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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Slp edition (16 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224639
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 4.1 x 38.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A comic strip for intellectuals." - --Norman Mailer"<br /><br />"* "Easily the best comics series around." --Time Out *<br /><br />"* "Easily the best comics series around." --Time Out *<br /><br />"* "Easily the best comics series around." --Time Out *

"* "Easily the best comics series around." --Time Out * --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys, and won critical acclaim for his first feature film, Mirrormask, with long-time collaborator Dave McKean. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
just how they would do an Absolute edition 360 pages long, when there have only been two 3-part miniseries which take up half of that at most, featuring the character and written only by Neil Gaiman.

In part, DC cheated by reprinting two stories, which have already been reprinted the Absolute Sandman volumes, featuring Death. But it's only a little cheat as the first story is the introduction of the character to the Sandman mythos and can be considered essential to an Absolute collection. The second story, hmmm -no, that is a cheat.

Then we get to the meat of the book, the two miniseries which are terrific, but then you already knew that as few people are likely to buy this who aren't familiar with the character unless they've got more money than, umm, money.

Next up we have a couple of stories, one from a little seen original Vertigo sampler, and one from a comic I'd never even heard of and, therefore, hadn't read the story before -whoohoo! Last of the stories is from Endless Nights -a definite cheat, though at least that volume hasn't been reprinted in the Absolute Sandman and remains a standalone.

The final 100+ pages are taken up with a miscellany of galleries, scripts with orginal pencil artwork, and sundry bits and pieces of ephemera.

So really, it's pretty much all you ever wanted to know about Death (the Gaiman character) with lots of pretty pictures by some brilliant artists. Despite being a somewhat hotchpotch collection, it's also weird and wonderful and thoroughly brilliant and an essential companion to those Absolute Sandman editions that you and I have occupying pride of place on our bookshelves.
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I enjoyed reading the Absolute Sandman books so much I decided to buy Absolute Death to complete the set. It comes in the same matching oversized version, beautiful hardback and slipcase. It has the 2 Death mini series - "The High Cost of Living" and "The Time of Your Life" also found in the Deluxe versions which can be bought for £10 paperback or £15 hardback plus lots of extras to make up the 360 pages, including 2 Sandman issues featuring Death: "The Sound of her Wings" and "Façade", also "Death and Venice", "A Winter's Tale", "The Wheel", galleries of Death portraits, sketches, etc. Well worth paying the extra money as it costs £40+ to get everything in one luxurious volume.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e9d52d0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e86ceb8) out of 5 stars For the die-hard Sandman fan only 1 Nov. 2009
By Trevor Burnham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you already have all 4 volumes of The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 on your shelf, you'll be pleased to know that this finely-crafted collection, though thinner than any of the Sandman volumes, will look equally pleasing on your shelf. However, if you're not a collector with money to burn, you should think carefully. This is a very expensive comic book, and disappointingly short on content.

There are two issues of The Sandman in here (#8 and #20), a handful of short pieces (only one of which, "Death and Venice," memorable for me), and a hundred pages of miscellany (sketches, promotional pieces, a curious pamphlet about AIDS called "Death Talks About Life"). All of this felt like fluff to me. The meat of the volume is two 3-part stories: "The High Cost of Living" and "The Time of Your Life." I was indifferent to the latter, but "The High Cost of Living" is a very solid short story in the classic Neil Gaiman tradition. Fortunately, it's available in a much cheaper volume: Death: The High Cost of Living

If you're on a budget, you can live without Absolute Death.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4633d8) out of 5 stars Peachy keen? 30 Oct. 2009
By Ralph Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this book is a bit overpriced if you pay full list price. However, like the other volumes in DC's "Absolute" series, it is very high quality. Since the two Death miniseries ("The High Cost of Living" and "The Time of Your Life") were only three issues apiece, some padding was needed to make this into an Absolute. It was originally to be called "The Compleat Death", but it was later changed into an Absolute, perhaps so it would match the Absolute Sandman volumes on the shelf (which it does). Note that if you have Absolute Sandman Vol. 1, two stories in that volume also appear here (#8 and #20), along with the Death story from the "Endless Nights" graphic novel, a few short vignettes, the Death Talks About Sex PSA pamphlet, the Death Gallery (which benefits the most from the larger format), a merchandise gallery and Neil Gaiman's complete script for Sandman #8 (with the original pencils). "The High Cost of Living" (which has been relettered for this edition) is the highlight of this book; it is here that penciler Chris Bachalo created the version of the character that would become most familiar to comics fans for the next decade. The original printing of Death: The High Cost of Living #1 erroneously split up a 2-page sequence (the left half of a splash page appeared on the right, and you had to turn the page to see the right side of the picture). No such problems here. This is the definitive Death collection. It is probably not worth $100, but if you buy it with a discount from Amazon or otherwise can pick it up as a discount, it may be worth it. Note: I don't think anything has been recolored, with the exception of Sandman #8 (which was also in Absolute Sandman Vol. 1).
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4633a8) out of 5 stars worth every penny 16 Nov. 2009
By M. Buso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
So I won't waste time recapping what is in this collection.. the other reviewers cover it pretty well. However, I will call attention to 1) the astounding beauty that the larger Absolute format brings to the work, 2) the complete-ness you feel in this collection (its got all the major Death in it - if you were a Death-goth kid you may not have wanted to buy Absolute Sand 1 just for the 2 Death issues, so they are included here - I see that as very reader-friendly of DC), 3) how great it is in connection with the 4 Sandman collections - amazingly amazing. Gaiman is an incarnation in his own right, and 4) how much I love DC for including the Death / AIDS pamphlet. It is surprisingly hard to find, and yet of great interest as an historical comic artifact and something that is still relevant to this day - using comics as education never gets old, especially when it promotes understanding and tolerance. If you're a Gaiman fan, a Death fan, a Sandman fan, or all of the above, buy this - just don't pay full price (it's worth it, but save yourself some dough, eh!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46375c) out of 5 stars Absolute Best 26 Nov. 2009
By Freya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Beautifully presented book of Neil Gaiman's character Death. Including both graphic novel mini-series ('Death: The high cost of living' and 'Death: The time of your life') to the major appearances in the 'Sandman' titles and extra's like rare Vertigo special appearances and a wonderful Gallery of Portraits.
Book includes a great introduction from the amazing Amanda Palmer.
This edition and the four Absolute Sandman titles have been my best buy in a long time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e46330c) out of 5 stars Another delightful and collectable Absolute volume 12 Feb. 2010
By Christopher Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While about 50% of Absolute Death stories are repeated in the main Sandman Absolute volumes, nevertheless the additional material and the overall quality thoughout is fantastic. Mat black cloth cover with cover box makes a wonderful and unusual addition to the bookcase.

I hope for a simular Lucifer volume
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