Death: The Time of Your Life
is a three-issue American comic book mini-series
written by Neil Gaiman
, one of many spinoffs from his series The Sandman
. It was illustrated by Chris Bachalo
and Mark Buckingham
, and features an introduction by Claire Danes
. The series ran from April to July 1996
and has been collected into a single volume
This story brings back characters Donna Cavanagh (who prefers to go by the name of Foxglove) and her lesbian partner Hazel McNamara from a previous Sandman series of stories, A Game of You.
As the story opens, Foxglove is a very successful singer-songwriter currently on a very important tour. Her relationship with Hazel is slowly unravelling, due mainly to the building pressures of her newfound fame. One night, Hazel's son, Alvie (an accidental result of Hazel's one and only heterosexual encounter), dies. When Death
, personified as a teenage girl in a goth
dress, shows up to take him, Hazel makes a promise in desperation
. The promise is that either Hazel or Fox will take Alvie's place when Death returns, if only she will let Alvie live for a while longer. The story touches upon the pressures of living private and public lives, as well as fidelity
, love, and duty.
The original miniseries was a top vote-getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide
Fan Award for Favorite Limited Series for 1997.
Other Sandman spin-offs