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Absolute Death Hardcover – October 20, 2009
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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.
The interesting thing about this character is that in a lot of what I had read, she was hailed as being one of the first truly feminist characters in all of comics. She was the first character that wold get women out to the comics shop to shop and get the newest issue. I am not sure she is entirely feminist (as a matter of fact, the one or two Sandmans that I believe she was in that might be the most feminist story was not included in this collection, but I believe this was mostly intended to solely be spinoff material. While the anecdotes that I read somewhere (Art of Neil Gaiman, maybe? Some editorial somewhere?) may have been facts, I am not actually sure that this is is even a compliment to Gaiman's work, the character, and to the Sandman universe as a whole.
Sandman comics are hugely more introspective and beautiful than a lot of the other comic material out there, and it is interesting that there is even an audience. I do wonder if it is in fact more fair to say that Sandman and Death are the first almost literary comics to have the widest possible audience that – which does buck a trend – includes more women than most comics.Read more ›
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A gorgeous presentation. Makes a perfect companion to my ABSOLUTE SANDMAN collection.Published 3 months ago by Doubting Thomas
comes in a beautiful protective case, and looked amazing! even after 2+ years of moderate reading it is holding up well! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kyle
First off, this is one of the best authors for comic books there ever was. Death is my favorite character and the way Gaiman portrays her is amazing.Published on January 23, 2014 by GreenQueen33
The book has good stories and a great deluxe cover (the box is beautifull!!!). The new storie is not as good as the original Sandman's books, but it's still provides a nice... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Leonardo Pimenta Costa
It's a wonderfully bound collection of all the stories that have defined this wonderful character. There is so much depth to this character and this collection is every bit as... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by nomadtla
Death goes perfect with the Absolute series. The art and story will live forever in these books. Having met and worked for Neil at Comic Con I fell in love with the workings... Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by Lisha Ann McBride
I'm a pretty hardcore Sandman reader. All the trades, and Absolutes. I kept thinking to myself, "I wish there were more stories with Death," and I got my wish... Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Alexander P.
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. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Christopher Young
If you're even considering buying this you probably already know how good Neil Gaiman's Death stories are, so I'll just focus on the book itself. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Jacob Trahan