Written by Joe Harris
Art by Eman Casalos
Published by Dynamite Comics
Release Date: 9/3/2014
It has been 20 years. 7,300 days. 438,000 minutes. 26,280,000 seconds. Since the last time Alice Cooper found himself front and center between the staples of a comic book. Well, the wait is over. Dynamite Comics has brought us all to our knees and “We’re not worthy” to witness the rebirth of the master of the midnight palace, Alice Cooper!
For those of you that are old enough to remember, Alice Cooper made his comic book debut in Marvel Premiere #50 back in 1979. Since then, there has been very little said about Mr. Cooper. Other than Neil Gaiman’s run in 1994, the annals of comic books have been closed to the dark prince. But all of that has changed now that Joe Harris and Eman Casallos are taking a crack at him.
This story seems to be taking a “rebirth” approach to the story of the Nightmare Palace. Alice has awoken to work for Lucius Black, a dealer in souls, and has been commissioned to take out a boy band idol. Intertwined with this story is one of a young boy who happens upon his first Alice Cooper album at a garage sale. He’s victim to bullying and needs the power of the music to regain his courage.
I was so excited to get a chance to read and write about this book. I have loved Alice Cooper ever since I saw Wayne’s World in theaters. I’m a little too young to remember him when he was touring, but everything I have heard I love. His motif and character fit perfectly on the pages of a comic book. The style, the genre, everything just screams comics. That is not to say that there isn’t opportunity for there to be some serious writing going on, any fan of Alice knows how intelligent he is and anything he lends his name to will probably be up to his snuff. I really think Dynamite has worked their way into a pretty sweet deal here and I hope we can look forward to many more issues to come. Welcome back Alice, we’ve missed you! Happy reading!