Death The High Cost Of Living was one of the many spin offs that spawned out of Neil Gaiman’s amazing Sandman Series.
The idea is pretty simple, Death spend’s one day a century as a mortal in order to gain an insight into what it is that she takes away. The story follows Death (going by the name Didi) as she saves a young man from suicide and helps him find many reasons to live.
The story is a pretty simple one, sort of a guardian angle trope, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as Neil Gaiman manages to deliver a fantastic piece of prose. The Art by Chris Bachalo leaves a little to be desired, although I’ve never really been to fussed on his art work, (although it was a damn sight better than his run on x-men, which shows what a decent colourist can do), it felt a little to cartoonish for the story, almost as if it was trying to make the concepts of death, life suicide and the immortal soul accessible to younger readers.
Overall though I was impressed, it was true to the whole Sandman mythos (although being penned by Gaiman why wouldn’t it?) and was a nice little done in one series that wasn’t reliant on you having read 70+ issues of the Sandman and the various other tie in issues and mini series that are out there, although I certainly recommend that you do. This is one of the better choices of my 30 before 30, and was a pretty good use of an afternoon.