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Death: The Deluxe Edition

(Death of the Endless #1-2)

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From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN comes fan-favorite character Death in a new deluxe hardcover edition collecting her solo adventures!The first story introduces 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 da ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Vertigo
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Anne
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 brilliant.

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So, 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.

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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 thin
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This is the ultimate death collection!

Death is my favourite character from The Sandman series and quite 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.

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Death The High Cost of Living

Gaiman’s Sandman is such a brilliant and creative series; yet,
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Richard Wright
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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 frequent 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 ...more
Andrew
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 quite 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 her
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Stuart
Death: The Deluxe Edition: That perky goth-punk girl named Death
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I’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 i
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Lauren
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well that was just a tiny bit wonderful :)

Who am I kidding? It was brilliant!

Death: 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 Dea
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Miranda Reads
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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 - i.e. a novel or short story.

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L. McCoy
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to L. by: Some cute girl with dark hair and a weird necklace that said she’d see me soon, IDK
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 questions, yes I’m literally attracted to Death)? So yeah I still decided to read this and am really glad I did.

What’s it about?
This book collects misc
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Steve
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good compilation of Neil Gaiman's character, Death.

It 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.
Leah
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I still haven't finished all of the Sandman series, and it's still one of my goals. But, the absolute volumes are a tad cumbersome to read, and honestly, a bit overwhelming in the amount of words and sometimes, I just want something smaller.

So I pulled this off my shelf, and I'm so happy I did.

I think this goes in chronological order based on the series, because I recognized a few of the first stories, which appear in the first 2.5 absolute volumes that I've currently read. The others were
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Sud666
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Death:The Deluxe Edition contains Death: The High Cost of Living; Death: Time of your Life; as well as individual issues from his Sandman series. Obviously, these have to do with Dream's sister- Death.

This was a good series of stories. Neil Gaiman has created a very cool and very understanding avatar of Death. His Death is merciless, but not cruel. She is as much a part of man as is life. She is everywhere, all at once, and a part of nearly everything.

These short stories are uniformly good. Some
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Derek
This fabulous book collects:
"The Sound Of Her Wings,"
"Facade,"
"A Winter's Tale,"
"The High Cost of Living,"
"The Wheel,"
"The Time Of Your Life,"
"Death and Venice."
"Death Talks About Life (about AIDS & Safe sex, really)," and A Death Gallery.

Every story here is quite haunting in its beauty, buy I have to say that The Time of Your Life is an absolute favourite for me. I love how it ties in with Death: The High Cost of Living, as a sequel of sorts. For me, The High Cost of Living left a lot of
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Spider the Doof Warrior
This is a good collection of stories featuring the character Death, everyone's favourite cheerful goth with on fleek make up you see in your last moments. The first story in it is NOT my favourite. It has a maybe unintentional message of it's better to be dead than different that gets under my skin. The second one is the best. Sexton becomes friends with Didi who is Death in disguise having a mortal day to better understand existence. Great story. Its sequel is fantastic and also features the le ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very nicely produced collection, containing all the major material related to Neil Gaiman's Death. That focuses on the two core miniseries, but also includes a few shorts, two notable issues of Sandman, and more. Nice editorial work, from back when Vertigo was something.

The High Cost of Living. Neil Gaiman's first major foray into the larger world of the Endless was a miniseries about Death, and her one day of mortality each century. It's a sweet tale that makes "Didi" very real and th
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Michael Benavidez
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First thing first, I love Death. In the Sandman series she wasn't necessarily my favorite character, only because of the little time she was given in each appearance. My favorite Endless would have to go to Delirium, however whenever Death is given time she definitely steals the show.
So when I went in reading this, I knew it would be fantastic. It includes the arcs of Death that are included in the Sandman, including her first appearance at the end of the first Sandman arc.
It also includes two
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Katy-Del
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having read all of the stories and seeing the other hardback collections of the series, I know this will be an excellent volume to add to my collection. If I ever get to see Neil at a signing, I will have to bring my little red wagon so I don't hurt myself under the weight of the books.

Edited to add: I did get to meet Neil at a signing a The Majestic Theater in Dallas in 2013. We were limited to bringing one book and having a signed copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. After much contempla
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David Schaafsma
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, this is standalone stuff taken fro The Sandman that focus on this totally interesting female character, Death, and eventually drawn and colored by a variety of artists, some better than others, but the basic idea of taking a character out and looking at her solo contribution is not just a moneymaking idea, though it surely someone's idea for that, but it lets you see her stories for what they are, in themselves. I liked them a lot and the package is gorgeous and there's a huge gallery of cov ...more
Gavin
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I have to give this 5 stars based on content, quality of writing, and just philosophical ideas not usually attempted in a Comic Book/Graphic Novel.
The last Gaiman I read was Black Orchid, which was OK, but didn't capture me like Death did.
Death is a teen goth girl, or at least her manifestation is that.
This is a collection of a bunch of Death stories, including those that appeared in Sandman.
I would gush about this, but I'll just say, I found this very interesting, and one of the few books I wa
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Kevin Fanning
"Liked it" but I think I mainly liked it because of the character of Death herself, not any of her stories in particular. Actually I would argue Neil Gaiman has never really told a jaw-dropping 5-star story about Death, i.e. she has not gotten the story she deserves.

"The Sound of Her Wings" is a classic, we all love it, a little shmaltzy but OK.

"The High Cost of Living" is OK. Mainly interesting as a backdrop for the next story. I don't super care for the Mad Hettie framing, especially her rando
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Sam
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This volume brings together some of the best stories all based around my favourite character from the Sandman series, that of Death, sentient being, older sister to Dream and all round awesome 'person', as she travels the world to to experience life in its various forms and guises. I enjoyed these stories more than the Sandman volumes, probably because I prefer Death as a character compared to Dream so can get more engrossed in the story. The illustrations are superb and follow the same styling ...more
Lynn Rainbow
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars maybe - I liked it, but I didn't love it. I loved the athmosphere and a few quotes and Death's character, but I had a huge problem with the art style (not really my thing) and I felt bored a few times, because nothing really happened. I thought I would have liked this more because I love dark and cinical stuff, but I just wished it had more action. That's all. Not my cup of tea.
Wayne Barrett
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
"When the first living thing existed, I was there, waiting"
Diz
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Death is a very interesting character. Her cheerful demeanor and her matter-of-fact approach to the end of life is a refreshing change from how death is usually portrayed in media. Unfortunately, she is surrounded with mopey emo characters that drain the fun out of the stories. I'm not an angsty teen, so perhaps those characters weren't written for me.
Dan
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I talk about this book here - https://youtu.be/mJqgwgDPCuE
Bree Taylor
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this. love it love it love it. The whole story told in one volume. Is it weird that I want to be Death for Halloween?
Nigel
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I was no more able to resist the sweet charm and allure of Gaiman's Death when she was introduced in Sandman all those years ago, than any other impressionable young person in their late teens, but now I'm older and it seems to me that the real lesson of this incarnation is that it doesn't matter how Death is presented - as a grim hooded figure or an adorable goth - they're coming just the same, so why not make them someone friendly and nice?

This collection actually includes two stories I hadn'
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Rao Javed
It was good experience reading this comic. There were parts where it got boring and obvious but it had its unique touch in the end anyhow.

The comic was made really well, though the concept was fine, as well as the story lie for one could do too much more than that concept. The characters were good and so was the end. Goodread
Kris
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graphic novel fans, neil gaiman fans
Shelves: own-it, favorites
This is a collection of stories about Death, who is a character in Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels. It is a beautiful hardback edition, in a box slipcover. The stories inside are just as wonderful as the outside!

Death is the sister of The Sandman (or Dream), one of the Endless Immortals. And this Death is not the grim reaper of popular lore. She's a twenty-something cute girl, a bit Goth, but not at all scary. She loves her job because she gets to meet everybody! The only thing she misses, being
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Emily (Falling for YA)
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, reviewed
This was a great compilation of stories about Death. Some of the stories were better than others. My favorite was about a rock star.

This particular volume has a large set of artwork depicting Neil Gaiman's Death character from famous artists. Clive Barker did one of them which I found fun! He has a very distinctive style.

Overall, 4/5. Some 5 star stories, some 1 or 2 stars. Definitely give this a go if you're looking for a more serious graphic novel or if you'd like to read some of Gaiman's wo
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