so she could taste the bitter tang of mortality , some kind of a requirement for being the divider between life and afterlife Here, Death takes on human flesh as a girl named Didi, and she literally stumbles upon Sexton Furnival, a suicidal boy In a whole day they spent together, both took from each other important lessons about life and the value of it.There is nothing much to say about the plot even if there is an antagonist of sorts in the form of the Eremite, the spotlight is on the Death incarnate and Sexton Didi clearly treats the requirement of being a mortal as a gift, as she seems to enjoy the company of people, the food, the music, and other trivialities that most humans take for granted Sexton wants to commit suicide because of all the other deeper reasons he could possibly think of he is bored He doesn t love anyone, doesn t hate anyone, he isn t a hero and there isn t a bad guy out to get him in short he thinks there isn t anything interesting happening in his life and he might as well be dead What I find amusing is that Sexton, deep inside, must not really want to die The first thing he ever does when a refrigerator falls on him in the garbage dump is scream for help In the end, after interacting with Didi Death, he admits to thinking of life so much after the day they spent together In such a short time, he matures and values lifeDidi on the other hand admits to wishing her one day life could have never ended, but her Death self which enigmatically exists in another plane says that s what gives life value its ending.All in all it s a very interesting read, an account in a day in a life of this someone format The premise, as I ve said, isn t really meaty at all, but the witty banters and the extreme charisma of Didi give the story a sheer gravity Plus the art is gorgeous too Loved it Gaiman s portrayal of Death is truly unlike any other, friendly, kind, and funny It s not hard to see why she s kinda becomingpopular than Morpheus himself Personally, while Sandman has better story, I like Deaththam Dream Too bad there isn tof the story. (FREE PDF) Â Death: The High Cost of Living Ø From the pages of Neil Gaiman s SANDMAN comes the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor Today is that day As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps ayear old homeless woman find her missing heart What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and of course death A fitting story about Death spending a day mortal Mysterious and entertaining It s always a good time when Dead of the endless is around She s just that good a character.It s funny, I remember having the 6 page Death talks about STDs comic back in the day that appears at the end of this book It really shows how it s a product of its time by having her explain Aids and STDs to readers Since this comic was released in the early 90s, the Aids epidemic was very much still in the minds of people A fitting story about Death spending a day mortal Mysterious and entertaining It s always a good time when Dead of the endless is around She s just that good a character.It s funny, I remember having the 6 page Death talks about STDs comic back in the day that appears at the end of this book It really shows how it s a product of its time by having her explain Aids and STDs to readers Since this comic was released in the early 90s, the Aids epidemic was very much still in the minds of people It s just amusing to see it again