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The Last Temptation Paperback – 2 Jan 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 01 edition (2 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156971455X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569714553
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.1 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,235,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed graphic novel writer of today and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. Future work includes big screen versions of Stardust, Neverwhere and Death: The High Cost of Living. Michael Zulli's moody and evocative art has appeared in The Sandman, Witchcraft and Seekers into the Mystery. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the 'compleat' edition of Neil Gaiman's three part graphic novel collaboration with Alice Cooper. It is a brilliant, and occasionally slightly disturbing, story of a boy called Steven and the showman of a theatre 'that isn't there until sunset'. This accompanies the Alice Cooper concept album of the same name and fills in some of the gaps in the story not in the songs. I thoroughly enjoy my copy and I'm glad it's coming into print again.
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This reads very much like a Twilight Zone or Twin Peaks episode or a Masters Of Horror installment. It is short, surreal, the narrative is simple and focused but strong. This was written as part of a tie in with an Alice Cooper album and although you'll get more if you are familiar with the album it certainly isn't essential. The artwork by Zulli is very strong and certainly makes Alice Cooper a very memorable character. This is fun and entertaining but it isn't an essential piece of Neil Gaimans work. It won't change your life but it's fun and worth reading and this is a nice edition with a good authors introduction and really high quality print.
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The overall view of this graphic novel is interesting, it is based upon the Alice Cooper-esque cental character, the showman, and has an obviously link to his music. This should be of no suprise when you consider that Cooper had considerable in put to the finished artical.
As a novel in it's own right it is limited in storyline and seems to finish before it really gets started, even though the graphics are intriguing in their gothic representation of one of rocks most macarbe characters.
It indulges the Cooper fans who understand some of the musical links and the links to the character names but, as a piece of work in its own right, it seems to have lost in the translation from promotional comic books to collected novel.
Although it is enjoyable, it is not the kind of graphic novel that you will choose to read over and over again, but in saying this it is recommended to any Alice Cooper fans who did not manage to complete the collection of single promotional comics.
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This graphic novel, at first, would appear to be something that only a die-hard Alice Cooper fan would enjoy, and you'd be right as they surely would enjoy it, but that doesn't mean that this isn't an enjoyable read for anyone else who perhaps only has the vaguest understanding of all things Alice. Alice Cooper as a character is not all that hard to come to grips with, and this tale inspired by the character is no harder.

[Possible spoiler alert, though it's not too in-depth]

This novel is a simple story about a young boy named Steven in a seemingly picturesque American town, who is taken aside one day by a mysterious black-eyed showman, promising him a theatrical event not to be missed. From there on he is teased and followed endlessly by the showman, who wants Steven for his "Theatre of the Real", and the boy must decide between a life of misery and sorrow crawling through the streets as shown to him by the showman, or surrendering and becoming the latest star of the aforementioned "Theatre of the Real".

[Spoilers over]

This novel, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Michael Zulli, is a simply smashing read. Alice Cooper has always been a fantastic onstage personality, his live shows featuring all the features of classic early horror and vaudville showmanship, and that makes him the perfect antagonist in this story. There are certain littles elements in the story where being an AC fan does help (Nods to song lyrics), but it's not impossible to enjoy this tale even if you only have a base understanding of Alice Cooper and his antics. This is a must-read, and for the price of £7.47 (Priced stated in March 2012), you can't go wrong.
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I have to admit - I am not a huge Alice Cooper fun though I do admire his work. (and as time goes on he needs less and less makeup:), but is still kicking). Story is a very nice try to retell Faustian legend. Gaiman is definitely at his element. But some sly voice from deep inside keeps reminding me that it was a marketing exercise after all. All hails to smart executives at Alice's record company - they knew they can relay on Gaiman. But don't we all, as readers? So if you have more than one Gaiman book at home - buy it! And if you are a fan of Alice, you probably have it already... NOT?!! Go and buy it right now!
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