Book Review 3: Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Title: Neil Gaiman’s The Last Temptation 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The Last Temptation CoverAuthors: Neil Gaiman, Alice Cooper, Michael Zulli and Dave McKean

Release Date: November 11, 2014

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.”

Rating: 5/5
Review: The Last Temptation is about a boy named Steven who’s afraid of everything. On a dare, he goes and sees Theatre of the Real. Buying the ticket was the easy part. Getting out was the problem. Confronted by frightening performances overseen by an eerie yet charismatic Showman, Steven finally realizes what it means to be really afraid.

As always, Neil Gaiman does a fantastic job of putting his readers in his characters’ shoes. Also, even though this graphic novel is twenty years old, the story remains appealing and riveting. This fully remastered and colored edition made re-reading The Last Temptation no less scary. The complete scripts and other behind the scenes materials included will certainly appeal to the Gaiman and Alice Cooper fans.

Buying this deluxe anniversary edition will be money well spent because Neil Gaiman never disappoints.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author/publisher/Net Galley for an honest review.

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