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World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With Death

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Welcome fellow Agents of Precinct1313 to another exhilarating episode of  “World’s Finest”  a series of exclusive interviews that aim to introduce you to some of our very favourite convocation of comic-book characters of… all… time!

Each episode we cordially invite one of our most treasured – Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and, of course, Super-Pets to answer a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the Universe, and cake (’cause everyone loves cake)

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And so, let us welcome to Precinct1313’s sacred sanguine sofa of significantly satirical secrets: the Dame of Demise and Duchess of the Deceased – Death, of the Endless…

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Precinct1313: Hi there Death, and thanks so much for joining us on this week’s Worlds Finest.

Death: Hi, thanks so much for having me, you can call me Didi, if you prefer.

Precinct1313: Didi? as in die die?

Death: Uh, that’s a little morbid don’t you think? no, as in Deedee.

Precinct1313: Got it, though I do find your morbidity comment rather amusing, I mean, you are the Grim Reaper after all…

Death: Ha ha, nope, that’s my predecessor, although we had to let him go… he was literally scaring people to death!

Precinct1313: Isn’t that kind of the point though, y’know, harvester of souls and all…

Death: Mmmmm, I tend to keep things a little lighter, I mean that whole skull and scythe thing is a little too on the nose, don’t you think?

Precinct1313: Umm, I guess… though technically you perform the same service, right?

Death: In a way, but I tend to gently lead people into the afterlife as opposed to, how did you put it… harvest their souls?

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Precinct1313: So, I’m intrigued, how does this whole cycle of life thing work, I mean, how do you specifically know when someone’s about die?

Death: Mmmmm, it’s a little complicated, but I guess the best way to describe it is that I can see the tapestry of their lives unfolding before me as a cartographical certainty. Would you like me to reveal your fate? your ultimate denouement as an example of this?

Precinct1313: I’d really rather you didn’t, thanks…

Death: Ah okay, I understand, you’ll know soon enough anyway…

Precinct1313: Uhhh, what does that mean?

Death: Oh nothing, shall we move on, I do tend to lead a rather busy life y’know…

Precinct1313: Erm, okay… So, my first ever encounter with your character was through the Neil Gaiman masterpiece – Death: The High Cost Of Living, any thoughts on Mr Gaiman and his prodigious writing talent?

Death: Neil is fantastic, a true gent and an outstanding talent, it’s through him that I’ve been able to share my many wonderful adventures and memories.

Precinct1313: I see, and he has been relaying said adventures about yourself and extended family, The Endless, since 1989 I believe.

Death: That he has.

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Precinct1313: Well Death, uh Didi, may I just say, once again, thanks so much for joining us on this weeks World’s Finest.

Death: It’s been a pleasure, it’s time for us to go anyway…

Precinct1313: Us?

Death: Why yes, why else do you think I’m here?

Precinct1313: For the interview, of course…

Death: I’m afraid not… it’s time, just take my hand…

Precinct1313: But, but, I have an appointment at 3pm.

Death: Unfortunately, you’re not going to make it…

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*Death, and all images are copyright: Vertigo/DC Comics*

 

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The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

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Welcome fellow Agents of Precinct1313 to another enticing episode of  ‘The Week In Geek’  where we love to share our favourite – Comic Book, Video-Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek dear Agents, once more…


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Wondy Returns… To The Eighties!

Ahh the eighties, also known as – the greatest decade in human history (I’m an 80’s kid, so a slight amount of bias may be inherent) the decade of extreme action heroes like Arnie and Sly, the start of grandly Gothic culture (yep, I was a Goth too!) the absolute best horror movies ever, and comic book sales and readership were massive thanks to marvellously mature storylines and celebrated creators, especially glorious George Perez and his ultimate take on everyone’s favourite Amazon Princess… plus Lynda Carter, returning once more as Diana… as I said greatest, decade, EVER!

And it seems I’m not alone in this thought, as delightful director Patty Jenkins and astonishing actress Gal Gadot will be revisiting this decidedly delicious decade with the sequel to the sterling 2017 Wonder Woman movie, appropriately titled Wonder Woman 84. With film production in full swing we have been regaled with much in the way of awesome stills and video footage, comprising not just Zeus’ favoured daughter, but also, the intriguing return of Steve Trevor. Feast your eyes on these implacably illustrious images, my astounding Amazonian associates:

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Getting a distinct ‘Ozymandias’ vibe from this one

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Hmmmm, now the only problem I can foresee with Gal’s Wondy popping up during the exhilarating eighties is the possibility of an extreme time paradox occurring should she run into Lynda Carter’s vivacious version of the Themysciran Titan.

 

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Listen Sting, could you not stand so close to me, and for the fifth time, no, I haven’t read your message in a bottle, and would you please stop calling me Roxanne!!

Sting Channels John Constantine…

Well bloody ‘ell, who would of thought it, Sting is a bleedin’ Constantine fan… how cool is that!? 

In a recent video, music maestro Sting has revealed he will be writing the foreword to the Constantine: Hellblazer 30th Anniversary Celebration. Interestingly (and bloody well meta!) Sting’s foreword will take the unique perspective of the Golden Boy, Constantine’s alternate universe twin, and will focus on his relationship with the mystic occult detective over the years. Sting fantastically captures the look and essence of the classic British comic-book character, his inclusion in the celebratory collection is a definite nod to the fact that Sting was an early inspiration to Constantine’s signature appearance. Very, bloody, cool, Indeed!

“Starting from his first appearance, a debut penned by the extraordinary legend that is Alan Moore, Constantine has served as an enduring and controversial pop-culture character… an exorcist and demonologist, master of the dark arts, and the lead of DC/Vertigo’s longest running and most successful title.”

The John Constantine – Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Collection will be available to buy on October 30th.

And Finally… Death!

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Look at this.. look at it… I need this, it’s everything… it’s life (well actually it’s Death, but y’know) This awesome Death of the Endless pop figure is coming to a comic-book emporium near you, pre-order it soon or spend an eternity longing for Death…

Why not join us again next time friends, for more Week In Geek.

Sandman’s Overture Reaches A Crescendo…

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Even The Endless must ultimately succumb to a final denouement it seems, as Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III’s epic comic series nears its conclusive issue. The Neil Gaiman created King Of Stories and Shaper Of Dreams has been with us now for 26 years, with his first appearance in 1989’s The Sandman (Vol-2) #1.

 Known by many names, Morpheus and Dream being the most oft used, he is the personification of dreams and stories, one of the seven Endless, beings more powerful and ancient than the Gods themselves. Morpheus resides in a castle within his realm known as The Dreaming, populating his realm with many dreams and nightmares that have a certain conscience and ability to converse. Gaiman has said that he “always assumed Morpheus had once been alone, so he created the beings for want of company.”

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Sandman: Overture heralded Gaiman’s return to both comics and his created character, joining alongside artistic luminary JH Williams III (Batwoman: Elegy, Promethea) whose amazing visual style lights up every single page, with each comic panel an individual masterpiece in its own right. The series first issue was released December 2013 in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the character, with each subsequent issue sporadically released since then, with the final issue, #6 due on September 30. Serving as a prequel to the original classic series, it weaves the tale of a cosmic event that weakens Dream enough that a human mystic is able to capture him.

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Released alongside the mini-series were also Overture: Special Editions that included gorgeous gatefold covers, metallic inks, black and white issues and glimpses into the creative process behind the creation of the comics themselves, including original panels sans text, interviews and script notes. As previously mentioned, the end of Overture will segue back to the start of Sandman’s original adventures in Sandman Vol.1: Preludes and Nocturnes, making this series the first stop for any new reader wishing to acquaint themselves with The King Of All Night’s Dreaming.

Sandman: Overture #6 will be available to purchase on 30 September. Written by: Neil Gaiman. Cover art by: JH Williams III & Dave McKean. Interior art by: JH Williams III. 

Precinct1313 Recommends: Death – The High Cost Of Living

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Death: the high cost of living is a 3 part mini-series starring Death, sister of Sandman (aka Dream) and one of the seven Endless. Written by the amazing Neil Gaiman in 1993, it follows a day in the life of DC Comic’s version of the Grim Reaper, who once every century takes the form of a human girl to give her role as a taker of souls perspective and keep her in touch with humanity.

The Endless version of Death was created by Neil Gaiman and Michael Dringenberg in 1989, making her first appearance in Sandman #8. Death’s job entails meeting with the recently deceased and guiding them on their way into an afterlife, but she is also known to visit all new born, though only she ever retains memory of that initial encounter with a new life. DC Comic’s Death character is a world away from the popular image of the Grim Reaper, appearing as a young goth girl dressed in black, wearing a silver ankh and bearing a Horus style marking under her right eye.

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The series itself revolves around the female character of Didi, who claims she is the personification of Death itself, here on her one hundred year cycle to mix with humanity and gain insight into their lives and emotions. She meets a suicidal young man called Sexton, who is struggling to find reason in being, that is until he meets up with Didi/Death, she guides him on a journey of self realisation and discovery until eventually he gains a sense of self worth and an insight into his own mortality, and ultimately a love for living.

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Not your typical superhero style comic, which is no surprise considering its author, the high cost of living is a fantastic piece of comic book fiction with real heart and emotion, and takes you on a fascinating journey into the human psyche and presents you with a perky, fresh and fun version of Death, no pale riders here … just a pale goth who celebrates life.

This cannot come more highly recommended, whether you read comic books or not this is an amazingly well written and beautifully put together story of life, love and loss and is also a great way to introduce yourself to one of this generations greatest writers … the inimitable Neil Gaiman.

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