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Death: The High Cost Of Living is a three-issue miniseries published by Neil Gaiman, published in 1993 as a Sandman spinoff. 
One day in every century Death takes on human flesh, better to comprehend what the lives she takes must feel like, to taste the bitter tang of mortality. 
This is the price she must pay for being the divider of the living from all that has gone before, all that must come after.

Featuring almost everyone's favorite anthropomorphic personification of kicking the bucket, being cute. Also spoilers.

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that this is a fairly crappy attempt at a synopsis...I chose scans almost soley on their Death-being-cute quotients. Besides, I have so little to offer to this community in terms of scans...

It begins with a kid named Sexton contemplating the meaningless of life while he composes his suicide note. He ends up wandering into the local junkyard and getting trapped beneath a refridgerator, only to have Death (manifested as a sixteen year-old girl named Didi) come and rescue him.
She takes him back to her apartment to fix him up (and mend his pants):

Previously, a woman at the food market had told him all about she had recently been orphaned...

Featuring the reappearance of Death's goldfish!

Sexton leaves the appartment bitching about crazy people when he's assulted by none other than Mad Hettie, who's been searching for her heart and wants Didi to help her find it. She takes Sexton hostage with a broken bottle, and Didi agrees to look for it while she enjoys a night on the town. 
The next issue, Sexton continues being a bit of a pill....

....probably because no one ever gives him free stuff for being cute and charming:

Meanwhile, some creepy blind guy named The Eremite (possibly Mister E) who knows who Didi really is makes nefarious plots to get to her ankh in order to control her powers, ect. Didi and Sexton stop by a club called the Thundercut to see Hazel and Foxglove (the lesbian couple from A Game of You). Foxglove sings a song about dead people:

Meanwhile, the blind guy calling himself The Eremite sends his hunky accomplice to lure Didi away to "a better party", but she refuses to leave without Sexton. 

Needless to stay, Bad Stuff happens, but there's no need to spoil it. 

By the next morning, Death's time has run out, and Didi dies. Very prettily, I might add....

So yeah. Supposedly Gaiman's supposed to be making a movie out of this sometime, which is peachy keen if anything is!


Date: 2009-07-24 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fungo_squiggly.insanejournal.com
I like how Death doesn't even remotely pretend to be her human alias.

I can just picture an imaginary story where Superman acts that way (thanks to Red Kryptonite or whatever), and gets exactly the same reaction.

Perry: "Good morning, Clark."

Clark: "Actually my name is Kal-El. Technically Clark Kent doesn't exist."

Perry: "What?"

Clark: "I'm Superman. Except that I'm, you know, wearing glasses."

Perry: "Get off the drugs, Clark."

:D :D :D

Date: 2009-07-24 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluejaybirdie.insanejournal.com
I'd never read about Death before this (except for that hilarious condom thing). She's awesome! And adorable!

If this isn't what death looks like when it comes for me, I will be very disapointed.

Re: :D :D :D

Date: 2009-07-24 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mullon.insanejournal.com
How would you feel about a regular skeletal Death, but with a kitten and a little skeletal rat on his shoulder?

Date: 2009-07-24 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
Personally, I would ask he kindly shove off and send his granddaughter instead.

Date: 2009-07-24 08:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unknownscribler.insanejournal.com
Do I sense GaimanDeath/Susan slash?

Date: 2009-07-24 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
... I am truly ashamed for never having thought of that until this moment.

Date: 2009-07-24 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puregibberish.insanejournal.com
I'm pretty sure I saw that pairing in a Yuletide fic a couple of years ago. Huh. Maybe I should go and have a look for it.

Date: 2009-07-25 11:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puregibberish.insanejournal.com
Found it!
All things considered, I think it's a pretty good story.

Re: :D :D :D

Date: 2009-07-24 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorksidefiker.insanejournal.com
I for one could deal with that.

Re: :D :D :D

Date: 2009-07-24 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leikomgwtfbbq.insanejournal.com
I'm actually hoping for that one instead, really. I mean, Gaiman-Death is awesome, but I love Pratchett-Death just a wee bit more.

(Hopefully I won't die for another sixty years or so, but at any rate, whenever my number's called, I hope it's Pratchett-Death that comes to collect me. And the Death of Rats along for a ride, too.)

Re: :D :D :D

Date: 2009-07-24 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toasty_fresh.insanejournal.com
Actually, I'd prefer it!

Re: :D :D :D

Date: 2009-07-24 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bariman1987.insanejournal.com
that hilarious condom thing

Has that been reposted yet? If not it needs to be.

Date: 2009-07-24 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hearthemvoices.insanejournal.com
She -needs- to have her own movie, and soon.

Oh - and she needs to appear on New Earth to kick zombie butt. Send Geoff Johns the memo. :)

Date: 2009-07-24 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
No. No butt kicking. No badassness, and no dark side. Her power is being a sweet, quirky, adorable Goth chick, along with the personification of death, and that should be enough.

I mean, if she asked you to stop doing whatever you were doing to deserve getting your butt kicked, wouldn't you stop doing it, just because she's so likable?

Date: 2009-07-24 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hearthemvoices.insanejournal.com
That's what I meant when I said 'kick zombie butt', yeah. Sorta like how she handled the recently deceased in "Death: At Death's Door". Sorry I wasn't being clear about what I said. :x

Date: 2009-07-24 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
It's me being paranoid. I'm unfamiliar with the character, so whenever I read one of the posts about her, I'm worried that it's going to end with her turning into an evil, soul-stealing demon, and when you brought up a movie, I had a vision of her turning into a scythe-wielding assassin, to compete with Batman and Wolverine.

But if there's no unpleasant soul-stealing demon surprises, I think I'm going to have to become more familiar with the character. And for me to have an interest in anything post-Bronze age is a rare event.

Date: 2009-07-24 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hearthemvoices.insanejournal.com
I suggest getting At Death's Door. Basically the souls of hell are let loose and they end up partying in her domain. :) She will never turn into an evil soul-stealing demon. Ever.

Date: 2009-07-24 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm not too fond of that style of art, but I guess if I could learn to like listening to Sachiko M and Keith Rowe, I can learn to like anything.

Date: 2009-07-24 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] espanolbot.insanejournal.com
Gaiman has actually written and is attempting to direct an adaption of this book, except the Writer's Strike kind of put the project on hold for a while.

He did at least managed to hang around with the director of Hellboy 2 to get some tips though. :)

Date: 2009-07-24 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
Foolishness. Beauty and the Beast has better story and better music.

Date: 2009-07-24 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorksidefiker.insanejournal.com
But it doesn't have Ursula.

Date: 2009-07-24 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluefall.insanejournal.com
That is true, and a strong argument. However, as cool as Ursula is in her own right, she's also mildly unsettling as part of a wider trend, that being the long Disney tradition of marking their bad guys as evil by giving them fey or camp or otherwise 'deviant' undertones. So Gaston still wins in my book. Creepy blackmailing rapist fucker with a cheery upbeat villain song that he is.

Date: 2009-07-24 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorksidefiker.insanejournal.com
Which goes a long way towards explaining why Gaston is the ONLY Disney villain I can think of outside of Frollo that I wasn't rooting for.

Date: 2009-07-24 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cityfumes.insanejournal.com
Sequel? What sequel? (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DisContinuity)

Date: 2009-07-24 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leikomgwtfbbq.insanejournal.com
*drops to knees, shakes fists at sky*


Date: 2009-07-24 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cityfumes.insanejournal.com

Date: 2009-07-24 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janegray.insanejournal.com
but then I remembered that The Little Mermaid has a really disappointing sequel

Only "really disappointing"? You are either incredibly nice, or a master of euphemisms.

Date: 2009-07-24 06:15 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-24 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
I miss Bachalo's artwork from when it was like this. It was the best work he ever did. It haunted me so much.

I know you had to stick within the page-limit, but I wish you'd been able to post the "white gloves" segment.

I can single-handedly credit Didi the embodiment of Death with kicking off my college-long obsession with perky goth girls, which resulted in the most satisfying clove cigarette burns I could ever hope for on the backs of my hands.

Date: 2009-07-24 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
... And yet, the sequel was terrible. :(

Date: 2009-07-24 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
It's not about Death as a character, but death. If you see.

Date: 2009-07-24 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
The problem being that they changed Hazel and Foxglove so much that they might as well have created two completely new and different characters, since that's what they already did. Not only did they look completely different, but pretty much every single personality trait that had defined either one was mathematically made exactly the opposite.

And the story was a mess. It read like an overly self-conscious attempt to ape Gaiman, rather than like Gaiman himself, and my initial impressions of how utterly unsatisfying its conclusion was were validated when I saw that the trade paperback was forced to add a few pages to explain exactly what the hell had happened, much less why any of it mattered.

Trite, pedestrian, and totally unnecessary.

Date: 2009-07-24 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
Bachalo's art was terrible, and Gaiman's writing was so bad I could swear it was ghost-written by Alisa Kwitney instead.

Date: 2009-07-24 03:07 am (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Death of the Endless)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
I haven't read the post yet, but I just wanted to say that since I found all three issues in an old used book store five years ago, this mini has been my prized possession and perhaps the beginning of my comic book collection.
I goddamn love this comic, thanks for posting it (now i should read your post, seriously)!

Date: 2009-07-24 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] btravage.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
It was kinda weird to learn that Death is supposed to be like 16. I'll never look at that book of pinups the same way.

Date: 2009-07-24 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leikomgwtfbbq.insanejournal.com
I agree with the dude up there--Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, but The Little Mermaid had cooler songs. I think so, anyway.

Gaiman!Death is just all around neat. :D

Date: 2009-07-24 07:20 am (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Didi)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
AAAAAAAAAA I can't decide which icon is better

Really though, Bachalo's Death is the only one that's almost half as cool as Allred's.


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