Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

Writer: Peter David, Robin Furth
Illustrator: Jae Lee, Richard Isanove
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 21, 2007
Pages: 240

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Goodreads Synopsis: ‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ With those words, millions of readers were introduced to Stephen King’s Roland ‘ an implacable gunslinger in search of the enigmatic Dark Tower, powering his way through a dangerous land filled with ancient technology and deadly magic. Now, in a comic book personally overseen by King himself, Roland’s past is revealed! Sumptuously drawn by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove, adapted by long-time Stephen King expert, Robin Furth (author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance), and scripted by New York Times Bestseller Peter David, this series delves in depth into Roland’s origins ‘ the perfect introduction to this incredibly realized world; while long-time fans will thrill to adventures merely hinted at in the novels.


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This was one of those graphic novels that I only recently wanted to read because of the movie that came out. Yes, I’m one of those people… well, sometimes. I had heard of the book before, if only partly, but had not been very interested in it until I saw the preview for the movie with Idris Elba. I then saw a good deal going on the graphic novel at my local comic store and thought why not. That’s where it began, and even though I was hoping it would continue, sadly it wasn’t so.

Don’t get me wrong, I found the story mostly entertaining (because the characters are pretty interesting), but the writing style really started getting to me. Yes, the illustrations are very well done and one of the other reasons why I was also convinced in picking it up, but it wasn’t enough to get me to really fall in love with it. It was definitely enough to peak my interest in the actual novel by Stephen King, but I’ve heard it includes much of the same way of speaking so doubt I’m ready for it.

For now, I will probably put looking into the books on the back burner and check them out later on when I’m really in the mood for the rest of that story. Like I said, it has many great illustrations, enough of a recap of what it’s all about, and a great main character. It just seems that this novel didn’t do enough to really get me into all of this world and what others have come to love about it. I’m hoping when I do eventually read the book I will have all of those feels I’m missing with this edition.

1 Comment

  1. Karen Blue

    December 10, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I am sure Stephen King’s original version was better, but at least you can check this story off your list. I find myself reading books when I know the movies are coming out too. I sometimes watch the movie first. That does tait the characters for me but thats okay. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on this.


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