Sunday, June 08, 2008

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 103
Reason for Reading : Challenge with Nymeth

A graphic novel spin-off from The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Death takes centre stage here as her usual perky goth self. Legend has it that one day in every century Death takes on mortal flesh, better to conprehend what the lives she takes away must feel like, to taste the bitter tang of morality. This is the price she must pay for being the divider of the living from all that has gone before and must come after.

So enter Death, who doesn't seem to pay for anything although she insists everyone pays, into the life of 16 year old Sexton Furnival (yes he has heard all the jokes). He looks a little like a Kurt Cobain wannabe and has decided at 16 that his life is dull, there is no such thing as love and he wants to commit sucicide. He explores the local dump and falls getting trapped under a fridge until Death turn up and helps him. She takes him back to her flat where she cleans him up and repairs his jeans. She seems referred to as Didi by her neighbours who have known her all her life despite her existing she is Death personified and has only exissted a matter of hours. Sexton spends the night and next day with her, trawling the city looking for homeless crazy witch Mad Hettie's missing heart as well as going to a club and getting kidnapped by someone after power over Death.

A fun tale, it takes the grim and scary out of Death somehow. There is a great introduction from singer Tori Amos who is a long time friend of Neil Gaiman. At the end is a short public servie announcement in comic form with Tori Amos as Death (that's what it looks like anyway!) telling the reader about safe sex, AIDS/HIV and condoms. Looking at the date it was published (1994) this makes a lot of sense due to the AIDS epidemic. Thought provoking I am glad I read this and look forward to more tales of Death, Dream and the other Endless.


Ana S. said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Supposedly there will be a movie version directed by Neil himself...can't wait for that.

Kim L said...

This sounds really good! I just read one the Sandman books this past weekend, and I really liked it, although I think I jumped into the series at the wrong point. I may need to go back and start at the beginning.

Jill said...

Ooh - I need to read this. Thanks!