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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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04/12/2005 Archived Entry: "Comics review: Temptation"

by Glenn Dakin
Publisher: Active Images

Review by Tom Good

A bearded man, alone in a desert, is tempted again and again by a devil who tries every kind of offer and trick to get him to bargain away his soul. This is the theme, and each one-page episode of Temptation offers a new variation. This humorous comic almost belongs to its own unique category, but in its strict adherence to a simple storyline, its focus on two main characters, and its short episodes it resembles the old classic Spy vs. Spy from Mad Magazine. But where Spy vs. Spy had a slick, stylized look, the art of Temptation feels more like a spontaneous sketch or doodle.

At first glance Dakin's art it seems crudely drawn, but over time its effectiveness will make a lasting impression on the reader. It has been compared (accurately enough) to Krazy Kat, but some of it strongly reminds me of Picasso's Don Quixote. Temptation was originally created in 1982, and Active Images has done comic fans a great service by giving the complete set of strips new life in this collection. This book is easy to pick up and makes a fairly quick read, but it is one that you will not soon forget. Recommended.

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