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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Death: At Death's Door - Jill Thompson

Read for the Dream King Challenge.

At Death’s Door is a retelling of the events on The Sandman: Seasons of Mist from Death’s point of view. I actually had a pretty strong sense of déjà vu reading this book, because the events follow the original story quite closely. I know I’ve never read this before, but I spent quite a while convinced I must have.

I will admit I liked the original story better, mostly because manga just isn’t my thing, and I enjoy the artwork of the original more. Still, this has its charming points. I’ve always loved Delirium, and she transfers well to the manga medium. It also contains one of my favorite lines ever from Death: “And girls can be anything they want to be! Even the anthropomorphic personifications of the Universe!”

If pressed, I’d recommend Seasons of Mist as the better story, but once you’ve read that, At Death’s Door is a fun counterpoint.

2 comments:

Nymeth said...

That's pretty much how I felt about it too. I prefer the original story, but this was fun :)

jessi said...

Welcome to the Dream King Challenge! Send me your e-mail address (xjessideex [at] gmail [dot] com) and I'll invite you to post on the blog. :)

I haven't read Seasons of Mist (yet), but I love Jill Thompson's work and I really enjoyed this story. Death is one of my favorite characters.