The last temptation

Neil Gaiman

Book - 2000

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Genres
Graphic novels
Published
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Comics c2000.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
"This book collects issues 1-3 of The last temptation, originally edited by Mort Todd and published by Marvel Music..." -- colophon.
Physical Description
102 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN
156971455X
1840232722
Main Author
Neil Gaiman (-)
Other Authors
Michael Zulli (-), Todd Klein, Alice Cooper, 1948-
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A spooky collaboration between novelist and comics writer Gaiman (Sandman; and see review of American Gods, above) and creepy shock rocker Cooper, this is the story of Steven, a boy with many fears: girls, ghost stories and growing up among them. On a dare, he steps into an odd theater and meets a mysterious, top-hatted showman, an Alice Cooper-like figure (complete with dark eye-circles) who offers him a way to avoid his fears by simply giving up his "potential" and staying forever in a dreamy netherworld of spirits and wraiths. And after encountering Mercy, a beautiful ticket-taker in the ghostly theater, Steven gives the offer serious consideration. Cooper is the inspiration for the Grand Guignol of this demonic theater, a chilling metaphor for the seductive allure of complacency and indolence. Gaiman's story is a whimsical horror tale about confronting the fears within, and Zulli's black-and-white illustrations have a dark, emotive line, presented in a brownish, bloodlike hue that makes even a mundane, autumnal street scene seem eerie and foreboding. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Steven is afraid of many things, so when the mysterious Showman of the Theatre of the Real offers to take away his fear in exchange for living forever in a otherworldy realm of spirits and wraiths, Steven considers the offer.