Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, Hardback Book

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Hardback

Illustrated by Jae Lee

4 out of 5 (17 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
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  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9780785121442

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This is the bound version of the first 7 gunslinger comics put out by marvel. I'm not a comic book fan per say, but I did find the artwork incredible. My guess is that many other comics these days have the same level of artistry, but for a newcomer, I was extremely impressed.As for the story line, it's a retelling of Roland's youth, essentially Wizard and the Glass in illustrated comic format. If you like that story then, you'll enjoy this. It lacks the detail and a lot of the back story that makes the gunslinger saga so wonderful, but makes up for some of it with the details in the art. Different for me, but very enjoyable.

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I've been a fan of the Dark Tower series since the first book came out in the early 1980s, so I was excited to see Roland transformed into a graphic novel character. The artwork, particularly the color palette is stunning. However I was a little disappointed in the narrative portion of the book. Maybe I'm just such as Stephen King fan that I missed his literary touch.

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This book tells the first adventure of Roland Deschain and his friends when they are sent to Hambry to investigate Hambry's support for the Affiliation (i.e. the back story revealed in Stephen King's Wizard And Glass).It collects all seven issues of this first story arch. However, the background explanations present in the single issues and collected in the Gunslinger's Guidebook are missing, otherwise it would be a perfect collection.The comic itself is fantastically drawn and is a wonderful transition from the original text.Fans of the Dark Tower shouldn't miss this book.

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Before I picked this up, I was under the impression that it was an expansion of the Dark Tower universe, a story that had not previously been told in any of the books. Had I known that it was merely a translation of <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, I may not have bothered with it......except, yeah, I probably would have. I'm a Tower junkie, same as Roland and all the rest, and I want all the material I can get my hands on. Given that the book being treated is not just my favorite Dark Tower book, but my favorite book period, I doubt I'd have been able to pass it up anyway.All that said, I have pretty mixed feelings about <i>The Gunslinger Born</i>. As for the story...meh. In a format that is necessarily so abbreviated, you really lose a lot of the flavor that made <i>Wizard and Glass</i> such an incredible story. In that regard, it really is nothing more than a pale imitation of the book.The illustration, though, is breathtaking. To see such well-known and well-loved characters and settings come to such vibrant life is nothing short of amazing. I don't know if that's enough to recommend the book on its own, but it was enough to make reading the book worth my time.

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Based on the best-selling series of Dark Tower novels by Stephen King, this comic explores how Roland, the Gunslinger, became what he is. This works as something of a prequel to the King novels, but no prior knowledge of the series is required to enjoy this. On Earth in an alternate universe, humanity has nearly destroyed itself in a cataclysmic war. Many generations later, a feudal society has evolved into something like the old west, and a boy must prove himself a man in order to earn his guns and the right to stalk the evil that is casting its shadow over the lands once again. This is a well written and fast paced adaptation of King's epic story, and the artwork is just amazing in its scope and vision. King fans looking for an alternate view of his longest story arc, or those curious about graphic novels and looking for a mature and thoughtful story are encouraged to check out this splendid volume.

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