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Death: At Death's Door

by Jill Thompson

Other authors: Neil Gaiman (Consultant), Lee Loughridge (Separations)

Series: The Sandman: Death (3), The Sandman Presents, The Sandman

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Written by Jill Thompson; Art and Cover by Thompson A manga digest, printed in black, white, and gray tones, featuring appearances by Sandman and all his siblings. In an original story that parallels the events of SANDMAN: SEASON OF MIST, the minions of Hell end up in Death's apartment. Sisters Delirium and Despair decide to throw a party for the dead - which quickly gets out of control. It's up to Dream's older sister Death to figure out how to save the day and the afterlife...not to mention the carpet.… (more)
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Not bad. Delirium is adorable! :D ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Set parallel to The Sandman: Season of Mists, Jill Thompson's Death: At Death's Door focuses on the other Endless while Dream enters Hell and holds judgement over the future of the key to Hell. Thompson retells parts of Morpheus' story when necessary for context, but mostly sticks to Death, Delirium, and Despair. Even then, Delirium and Despair are left holding down the fort in Death's realm while she attends to her never-ending duty. Though not written by Gaiman, and at times overly silly (possibly as a result of the manga style), Thompson ably handles the characters of Death and Delirium. Death: The High Cost of Living and The Time of Your Life remain the two best Death solo books, while the best one-issue stories are collected in The Sandman Library. With that in mind, this story is still entertaining and a fun parallel tale. ( )
  DarthDeverell | May 23, 2016 |
Jill Thompson takes Gaiman's Sandman story Season of Mists and looks at the events from the perspective of Death herself. Mainly, how she dealt with all the former dead of Hell returning to her place because she's the last thing they can remember before the pit. Thompson draws all this in a manga style, making it much more light-hearted than that synopsis seems. Even so, it sticks true to Gaiman's characters.

I really enjoy this story because it focuses on my favorite Endless, Death. It also gives readers a better look at the lives of Despair and Delirium, but specifically how they relate to Death's problem and try their level best to help her out. Something about Thompson's Delirium really speaks to me.

Anyway, if you're a fan of Gaiman's Sandman comics and would like to see one of those stories told from another perspective, pick this one up. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Nov 24, 2014 |
This is the third volume in the Death series (though it's labeled #1 for some reason), and it sees Jill Thompson taking over for Neil Gaiman, Chris Bachalo, and Mark Buckingham on the series. It's also done in "manga" format; it's digest sized and in black and white. It also jumps backwards: while the previous volumes told stories of Death interacting with Sandman characters after their appearances in The Sandman, this retells a Sandman story (Season of Mists in The Absolute Sandman, Volume Two) from Death's perspective.

Sort of. It opens the same ways as Season of Mists, and it soon gets to the same point, where Lucifer opens the gates of Hell, releasing all its souls back to the mortal world. Only they all invade Death's apartment, and with the help of her sisters Delirium and Despair, she has to throw the ultimate party to keep them all distracted!

Sounds fun, right? These bits are fun. This Death isn't Gaiman's all-knowing pleasant sage, but an exasperated fashionable girl-- she's perhaps more human here than she's been in other of her own stories. It's especially nice to see Despair to get to do some stuff, since she's usually one of the least-focused-on Endless. She even gets a quasi-romance here!

But large portions of the book are given over to retelling Season of Mists. And not just from Death's perspective, but from Dream's. Why? I remember the story, and this adds nothing new. It seems to verge on a 50/50 split. Even the scene where Dream is told that the Justice Society of America is trapped in a simulation of Ragnarok is in here, and that was irrelevant to the original comic, much less this one. The constant cutting to the Dreaming really dampened the potential of the book, and it kept the party plot repetitive and linear. (At least I am giving Thompson the benefit of the doubt, and assuming that with more space she could have done more!) At Death's Door is a nice showcase for Thompson's cute art, but it could be more than that.

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  Stevil2001 | Sep 17, 2012 |
A manga-style comic set in the Sandman universe. This follows the misadventures of Death, Delirium and Despair during the events of Sandman Season of Mists. Lucifer has turned out the demons and the damned from Hell, locked it up and handed the key over to Dream. While Dream ponders what to do with Hell, the formerly dead start wander about without a place to go. Death, Delirium and Despair start gathering them up and depositing the lost souls in Death's apartment, where Delirium hits upon a novel (delirious?) idea to keep them occupied while Dream makes up his mind - to hold a party! Madcap adventures ensue, including Delirium's questionable culinary skills being put to the test, Edgar Allan Poe falling in love with Despair and a group of gatecrashing demons determined not to let the damned have a good time just because they aren't in hell anymore. Fans of the original Sandman series may be taken aback or even dismayed by the manga-fication of the original characters and the breathless zany tone of the comic, but for those ready for a somewhat different take on the Endless, this is may be a fun diversion. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Nov 19, 2010 |
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