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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born December 12, 2007

Posted by batduck in Books, Reviews.

image The Dark Tower:  The Gunslinger Born

Stephen King (author), Peter David (author), Robin Furth (author), Jae Lee (illustrator)

Date: February 7, 2007 —   August 1, 2007  $3.99 Each

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Four stars. (of a possible four)





 Web Site Description:

A man’s quest begins with a boy’s test.

In a world that has moved on, young Roland Deschain will one day be known as the Gunslinger-but for now, he is merely a boy on the cusp of manhood. For years, his fate has been manipulated by the sorcerer known as Marten Broadcloak, who serves the Crimson King-an immortal shape-shifter living only to destroy the legendary Dark Tower: the axis of creation upon which all worlds revolve. And for the Crimson King’s plans to succeed, Roland must be destroyed.
Roland and his friends, Alain and Cuthbert, uncover a plot by the evil John Farson (also a servant of the Crimson King) to destroy the Affiliation, the network that unites the world’s baronies and maintains an uneasy peace. But Roland has another mission on his mind-winning the heart of the beautiful Susan Delgado, who he met in Hambry, and who holds a secret of unspeakable horror…
For Roland, these are only the first steps on the road to the Dark Tower, where he will learn the true nature of his quest, and, perhaps, the secrets of existence itself.


From Batduck:

When I first heard that there was a Dark Tower comic book in the works, I was *very* excited.  I’ve been a long-time fan of the Dark Tower series since I first read The Gunslinger back in high school.  So when my lovely wife gave me the comic book set as a gift, I was giddy with anticipation to read about Roland Deschain as he pursued the man in black across the desert.

To my surprise, this was not the original tale told in The Gunslinger.  Instead, this comic set depicts the story told in book IV Wizards and Glass.  It recounts the story of young Roland and how he became a gunslinger in the first place and how he and his first ka-tet of Cuthbert and Alain left Gilead, their home and set out to encounter the forces of evil.  More importantly, it tells of Roland’s lost love, Susan Delgado and how their love came to a tragic end.

It was a very pleasant surprise to revisit this flashback tale again.  The story is abridged, but they have captured the feel and atmosphere of the original story wonderfully.  This is due both to the excellent writing and the beautiful artwork.  Each issue also features one or two stories of ancient Gilead and how the word came to be. These are not comic type stories, but are written as a narrative. I’ve never seen these stories and don’t know if they’ve ever been published before, but they were an engrossing read if you are a fan of the series or want some insight into why the world is in the state is in.

I certainly recommend the set, which is now available in one bound graphic novel, to anyone who enjoys a good comic book.  If you’re a fan of the Dark Tower series, then this is a *must read*.

– Long days and pleasant nights, if ya kinnit.



1. nomananisland - December 13, 2007

I love the Dark Tower, especially Wizard and Glass. I think that book in particular was King’s best work, for me anyway.

I think he accomplishes a lot over the course of the series, it’s brilliant.

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