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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.

Neil Gaiman, internationally acclaimed
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Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1997)
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Becky
3.5 Stars

I recently read on someone's blog that it's not good for reviewers to review books without a knowledge of the genre, the author, the series, etc to inform their opinion.

Hrmph.

While I can see why that would be beneficial, on one level at least, I mostly disagree with it overall. I think books can, and should, be judged on their own merit. I think that, if I pick up a book, it needs to stand on its own and not use my previous experience with the author's other books as a crutch. I think
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Sandra

Gostei muito do traço do artista Michael Zulli.

Quanto à história achei-a boa mas nada de inovador. Aliás deu-me a sensação de já ter visto ou lido algo de semelhante.

Nota positiva para Michael Zulli.

Um grande Meh para Neil Gaiman.

David Schaafsma
I've never really been a fan of Alice Cooper, or KISS, or any of those clown acts. Alice and Neil apparently got together to cook up an idea for a concept album (which I should have been playing while reading this, but see above) and graphic novel which has the theme and flavor of much of Gaiman's children's horror work: You're a fearful kid, you need to face those fears. Our hero, a fearful kid, goes to a show for one with Alice Cooper as a main character, and this continuingly scary experience ...more
Sam Quixote
A mysterious theatre and a charismatic showman with an uncanny resemblance to Alice Cooper appear down an alley where before nothing stood, tempting a young boy inside for a show he won't soon forget - warning signs anyone? Not if you're a character in a Neil Gaiman book!

The boy is taken on a roller-coaster ride of strange performances in the theatre and when he escapes to the real world is still dogged by a Krueger-esque Cooper who haunts his dreams and waking life. But why is he doing this? S
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annik
Меня совсем не смутило, что Гейман написал этот графический роман в трех частях конкретно для альбома Элиса Купера. Я про эту книжку и слышать не слышала, пока недавно на одном ресурсе глаз не зацепился за обложку (МакКин!). Мне подумалось, что Гейман вряд ли меня разочарует, и во время затянувшейся сэндменовской паузы вполне можно заценить эту плюшку.

Идеи тут довольно просты, но визуально воплощены прекрасно. Взросление и становление главгероя по имени Стивен на фоне соблазнения змеем-искусител
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Abhishek
Neil Gaiman could simply write about a tree, and one would still love it. He has a certain charm in his writing, something effortless about him, that makes reading his books also seem effortless. Having said that, The Last Temptation is unlikely to be one of his finest works. This wasn't actually intended to be a book to begin with. Neil Gaiman had gotten together with rock singer Alice Cooper for the latter's next album. And from there the idea to develop a 3-part comic book also developed.

The
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Maxine
Halloween is almost upon them when Steven and his friends discover an alley that wasn’t there before that leads to a theatre that wasn’t there before. The Theatre de Grand Guignol is for the more, shall we say, discerning patron and the showman (the only name he is ever given in the story), who bears a striking resemblance to Alice Cooper, is offering one ticket to any boy brave enough to enter. As much as he is terrified by the prospect, Steven is shamed by his friends into accepting the offer. ...more
Daniel
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

Neil Gaiman has the Midas touch when it comes to anything in the publishing industry, graphic novels in particular. Of course he's earned that through hard work and awesome writing. But even Midas had his early years.

I really respect Gaiman's work, though I wouldn't count myself among his most ardent fans (perhaps because I haven't read every word he's written) and I wouldn't consider myself a fan of the music of Alice Co
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D
I got my ARC from NetGalley.

This version of the graphic novel is not yet released. I have not read the original copy. To preface further, I am a Neil Gaiman fan, and while I like Alice Cooper I am not constantly amazed by him.

That being said, I personally did not enjoy "The Last Temptation." This is one of Gaiman's earlier works and it certainly shows. Perhaps it was because he co-authored it alongside Alice Cooper, but this reads more as a commercial piece which was written to accompany the mus
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Serena!
*ansia*
Neil Gaiman, l'uomo che può tutto. Grazie di condividere questo tutto con noi
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Diamond
DNF
I just couldn't get into this. In the first portion, I was intrigued with the set up. Introduction of anniversary edition by Gaiman was better than the entire portion of the book I read (I'm guessing the rest too, but I don't know).

I'm a fan of Gaiman. Not die hard, or anything, but I like his books. I like Sandman a lot, haven't finished it yet having been introduced to the series only a year or so ago. Anyway, I was hoping for something like that. Instead, I got a great idea and set up but
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M—
Book signed by Gaiman at the 2005 National Book Festival, where Gaiman was promoting his new Anansi Boys novel. Visited NBF at last minute, tagging along after a friend who had invited me down several times over the course of the preceding week because she really wanted to see the person whose name I heard as: Neil Diamond. I wasn't interested in traveling two hours to meet a singer whose music I'm not interested in, and it was only the night before the festival that she finally said, "I thought ...more
John
I picked the book up on a whimsy. I like Gaiman, and this book looked different from the rest.

The introduction was among the most interesting parts for me, the prose that allowed Gaiman to tell how Last Temptation came about. Helping write a concept album for Alice Cooper sounded exciting and neat, and I imagine it is an opportunity that happens too often. Within the context of the album, the resulting graphic novel take form.

The tale is of Steven, a boy pressed with many fears and threats in hi
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Rhonda
One of the only 'graphic novels' I have ever read. Of course I had to read it because the music cd it goes hand in hand with is one of my favorite Alice Cooper albums.

When I first read it, I had no idea who Neil Gaiman was or what the big deal was about him. Now I do and it almost makes me want to check out his previous graphic novel work, Sandman (I think).

Anyway, this graphic novel gives a story to a collection of songs. It's a tale about the pull between good and evil that affects one young m
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Valerie
Huh...

So, I picked this up on Free Comic Book Day because it has Neil Gaiman's name on it and I didn't own it. I am only peripherally familiar with Alice Cooper, mostly from his stint as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. He is my favorite Herod, though, and I hear the actual Alice is a neat person under the eyeliner. This book was made to accompany his concept album, and don't I wish I could just call up Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli to write and draw me into a spooky comic.

The story is a twist
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Heather
My friend has a comic book shop, she told me the special edition version of these signed by the trio were in and I thought Hey, I'll treat myself.

As with any Alice Cooper comic type thing I've read, it's fun purely because it's a ridiculous story that takes his dark aesthetics and takes it to a ridiculous, child-snatching-for-theatrical-purposes levels. And again, as with any Coops comic, it's not likely to win over new fans, and it's probably not likely to entertain people unfamiliar with him,
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Sara Thompson
When offered the opportunity to review a Neil Gaiman book, I jumped at it without even looking at what book. I nearly laughed when I saw the book. The Last Temptation is a book I actually own and love.
I have grown up a lover of the macabre. I discovered Alice Cooper in my early teens and was instantly a fan (maybe even before I had actually heard his music). I have great memories of purchasing The Last Temptation on cassette and then searching for a CD version so I could collect the first comic
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Lindsey Lewis
I received a free digital copy via NetGalley of the 20th anniversary edition which is released today. It included bonus material including letters between Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper, drafts, and original sketches of the story. The digital format for this graphic novel made it a little difficult to read. I had to zoom in to read the text which pixelated the art, and it was difficult to flip back and forth to read panels that extended 2 pages.

Ask anyone who knows me what my favorite month is, an
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Charlie (NJBiblio)
Imagine if you will the collaboration between a rock and roll icon and an up and coming gothic, macabre author and you have the brilliant result in The Last Temptation. Both the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman, and the concept album by Alice Cooper tell the story of a young boy, Steven, who is tempted by the mysterious, supernatural Showman (depicted as Alice Cooper) to join his "Theater of the Real" in exchange for eternal youth. All is not what it seems, however, as Steven grapples with the Showm ...more
Ramie
I’d never read this one before. Maybe because I wasn’t an Alice Cooper fan or because I didn’t really know of Neil Gaiman when this was originally released. Now that I have read it, I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t Gaiman’s best work but it’s not bad either. It doesn’t require you be a fan of Alice Cooper, though that might help some. It’s the kind of story you read just before Halloween. A mysterious theater appears in town, threatening to take make Steven a part of its show--forever. T ...more
Deborah Replogle
Once upon a time a rock star and a popular gothic author met and created an album and a story about a young boy coming of age in a small town in an uncertain time. This work,this creation by Alice Cooper and Neil Gaimon has been full remastered and newly colored to be presented on it's 20th anniversary of publication. It includes a new afterword by Eisner Award winning graphic artist Michael Zulli and several new pieces of art for this tale. It also includes Gaiman's first letter to Cooper flesh ...more
Pop Bop
Interesting Early Gaiman

"The Last Temptation" is a studio concept album that was released by Alice Cooper in 1994. The story underlying the album, written by Neil Gaiman, was published as a three comic book set. Cooper and Gaiman collaborated on the projects and each contributed to the other's work. (Alice Cooper is identified as one of the authors in this reissued volume.) The comic books were published by Marvel Comics in 1994-95 and the collected comic books were issued as a single volume by
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Manda
I decided to read this while listening to Alice Cooper's album "The Last Temptation" just for fun. :) The soundtrack added an interesting layer to the book because mentally I wouldn't have had that style of music in mind while I was reading and may have missed an aspect of how it was meant to be presented. Overall I appreciated it, although I would have liked a little more info on the Showman, he didn't feel satisfactorily fleshed out to me. But maybe that's part of what makes him creepy, by not ...more
Wayne McCoy
'Neil Gaiman's The Last Temptation 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' is a work from earlier in Neil Gaiman's career and was done as a collaboration with Alice Cooper to go along with a concept album. The story is a bit thin, but that could be in service to the album rather than a failing on Gaiman's part.

In a nondescript town, it's Halloween. A young man named Steve is lured into an old theater that only seems to show up at sundown. The Showman runs the theater and wants Steven to stay forever. S
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Francesca
4-4.5/5

Fumetto che esce in una veste celebrativa deluxe del ventennale a firma di Neil Gaiman e Michael Zulli.
L’originale fu pubblicato nel 1994 e faceva parte di un concept album di Alice Cooper, che qui compare come uno dei protagonisti, benché sotto mentite spoglie.

Protagonista della storia è un ragazzo di nome Steven, che motteggiato dagli amici, è tentato da un enigmatico e inquietante uomo di spettacolo enigmatico (Alice Cooper) di unirsi al suo carnevale (Grand Guignol).

La storia è ben c
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Theediscerning
Neil Gaiman rightly says, in his introduction, that rock comics never needed to be as bad as they were. I remember picking this off the shelves years and years ago and finding it surprisingly admirable – for one, I couldn't stand the soft-rock horror melange of Alice Cooper whatsoever. I still can't, but I do still like this piece – it works with a simple twist on the hokum soul-stealing shtick, it has strong characterisation and some fabulous imagery. This anniversary edition has the full scrip ...more
Paul
Neil Gaiman, Alice Cooper and Michael Zulli
Now there's three names you wouldn't expect to write in the same sentence.
I haven't listened to Cooper's Album version of this, but from reading the book, I was transported back to Cooper's early days of Welcome to my Nightmare and School's Out... which were two of the very first 33rpm albums I'd ever owned.
So simply on a nostalgic note, this for me, was very pleasant to read.
Zulli's artwork is as always, some of the best.
S
I have been a fan of Neil Gaiman since his Sandman days, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at his collaboration with Alice Cooper and his studio album "The Last Temptation". It promised to be either really interesting or discordant and terrible.

For me the end result came in somewhere around "meh" unfortunately. As much as I enjoy Gaiman I have never been an enormous fan of Alice Cooper, although I find him to be an interesting character. I found the story to be somewhat confusi
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Urthwild Darkness Beckons
This collection contains not only the graphic novel, but also letters between the author and Alice Cooper, pre-coloured artwork, the outline and rough draft scripts for the project.

I knew nothing of the original when I agreed to review this arc.

It is an engaging tale, Steven is an ordinary young boy who is not quite sure of his place but leads a fairly unremarkable life. One day on the way home from school, he and his friends come across a mysterious theatre, the 'Theatre of the Real' and the st
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