Well all. It’s been rather a case of ‘all’s quiet on the blogging front’ from me of late. What can I say? My thesis is life ruining and other stories…
I wasn’t going to review this comic series straight away as I have never read a single edition of Gaiman’s prominent Sandman comics, of which Death! is a spin off, nor have I read much Pratchett Death Disc World, about which much comparison could probably be made, but I used a Gaiman quote in class today for a word exercise and my tutor had no idea of who he was!?! End of my first world, fantasy loving universe to hear the words, “Huh? Who exactly IS Neil Gaiman?”
So I decided to take it to the blogosphere and get talking about Neil Gaiman because I am a big fan and I think he is a very clued in guy when it comes to both social media and fandom. A couple of weeks back, a good friend of mine lent me the comics Death: The High Cost of Living, telling me it was amazing.
With the qualification of never having read any other Gaiman comic before, I have to say I agree.
From Gaiman’s website:
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 a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death.
– copyright Harper Collins Publishers
This comic was a quick, easy read, but it is definitely for mature readers. Bear that in mind and it does say this on the front cover. There are alot of weighty issues within the three volumes including depression and suicide, poverty, disfunctional families, the nature of friendship, the nature of success and what is considered creative in modern day society, crime, violence and life in the lower strata of society. I found that these issues were dealt with in a provocactive and thoughtful way that really made these comics a great read.
My friend described the series as “A story where nothing much happens, and yet everything happens.” It’s philosophical and hard hitting. It’s critical and humanist. It’s life affirming and brave and a little bit wild…
And it’s absolutely Neil Gaiman. What else do you expect from the current master fantasist himself?