Neil Gaiman meets the legendary rock and roll star Alice Cooper to collaborate Cooper’s music [his album, The Last Temptation] written into story with this comic book, The Last Temptation [obviously, under the same name of the album]. Because in their time, truth speaking, there aren’t any good comics done. This book is a three-act comic that tells the adventures of the young boy name Steven in the hands of this Showman in his Theatre of the Real or Grand Guiginol.
Steven is afraid. Afraid of ghost stories, afraid of growing up… just afraid. That is, until he meets the mysterious Showman and his Theatre of the Real. Steven takes a ticket and watches the show on a dare, but getting out of the performance will be harder than he ever imagined. And then Steven learns what it is to be truly afraid.
The Showman, which show resemblance of Alice Cooper’s face, seduce this young boy to join his theater and in exchange, he will never grow up and die, that he will never experience the failures in life and lastly, never be afraid of anything. A wild ride of how Steven fight his way out of temptation, that this promises lures to go but he learned and knew in his heart that all these are lies.
The Last Temptation is an unusual story that shows how kids can be vulnerable when it comes to growing and adulthood. They can be easily tempted, easily offered something they are curious of, or something they are desiring. We never know how kids will react or decide when these kind of temptations are given, but I am awed on how Steven braveness to fight his temptation, the desires, the lusts and hold his future in his hands, not on someone’s [the showman’s] hands.
Gaiman twistedly narrated a story of innocence to dark mystical fantasy in his storyteller voice and accompanied and complemented with Michael Zulli’s dark illustrations that take us to a world that is known to us, humans – temptation. A must read if you’re both an Alice Cooper and a Neil Gaiman fan.
Book #41 for 2010
The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli