The High Cost of Living is a continuation of Harvey Award-winning fantasy writer Gaiman's series detailing the cosmic duties of a loose family of seven immortals. Not quite Gods, they embody realms of psychic experience: Dream, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Delirium, Destruction and Gaiman's very popular character, Death. Reaper, yes; but Death's not very grim as she goes about her business visiting the just-about-to-die and ushering them into their new existence. In this story she meets Sexton, a teenager contemplating suicide, and they end up searching New York City to find a witch's heart (the old hag hid it centuries ago, it's a witch tradition), so the old girl can hide it again. Up pops the Eremite, an evil wizard type, out to steal Death's mysterious necklace, who makes the usual threats against life and limb. Gaiman has created a character sweetly at odds with her modbid duties; dressed like a Satanic rocker, she's as pretty as a cheerleader and even more upbeat. While Gaiman brings a gritty urban contemporaneity to the fantasy genre, the story also suffers from a TV script-like sensibility--danger-defying quips, the good-hearted overweight black neighbor, melodramatic villain. Nevertheless the combination of wry mystic immortal and MTV slacker produces an engaging chemistry. Top-notch production, and although the illustration is a bit stiff, it's stylishly rendered and very nicely colored. The introduction is by pop singer Tori Amos.
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Neil Gaiman truly is the consummate storyteller able to weave first-class storylines and memorable characters seemingly at the drop of a hat. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Sibelius
This story follows Death after she rescues a teenage boy with a strange name. A very old homeless lady tells Death to find the heart she hid, but can't remember where it was... Read morePublished on June 30 2003 by Eryn
Death is the most lovable character of the Endless and this book just helps flesh that aspect out some more. Yet it isn't quite as good as it could've been. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by Mitch Jones
It's been said so many times in so many different introductions and reviews, but it remains true: Neil Gaiman is the king of dreams. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2002 by Ben Yates
I love a lot of Gaiman's stuff, but this is really bad. No action at all, almost no "magic", a completely unlikable supporting character, and supposedly touching ending. Read morePublished on April 27 2002 by Shane Tiernan
While not an integral part of the series, "Death: The High Cost of Living" is a peripheral story that serves as a great introduction. Read morePublished on March 30 2002 by nemoistic
Literally, I just finished reading this. I was never so aware of how a person, a character, anyone could be so cheerful and yet so level headed. And to top that she's dead cool. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001 by "janey908"
Heh. Making the embodiment of death a slightly crazy and sweet Goth chick; the only thing that equals here is Pratchett's Death. (Who wants to see a crossover? Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2001
Much as I love this comic, I find (after reading the other posted reviews on Amazon.com, as well as letters published during the series' initial publication) that most of the... Read morePublished on March 16 2001 by john salonia