Review: The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Alice Cooper

The Last TemptationTitle: The Last Temptation

Author: Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Alice Cooper

Pages: 168 Pages

Publisher: Dynamite

The Blurb

Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, American Gods) brings shock rocker Alice Cooper’s concept album to life in a surreal sideshow of the soul! Join a young boy named Steven on a surreal journey of the soul, as an enigmatic and potentially dangerous Showman seduces him into joining his carnival. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this seminal Gaiman work, returned to print for the first time in over a decade. Fully remastered in color, this Deluxe Edition incorporates complete scripts to all three chapters, black-and-white thumbnail art of pre-colored pages, an original outline of the project by Neil Gaiman, and a collection of letters between shock rocker Alice Cooper and the author!

“I’m really happy that The Last Temptation is coming out for a new generation of readers, who have not seen Michael Zulli’s glorious drawings, or know of the Showman and his wicked ways,” says Neil Gaiman.

“I wrote this a long time ago, driven by love of Ray Bradbury’s dark carnivals and of Alice Cooper’s own pandemonium shadow show. It’s time for it to shuffle out onto a leaf-covered street and meet the people who don’t know about Stephen and Mercy and show what’s coming to town.”

The Review

My bookshelves are full. Not an unusual statement for someone who blogs primarily about books, however, if you were to rifle through my collection you would find a very small set of graphic novels. I tell you this because I want to make it absolutely clear that I am not an expert about this art form.

My latest read – The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Alice Cooper – is a graphic novel and in my humble opinion it is extraordinary.

The novel has been created by Neil Gaiman with collaboration with Alice Cooper and Michael Zulli to be both a pictorial and musical representation of an Alice Cooper album and as to be expected it borders on a darker look at life. The Last Temptation is the story of a young boy who has been invited into a freak show theatre family but this invitation comes at a cost.

As I stated earlier, I am no expert but I was sucked in to The Last Temptation and I could not leave until I had finished it. The artwork is phenomenal and the storyline is just the right amount of creepy. As I read from window to window the story of Steven I wanted to be a part of this weird and unusual world. Stepping back from the story I have no idea why because it is terrifying. When reading The Last Temptation this world comes alive and it seems tangible.

Essentially, what The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Alice Cooper has done has harboured a desire in me to read more graphic novels.

The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Alice Cooper is available now.

For more information regarding Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) please visit www.neilgaiman.com.

For more information regarding Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) please visit www.alicecooper.com.

For more information regarding Dynamite (@dynamitecomics) please visit www.dynamite.com.

4 Stars

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