- 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)
Absolute Death HC Hardcover – 16 Oct 2009
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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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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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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.
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.
I hope for a simular Lucifer volume