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Kada je sedamdesetih godina prošlog stoljeća mladi Stephen King u mjesečniku Fantasy & Science Fiction objavio seriju novela o Rolandu Revolverašu tko je mogao misliti da će se iz sada već slavne polovne pisaće mašine Underwood nadobudnog dvadesetdvogodišnjaka, koji je upravo odgledao Clinta Eastwooda u Leoneovom Dobar, loš, zao, izliti takva bujica riječi. Tijekom tridese Kada je sedamdesetih godina prošlog stoljeća mladi Stephen King u mjesečniku Fantasy & Science Fiction objavio seriju novela o Rolandu Revolverašu tko je mogao misliti da će se iz sada već slavne polovne pisaće mašine Underwood nadobudnog dvadesetdvogodišnjaka, koji je upravo odgledao Clinta Eastwooda u Leoneovom Dobar, loš, zao, izliti takva bujica riječi. Tijekom trideset tri godine u sedam sve debljih i debljih knjiga razvila se saga o Kuli Tmine – integralnom djelu koje povezuje sve (ili skoro sve) Kingove prethodne knjige i likove iz njih. A iz tog niza knjiga koji je plijenio Kingove čitače mračnom vizualnošću kao logičan odgovor na našu potrebu da u mašti otjelotvorimo ono što čitamo nastao je roman u slikama, crtani roman ili jednostavno strip. Prvi put priča o Revolverašu dobiva svoj ispravan kronološki tok. Mladi Roland dobit će svoj vlastiti par revolvera i s prijateljima Cuthbertom i Alainom otići u bezopasnu misiju izviđanja koja će ga dovesti u situaciju da pogleda Zlu ravno u oči. U tom prijelomnom trenutku kada od dječaka postaje muškarac Roland će upoznati prelijepu Susan Delgado i gotovo istovremeno spoznati da postoje stvari u životu za koje vrijedi ubiti… Priču iz Kingovog Međzemlja za grafički prikaz prilagodio je Robin Furth, autor Konkordanci Kule Tmine, jedini čovjek koji o tom svijetu zna više od samog Kinga, ispisao ju je Peter David, pisac koji je dugi niz godina pisao Hulka, a nacrtao Jae Lee, najbolji Marvelov crtač dvadeset prvog stoljeća (do sada) koji se istakao crtajući Fantastičnu Četvorku. Izuzetni kolori djelo su Richarda Isanove, koji je radio i Gaimanov crtani roman 1602.


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Kada je sedamdesetih godina prošlog stoljeća mladi Stephen King u mjesečniku Fantasy & Science Fiction objavio seriju novela o Rolandu Revolverašu tko je mogao misliti da će se iz sada već slavne polovne pisaće mašine Underwood nadobudnog dvadesetdvogodišnjaka, koji je upravo odgledao Clinta Eastwooda u Leoneovom Dobar, loš, zao, izliti takva bujica riječi. Tijekom tridese Kada je sedamdesetih godina prošlog stoljeća mladi Stephen King u mjesečniku Fantasy & Science Fiction objavio seriju novela o Rolandu Revolverašu tko je mogao misliti da će se iz sada već slavne polovne pisaće mašine Underwood nadobudnog dvadesetdvogodišnjaka, koji je upravo odgledao Clinta Eastwooda u Leoneovom Dobar, loš, zao, izliti takva bujica riječi. Tijekom trideset tri godine u sedam sve debljih i debljih knjiga razvila se saga o Kuli Tmine – integralnom djelu koje povezuje sve (ili skoro sve) Kingove prethodne knjige i likove iz njih. A iz tog niza knjiga koji je plijenio Kingove čitače mračnom vizualnošću kao logičan odgovor na našu potrebu da u mašti otjelotvorimo ono što čitamo nastao je roman u slikama, crtani roman ili jednostavno strip. Prvi put priča o Revolverašu dobiva svoj ispravan kronološki tok. Mladi Roland dobit će svoj vlastiti par revolvera i s prijateljima Cuthbertom i Alainom otići u bezopasnu misiju izviđanja koja će ga dovesti u situaciju da pogleda Zlu ravno u oči. U tom prijelomnom trenutku kada od dječaka postaje muškarac Roland će upoznati prelijepu Susan Delgado i gotovo istovremeno spoznati da postoje stvari u životu za koje vrijedi ubiti… Priču iz Kingovog Međzemlja za grafički prikaz prilagodio je Robin Furth, autor Konkordanci Kule Tmine, jedini čovjek koji o tom svijetu zna više od samog Kinga, ispisao ju je Peter David, pisac koji je dugi niz godina pisao Hulka, a nacrtao Jae Lee, najbolji Marvelov crtač dvadeset prvog stoljeća (do sada) koji se istakao crtajući Fantastičnu Četvorku. Izuzetni kolori djelo su Richarda Isanove, koji je radio i Gaimanov crtani roman 1602.

30 review for Kula Tmine: Revolveraš je rođen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Ok, I'm probably going to get crucified by King fans, but I thought that The Dark Tower story was the same as The Stand. And, not being a huge fan of King's horror/fantasy/whatever tales, I hadn't been motivated to figure that out till now. But yeah. Hey, those are two different series! And all the King fans simultaneously do this: That's ok, I deserve that one. Here's the thing, I don't really enjoy the rambling, weird, sometimes downright gross style of some of his writing. But please don't think Ok, I'm probably going to get crucified by King fans, but I thought that The Dark Tower story was the same as The Stand. And, not being a huge fan of King's horror/fantasy/whatever tales, I hadn't been motivated to figure that out till now. But yeah. Hey, those are two different series! And all the King fans simultaneously do this: That's ok, I deserve that one. Here's the thing, I don't really enjoy the rambling, weird, sometimes downright gross style of some of his writing. But please don't think I'm trying to say his books are bad! The guy has talent oozing out of his pores, and I'm not trying to downplay what the impact of his presence in the literary world. It's simply personal preference and not a reflection on my feelings towards the man or his fans. But. Like every other asshole out there who doesn't bother reading a book until the movie comes out, I saw this trailer and suddenly got interested. Yes. I'm that person. *hangs head* I'll be sitting over here in the corner if you want me... Alright. Regardless of the reason, I now wanted to find out what this story was all about. Yay! And then (after a bit of research on the interwebs) I found out that this was some sort of insane epic that consists of 8 large books and one novella, written over the course of 40+ YEARS. ACK! So what's a lazy girl to do? Well, if you're a lazy girl (or guy!) like me, then you'll grab at the comic book version like it's the last life preserver on a sinking ship. Nooooo. I don't think these will be as detailed, nuanced, or whatever else as the books, but I'm just looking for the overall gist of the story. Boom. Done. Thank you, graphic novelizations... How was it, you ask? Well, the art was BEAUTIFUL. Jae Lee shines in this sort of environment! You honestly can't ask for a better artist when it comes to a western/fantasy/horror story like this one. It's visually gorgeous. And the plot was pretty much what I would expect from Stephen King. It's strange, creepy, lyrical - nasty in spots -but ultimately so interesting that you want more. I'm assuming that Peter David did a good job of transferring the spirit of the story onto the panels. Those of you who have read the books will have to let me know for sure, though. From what I've heard, this isn't going in order of the BOOKS, it's just telling the story. I'm not 100% about this, but I think if you're planning to read the books, then this thing will spoil some of the plot twists for you, and you may want to wait and read the comics last. Alright. For those of you who are going to try to convince me that I really must read these? Let me just stop you right there. No. Just...no. See, one of my pet peeves is made up accents & words. In small doses (like this comic) I'm fine, but the western/poet/cowboy/bullshit way that these characters talked would have me scratching at my skin like a meth head by the time I was done with a full-length novel. And I spend way too much money on the snake oil I rub on my aging face to damage it that way! (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] So, no. NO. I'm happy living in the land of picture books for stuff like this, and you can be happy in your smug world of real literature. To me, the story is worth 4 stars and the art is worth 10. I'm gonna have to settle on 5, I guess. Good stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Dark Tower graphic novels? Yes please! This is the very first volume and it is a collection of seven issues telling the same story as in Wizard and Glass (4th book of The Dark Tower series). That part of the Gunslinger story lends itself very well to the graphic novel format. Who am I kidding!? The whole thing lends itself to this format, book four is just a very good place to start. I am very impressed with the adaptation of a 500+ page novel into a 150 to 200 page graphic novel. The artwork and Dark Tower graphic novels? Yes please! This is the very first volume and it is a collection of seven issues telling the same story as in Wizard and Glass (4th book of The Dark Tower series). That part of the Gunslinger story lends itself very well to the graphic novel format. Who am I kidding!? The whole thing lends itself to this format, book four is just a very good place to start. I am very impressed with the adaptation of a 500+ page novel into a 150 to 200 page graphic novel. The artwork and the few lines of narration and dialogue completely told the story. Book four was not my favorite in the series, but I think reading this gave me a new appreciation for it. Also, speaking of artwork, I think the artwork in this book is great. It is dark and mysterious. It has both finely drawn part and other shadowy parts leaving some to the imagination. One thing that I noticed that I thought was very cool, too, is that the images tend not to have backgrounds. Each panel focuses on what is closest to the reader, leaving the background up for interpretation. King and graphic novel fans alike should check this out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Fantastic! This is actually the content from Wizard and Glass and I think it’s a good idea to do things in chronological order. Great art work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    9/22/17 - (ALL TEN VOLUMES are currently) ON SALE for $1.80 - $2.20 each: 9/22/17 - (ALL TEN VOLUMES are currently) ON SALE for $1.80 - $2.20 each: Do you understand how cheap that is for a graphic novel? Go! Get them ALL! Now! Reviewed by: Rabid Reads Even though one of my few legitimate phobias is anything Stephen King-related (I read one of his short story collections when I was far too young and have been unable to sleep in a room with an open door ever since #truestory), all the hype surrounding The Dark Tower movie, made me curious . . . Of all of His work, it's always been THE DARK TOWER that I've been the most interested in. B/c fantasy. BUT. What does Stephen King fantasy look like? I'd heard enough whispers to feel my hesitation was warranted, but curiosity and me . . . We're bffs. And FYI, Stephen King curiosity + new(ish)found love of graphic novels = duh. I figured it would be safer. I'd get the gist and some cool artwork without the dread and fear. I was right. This is where my basic outline of the plot begins, so if you don't want to be spoiled, get thee gone. BUT. I'm just giving the gist, so I'd consider it safe--I'm not going to tell you anything that I wouldn't want to know. Roland Deschain is a Gunslinger. I don't know what that means beyond the obvious connotation and that it's kind of a Big Deal in this world. Also, this world is very chauvinistic, so be aware of that. Anyway, Roland and his peers are trained by an abusive drill sergeant-type, until the day they challenge their master to a duel. If they win, they become Gunslingers in their own right. If they lose, they're banished, ostracized, shunned, etc. They leave their families and their lives, never to return. This is the first thing I learned. The second is that Roland is being manipulated into throwing the gauntlet years before he'd be considered ready by his nemesis, the Man in Black. Fortunately for Roland (and apparently everyone and everything Good in his world), he wins the challenge and isn't sent far, far away. But his actions cause complications, so his father sends him and a couple of his friends to scout out a kind of in between area. From there things get . . . more complicated. Were parts of it gross in the way I imagine all things Stephen King to be? Yes. Were parts graphically violent? Yes? But in a manner most unsurprising (if you know me), I sped through those parts, not looking too closely at the images, and overall, I have to say this was an excellent compromise. Recommended unless you have a fragile digestive tract and/or are unfamiliar with the practices of ostriches.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Yep, I've fallen down the rabbit hole. Not yet entirely done with the novels (I'm finishing #7 tomorrow probably) and just reveling in all the additional information these comics give the reader. Apparently, the comics follow the Dark Tower story chronologically. Personally, I don't think this would have worked for the novels AT ALL so I'm glad SK didn't write the story like this. But once you've read the novels, these are a great way to gain deeper insight into some events and characters. Thus, t Yep, I've fallen down the rabbit hole. Not yet entirely done with the novels (I'm finishing #7 tomorrow probably) and just reveling in all the additional information these comics give the reader. Apparently, the comics follow the Dark Tower story chronologically. Personally, I don't think this would have worked for the novels AT ALL so I'm glad SK didn't write the story like this. But once you've read the novels, these are a great way to gain deeper insight into some events and characters. Thus, this first volume tells of Gilead, of Roland's test, him being sent to Hambry and meeting Susan there. At the end of every issue we get additional stories that tell of Rhea of the Cöos and Jonas and how they became who they were in this comic. Not that any amount of backstory could have made me pity them one bit or justify their actions in any sort of way. But it was still nice to delve deeper (especially since King supposedly was very much involved in the creation of these comics so it's all canon). We also get maps to orient ourselves. Not that I needed it but I have a weakness for books with maps of the lands they tell us about. The star, however, is the art. It's not the most beautiful art I've ever seen in a comic, but it comes very close. The colours for the different settings alone are breathtaking. To give you an idea: Absolutely amazing! I know the story already and yet I never felt bored while reading this comic but rather excited to see these images and be able to compare them to the images I had in my head while reading the novel(s). But yes, if you're new to the story, heed my warning: unless you want some serious spoilers, do NOT read the comics first or even in parallel to the novels. Yes, I will continue and read all that have been published - especially since other volumes apparently give lots more new information about Gilead and Jericho, certain battles, Roland's first Ka-tet etc. Can't wait to see that, as tragic as it all is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Char

    I absolutely adored this graphic novel. The artwork was STUNNING! It seems that the graphic novels tell the story quite differently than the books do. Having just listened to most of The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, the story of Susan Delgado and Rhea of Coos is still fresh in my mind. Their stories are told here, in Volume 1 of the GN series.I can't wait to read the next one! You can get your beautifully illustrated copy here:             Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born All Hail the Crimson Kin I absolutely adored this graphic novel. The artwork was STUNNING! It seems that the graphic novels tell the story quite differently than the books do. Having just listened to most of The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, the story of Susan Delgado and Rhea of Coos is still fresh in my mind. Their stories are told here, in Volume 1 of the GN series.I can't wait to read the next one! You can get your beautifully illustrated copy here:             Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born All Hail the Crimson King!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    You know, even if I wasn't already a die-hard fan of King in general and a super-fan of the DT in specific, I have to say that the quality of this artwork is EASILY enough to deserve a 5-star rating while totally skimming the text. That being said, I DID NOT skim the text. :) And what did I find? I didn't find The Gunslinger. Nope. I found KID GUNSLINGER. You know, a wealth of details about the dark YA version of Roland and his youthful Ka-tet. Not to mention a wealth of information only gleaned b You know, even if I wasn't already a die-hard fan of King in general and a super-fan of the DT in specific, I have to say that the quality of this artwork is EASILY enough to deserve a 5-star rating while totally skimming the text. That being said, I DID NOT skim the text. :) And what did I find? I didn't find The Gunslinger. Nope. I found KID GUNSLINGER. You know, a wealth of details about the dark YA version of Roland and his youthful Ka-tet. Not to mention a wealth of information only gleaned books later on, including more magic, more history lessons, and really delicious hints of the REALLY big stuff to come. Like, much later. lol So what am I hinting at here? Ah, nothin'. It's fantastic no matter how you look at it. It's chronologically sound. You get started at the very beginning of Roland when he fights his teacher. You get his first quest that goes extremely sideways. You get Susan Delgado. All that angst from an older man as he trudges through the wasteland, alone, having seen all his friends go the way of the clearing at the end of the path, has not happened yet. I LIKE seeing this side of things first. It doesn't show me just how HUGE and EPIC the rest of the DT is, not like the end of The Gunslinger, but it might just be enough to hook any kind of new fan by way of a different medium. Either way, the books still need a great reading. :) Before? After? I don't think it'll ever really matter.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I never got into the novel series but after reading this particular graphic novel I just might give it another try. This volume focuses on the Gunslinger before he became a legend in this post apocalyptic Spaghetti Western Fantasy tale. It covers the legends of his home realm life, how he earned his guns at an early age and his first mission which led to him meeting his first love. The tone is dark, gritty and at times brutal and women don't have many options unless they hold a great deal of pow I never got into the novel series but after reading this particular graphic novel I just might give it another try. This volume focuses on the Gunslinger before he became a legend in this post apocalyptic Spaghetti Western Fantasy tale. It covers the legends of his home realm life, how he earned his guns at an early age and his first mission which led to him meeting his first love. The tone is dark, gritty and at times brutal and women don't have many options unless they hold a great deal of power. The artwork was impressively done with tight facial shots, focus on shadows and some nice running scenes sometimes all completed on one page. There's a nice map in the back to give you an idea of the overall world which I found very helpful as this was my first time experiencing the world. King was creatively involved in the making of this graphic novel. I suspect this will be a spoiler on some level if I ever reach book four of the novel series but that's all right as I wasn't going to give King's series another chance until I picked this piece up. BOOK ONE In this installment Roland (the future gunslinger) earns his pistols by defeating a burly, ugly teacher named Cort in a somewhat clever maneuver. There is a flashback recall of Roland's mother's treachery and the current villain of the tale but the real focus is upon Roland and his ka tet going undercover to the town of Hambry where they discover that Hambry and some other bad people are trying to utilize weapons of the Great Old Ones (think tanks and other high tech things versus cowboys). What follows is the ka tet trying to escape with their lives as the antagonists know they know and come after them. CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus to A minus; STORY/PLOTTING: B plus; ARTWORK: A minus; SETTING/TONE: B to B plus; OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus; WHEN READ: mid May 2012.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Magnificent! This is truly a work of art. Gorgeous paintings accompany a wonderfully written story. The Gunsligner Born is the story of Roland. This acts as a prequel to the Dark Tower novels, since Roland is only 14. We see his training with Cort and the other Gunslinger's of his Ka-Tet- Cuthbert and Alain. The story then follows Roland and his Ka-Tet as they undertake a mission against Farson's troops. Roland also meets and falls in love with Susan, which has tragic consequences for both. I can Magnificent! This is truly a work of art. Gorgeous paintings accompany a wonderfully written story. The Gunsligner Born is the story of Roland. This acts as a prequel to the Dark Tower novels, since Roland is only 14. We see his training with Cort and the other Gunslinger's of his Ka-Tet- Cuthbert and Alain. The story then follows Roland and his Ka-Tet as they undertake a mission against Farson's troops. Roland also meets and falls in love with Susan, which has tragic consequences for both. I can not say enough good things about this wonderfully written story. The characters are spot on. I especially enjoyed the Man in Black and the Crimson King. On top of a first rate story is amazing artwork. each panel is a piece of beautiful art. Truly a gorgeous series. This issue has the Gunslinger Born story and an extra section giving a cool history on how Arthur fell to the Crimson Queen, and how Maerlyn's magic crystal balls were created-but most of all I appreciated how it explains the Crimson King and the Dark Tower. Well done! It's obvious they worked very closely with Stephen King to pull this off. A must read for any Dark Tower fan. Honestly, even if you've never read the series this is a great comic. Recommend for anyone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Sumper

    This is nothing short of the most epic graphic novel series. I have yet to come across something remotley close in epicness, and while contemporary artists still try to achieve something similar, I need to take a swing at "saga" as it is labeled by so many people as such an epic on the modern side. The first 14 pages of "The Gunslinger Born" win me over in multiple ways at once while all the 176 pages of Saga Volume 1 fail to do so in one way. It is not even in the same league. What stephen king This is nothing short of the most epic graphic novel series. I have yet to come across something remotley close in epicness, and while contemporary artists still try to achieve something similar, I need to take a swing at "saga" as it is labeled by so many people as such an epic on the modern side. The first 14 pages of "The Gunslinger Born" win me over in multiple ways at once while all the 176 pages of Saga Volume 1 fail to do so in one way. It is not even in the same league. What stephen king wrote, peter david with help from robin furth adapted and what incredible artists put to paper is showing me that some people might be able to write stories (even good ones) but you still have to draw the line between those and people like stephen that just live and breath storytelling and do it with such confidence it leaves you a bit speechless. I am not even a huge King fan but this hit a spot and I only read one book so far of this series, but judging the hype and rating of the later books, I am safe to say this is the king of epic tales in graphic novel format. Pun intended. 5.0 of 5.0 stars Oh and recommendation? Well if you don't read it you're doing it wrong.

  11. 5 out of 5

    TK421

    I have been told that if you HAVE NOT READ book four of the Dark Tower Series, WIZARD AND GLASS, The Dark Tower graphic novels provide some spoilers. WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not read WIZARD AND GLASS, so I don’t know if I am writing any spoilers in this review. (Let me know if I am!!) THE GUNSLINGER BORN is a graphic novel that packs just as much punch as King’s first book in the Dark Tower Series THE GUNSLINGER. But instead of an older Roland, we are introdu I have been told that if you HAVE NOT READ book four of the Dark Tower Series, WIZARD AND GLASS, The Dark Tower graphic novels provide some spoilers. WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not read WIZARD AND GLASS, so I don’t know if I am writing any spoilers in this review. (Let me know if I am!!) THE GUNSLINGER BORN is a graphic novel that packs just as much punch as King’s first book in the Dark Tower Series THE GUNSLINGER. But instead of an older Roland, we are introduced to a younger Roland, one that is beginning his training to become a gunslinger. Immediately upon reading the first few pages, I was taken back to that other world of magicians and gunslingers and strange creatures. The further I read, the philosophies of this other world took shape again within my mind and I found myself believing in “ka” and wondering where my “ka-tet” was. For me, the Dark Tower represents the possibilities of storytelling. (Granted I have only read the first three novels, but I have high hopes.) THE GUNSLINGER REBORN does not disappoint. Written by Robin Furth and Peter David, this story-arc (composed of seven comics) is broken down by the following plot-lines: Issue #1: Roland travels across the Mohaine Desert, recalling the treachery of Marten Broadcloak, the adulterous affair his mother commits, his defeat of Cort, and the night he spent with a prostitute. Issue #2: Steven, Roland’s father, sends Roland and his ka-tet to the east, the true form of the Crimson King is unveiled Issue #3: A group of assassins, the Big Coffin Hunters, have marked Roland and his ka-tet for death Issue #4: Roland falls in love with Susan Delgado Issue #5: Roland discovers that John Farson has stolen weapons from the Great Old Ones, and is planning an attack on the Affiliation, a group that Roland’s father is a member Issue #6: The Affiliation is tricked into going to the Shaved Mountains, where Farson and his company of men plan on using the weapons of the Great Old Ones on them Issue #7: Roland and his ka-tet reign vengeance upon the Big Coffin Hunters, saving Roland’s father; Roland’s and Susan’s love affair comes to a tragic conclusion In each of these stories, a bigger piece of Roland and his history is given to illustrate the many depths of his psyche and ultimately paints a picture of why Roland became the way he is. For me, THE GUNSLINGER BORN answered many questions I had about Roland (questions I have been told are answered in WIZARD AND GLASS). In addition, the artwork is unbelievable, adding to the details I had always imagined Roland and his world looked like. Overall, this is a remarkable story for all Dark Tower fans. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Well, I was warned that there were changes to the story... I read this as individual issues. Several reviews stated that Marvel, in their infinite wisdom, left a significant portion of the seven issues out of the compilation, dropping Robin Furth's history of Gilead and Arthur Eld completely. Without these, the story as presented makes even less sense. I'll explain that statement shortly. This is part of the story from Wizard and Glass in which (view spoiler)[Roland and his gunslingers take on the Well, I was warned that there were changes to the story... I read this as individual issues. Several reviews stated that Marvel, in their infinite wisdom, left a significant portion of the seven issues out of the compilation, dropping Robin Furth's history of Gilead and Arthur Eld completely. Without these, the story as presented makes even less sense. I'll explain that statement shortly. This is part of the story from Wizard and Glass in which (view spoiler)[Roland and his gunslingers take on the several layers of bad guys. This was my favorite of the Dark Tower books, and there, Stephen King really developed Roland's character, giving him a background and a past. The level of emotion was very high as Roland falls in love with a damsel in distress, defeats the Big Coffin Hunters, and sets him off on his journey toward the Dark Tower itself. (hide spoiler)] And that's where this graphic novel fell short. The level of detail was completely lost as Peter David only hits the "salient" high points, leaving out character development, motives, and how the supporting cast fits into the storyline. Two of these come immediately to mind. Sheemie? Very little about him, other than how he was mistreated. Rhea? Nothing about this master manipulator, pushing the entire town to murder. These changes, among many others, really took away from the story. I'm not sure I would even be able to follow along without reading Wizard and Glass first. So disappointing. The artwork, on the other hand, was simply gorgeous. Jae Lee and Richard Isanove captured the bleakness perfectly, capture the beauty perfectly, even the evilness of the witch and the Good Man perfectly. It was the art that really carried this volume. On to the next one: The Dark Tower, Volume 2: The Long Road Home

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiago

    Even better on a second read through, truly a work of art, one of the best graphic novels out there. Flawless engaging storytelling, terrific world building and outstanding art.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    *3.5 Stars* Here we go. Years ago, I had a great time going on the epic adventure of Roland and his ka-tet as they travel in search of the Dark Tower in order to save the world(s) in Stephen King's massive genre-bending epic. With the Dark Tower movie being released this year, I thought I'd delve into the huge multi-series comic book adaptation of the story, and it starts here. In this first 5-volume series, with guidance from King, Peter David and Robin Furth decided to begin the story by compili *3.5 Stars* Here we go. Years ago, I had a great time going on the epic adventure of Roland and his ka-tet as they travel in search of the Dark Tower in order to save the world(s) in Stephen King's massive genre-bending epic. With the Dark Tower movie being released this year, I thought I'd delve into the huge multi-series comic book adaptation of the story, and it starts here. In this first 5-volume series, with guidance from King, Peter David and Robin Furth decided to begin the story by compiling material from the prequel/flashback events referenced in the main series to detail Roland's early days as a gunslinger, the fall of Gilead and the moment when the world begins to break apart at the seams. This first volume, The Gunslinger Born, is essentially a retelling of the flashbacks in King's fourth DT novel, Wizard and Glass, where Roland and his buddies find love and violence while on their first mission to Mejis to investigate the movements of insane rebel John Farson, and take the first steps toward their ka. Wizard and Glass was a controversial departure from the main story, but if you were like me and really enjoyed that tale of young Roland then you'll also enjoy this picture adaptation! Although at times I wish it was a bit more detailed in the settings, the inky artwork by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove is eye-catching, with memorable, iconic imagery. I also like the idea of the folksy narration being told in Mid-World dialect, but it did get a little obnoxious and distracting. Still, I'm pumped to jump back into the world of The Dark Tower and join Roland on his quest again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I enjoyed the Dark Tower series, so I looked forward to getting back to some places and characters I missed through the graphic novels. I might read the next one, to give them a second chance, but I'm not chomping at the bit, that's for sure. The writing in The Gunslinger Born is dull--an overdone mimic of the language King uses in the original series. Still, although King's writing is enjoyable, he's no great word-master (great story-teller, yes). So I wasn't expecting miracles in the writing d I enjoyed the Dark Tower series, so I looked forward to getting back to some places and characters I missed through the graphic novels. I might read the next one, to give them a second chance, but I'm not chomping at the bit, that's for sure. The writing in The Gunslinger Born is dull--an overdone mimic of the language King uses in the original series. Still, although King's writing is enjoyable, he's no great word-master (great story-teller, yes). So I wasn't expecting miracles in the writing department from a spin-off graphic novel. But the art is a let-down as well. At first, Lee's and Isanove's pictures are striking and elegant: strange, dark, gothic, twisted, shadowy . . . but as I turn the pages, that's all they are. Over and over. Strange, dark, gothic, twisted, shadowy. No longer striking, just repetitive. Half-way through, I barely looked at the artwork and just read with a mind to finish the book. In fact, the limited palette of muted tones (with infrequent bursts of bright red) muffle the imagination rather than stimulate it. The restrictive color scheme and absence of texture lull the reader into a mental doze. And, while in many cases simplicity is best, the lack of detail in the frames is just that: a lack. There's nothing to look for in the pictures, so the reader might as well stop looking. Nothing new to see; just more back-lit silhouettes, close-ups of intense faces, and smooth-'n-sinewy everythings (rock formations, cloth, horses, you name it). For the first chapter or so, I enjoyed seeing a graphic depiction of familiar characters, but the novel quickly lost its charm.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    5.0 stars. WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING ADAPTATION!!! First off, I must say that this book is not recommended for those who have not read the Dark Tower series (especially Wizard and Glass on which this graphic novel is based). However, for those that have read and enjoyed Wizard and Glass, this graphic novel is a real treat. The artwork is superb, the tone is spot on, and the writers do an amazing job of translating a 500 page story into 150 page graphic novel without losing the scope of the book in th 5.0 stars. WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING ADAPTATION!!! First off, I must say that this book is not recommended for those who have not read the Dark Tower series (especially Wizard and Glass on which this graphic novel is based). However, for those that have read and enjoyed Wizard and Glass, this graphic novel is a real treat. The artwork is superb, the tone is spot on, and the writers do an amazing job of translating a 500 page story into 150 page graphic novel without losing the scope of the book in the process. I absolutely loved it and cannot recommend it highly enough. Just make sure you have read the underlying source material first.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Sven

    Great graphic novel that goes into the Roland origins story as related in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass. The art was great. Fans of Dark Tower will love it. I'm not sure how it does as an entry into the main series of books though. The books also give more detail than is in the comic, but what this has that the books don't is extra information interspersed about the histories of Gilead and Arthur Eld and the mythology of "In World." This is actually NEW information that the books only hint Great graphic novel that goes into the Roland origins story as related in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass. The art was great. Fans of Dark Tower will love it. I'm not sure how it does as an entry into the main series of books though. The books also give more detail than is in the comic, but what this has that the books don't is extra information interspersed about the histories of Gilead and Arthur Eld and the mythology of "In World." This is actually NEW information that the books only hint at. I enjoyed it and will continue with the rest of the graphic novels. 4 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    7/2015 - I bumped it up a star because I very recently re-read The Gunslinger and this satisfied a craving. I am so in love with Lee's illustrations! I'm still not a fan of the familiarity of the narrator with the reader, but the story is solid. I love the way the GN explains things like Ka and Ka-tet as soon as the words are used. King lets the reader figure their meanings out, but with the GN there is a very finite number of words and a lot of information to pass along, so explaining is a good 7/2015 - I bumped it up a star because I very recently re-read The Gunslinger and this satisfied a craving. I am so in love with Lee's illustrations! I'm still not a fan of the familiarity of the narrator with the reader, but the story is solid. I love the way the GN explains things like Ka and Ka-tet as soon as the words are used. King lets the reader figure their meanings out, but with the GN there is a very finite number of words and a lot of information to pass along, so explaining is a good choice. Did anyone else notice the use of the word "shiny" in a very Whedon/Firefly-esque way? ;) 2008- I have to say that the captions bothered me a bit. As the narrator was addressing the reader, he spoke in too familiar a voice. As I read the Dark Tower series, I feel it's almost an epic fable, but addressed in such a way makes it too personal and "right now". I want to feel like I am reading/hearing this story eons after it has taken place, not a week later. It loses a bit of it's magic in this way. To me, anyway. I did love the illustrations. Susan's face was perfect, if her hair and clothing left something to be desired. Cuthbert looked almost perfectly the way I pictured him. Alain, not so much, but not different enough to be distracting. I loved the way the peach fuzz on Roland's face was suggested. Also, the way his body, when he was shirtless, really looked like a 15 year olds. Obviously developing into a powerful man, but not quite finished. Even with these complaints, I will certainly be reading the rest.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stepheny

    Absolutely amazing! Really brings the wonderful tale of Roland to life. The artwork is breathtaking, and it was very well written.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    YES! What a great story. If you have read the novel and first book of the Dark Tower series, Gunslinger, then you are going to love this graphic novel. This is a prequel in a way. It's not officially called the prequel, but I'm considering it to be. 5 stars for being amazing. In The Gunslinger Born, we meet Roland as a boy. Those that have read Gunslinger, have heard about Roland and his duel with his teacher Cort. We learn that he earns his guns 2 years earlier than his father who was the younge YES! What a great story. If you have read the novel and first book of the Dark Tower series, Gunslinger, then you are going to love this graphic novel. This is a prequel in a way. It's not officially called the prequel, but I'm considering it to be. 5 stars for being amazing. In The Gunslinger Born, we meet Roland as a boy. Those that have read Gunslinger, have heard about Roland and his duel with his teacher Cort. We learn that he earns his guns 2 years earlier than his father who was the youngest Gunslinger to ever be. In this graphic novel, Peter David with the help of Stephen King writes what occurs after Roland gets his novice guns. Again if you've read Gunslinger you would have heard of Roland's best friends and fellow gunslingers, Cuthburt and Alain. They get a big part in this graphic novel which is awesome to see. I wondered what happens to them and what they did after Roland got his guns. I've always wanted to know the story about Susan, Roland's only love. He talks about her wistfully in the books, but doesn't go into detail on what happened to her. That is basically the graphic novel. We get to see everything that happens right after Roland becomes a Gunslinger and we get to meet his friends and Susan. Which to me is perfect. I can't wait to pick up more of these graphic novels in the future. There are 14 volumes and 2 omnibus. The stories go to book 2 'The Drawing of the Three'. I'm sure once I've finished all 14 volumes I'm going to wish there were more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I came to the Gunslinger Born, somewhat nervously. I've not read the entire series - or more accurately, I've been stuck on The Wastelands, unable to get further into the Dark Tower. But lately I've gotten into reading graphic novels, and I know King has been interested in them as a medium (Just look at the main character in Cell). That said, some of the reviews here seem quite upset over missing material. I don't know how to respond to that (maybe it was a "flow" problem), since I didn't read t I came to the Gunslinger Born, somewhat nervously. I've not read the entire series - or more accurately, I've been stuck on The Wastelands, unable to get further into the Dark Tower. But lately I've gotten into reading graphic novels, and I know King has been interested in them as a medium (Just look at the main character in Cell). That said, some of the reviews here seem quite upset over missing material. I don't know how to respond to that (maybe it was a "flow" problem), since I didn't read the individual issues. But I was concerned about having a Grindhouse squeeze play on my wallet. However, after reading the Gunslinger Born, I can say that is clearly a first class effort. The art is mind blowing, and finely balanced out with a story that moves along with a poetic economy rarely found in King's novels (and I'm a big fan - but I can tick off a list of King novels where 50 to 100 (or more) pages would not have been missed). This weird Western Fantasy may, in the long run, turn out to be King's greatest creation. (My only nit was that I didn't know what a "thinny"was, but a quick Google search ironed that out.) The book left me wanting to see/read more in the DT graphic novel series, but also left me wanting to go back and finish the original King books. One additional comment. If one reads the forward by Marvel senior editor, Ralph Macchio, and King's endnote, you sense a bit of tension between Macchio's "negotiations" and King's later comment regarding comic writing as being, from his point of view, little different than "script writing" - which I read as King signaling a desire to be more involved on the writing end. With all due respect to King, who has written some of my favorite novels, I hope not. The Marvel crew that is in place is clearly their A Team, a team that totally understands the medium and how it works - along with the attendant dangers of adapting books for sequential art. It's an extreme high wire act that get's high marks for Book No. 1. I look forward toward seeing where they take the story now.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Ok this is a second time around for this book but there is a reason...I have finally been able to get all the various instalments to both series of the Dark Tower. The series was intended to tell the early story of Roland Deschain linking up with the novels. Much of the material is new but does have various vague references from the novels so there is a continuity even if not directly stated (after all the books are from different publishers). So the book - the artwork is clean and vivid in a st Ok this is a second time around for this book but there is a reason...I have finally been able to get all the various instalments to both series of the Dark Tower. The series was intended to tell the early story of Roland Deschain linking up with the novels. Much of the material is new but does have various vague references from the novels so there is a continuity even if not directly stated (after all the books are from different publishers). So the book - the artwork is clean and vivid in a style that I really enjoy. It has the ability to portray the dusty desolation that I would expect from the series considering the location and the "bigger story" that is explained in the novels. For me the Gunslinger series represents many things - (which is no surprise considering the number of influences that Stephen King himself has acknowledged in the making of this grand story) but if the books were a epic tale on a grandiose scale these graphic novels make it far more personal and intimate after all if the books are making a world then these graphic novels are the making of a man. So starts my journey in to the Dark Tower graphic novels.

  23. 5 out of 5

    seak

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, I finally finished the main sequence of Stephen King's Dark Tower series (all 8 books) and found out there's more story told in the graphic novels. What's a guy to do but get him some more dark tower. It looks like what's going on is that the entire Dark Tower series is being put to graphic novel, but in a bit more linear fashion instead of through large flashbacks like the novels. I'll trust people to correct me at any point I'm off. This first volume takes the flashback from The Gunslinger Well, I finally finished the main sequence of Stephen King's Dark Tower series (all 8 books) and found out there's more story told in the graphic novels. What's a guy to do but get him some more dark tower. It looks like what's going on is that the entire Dark Tower series is being put to graphic novel, but in a bit more linear fashion instead of through large flashbacks like the novels. I'll trust people to correct me at any point I'm off. This first volume takes the flashback from The Gunslinger, book 1 of the Dark Tower, and combines it with what follows directly in chronological order from the flashback in Wizard and Glass, book 4. There's not much new to this novel as far as plot. The newness is, naturally, the new format and visually, it's beautiful ... or grotesque depending on the page. I enjoyed it quite a bit and Wizard and Glass remains my favorite in the main series. While the story remains great, there's also so much missing from the book that just isn't captured in the graphic novel. The whole relationship between Roland and Susan is completely surface, whereas I consider the book's representation one of the best love stories I've ever read. The two, just like the book, fall in love almost immediately and pursue their affair. However, in the graphic novel, it's just not deep at all. Plus, the impact at the end is lightened tremendously because of the fact that this is Roland's huge mistake. He doesn't remember the face of his father and learns a huge lesson. That impact is severely undercut. I understand the limitations of the format, but I feel like a bit more could have been done. I also have to say I was a bit underwhelmed by the famous stand off. I was expecting so much more, but a stand off, apparently, is much more exciting in book form when you can get in everyone's head whereas in graphic form, it was just a bunch of guys standing behind each other holding guns. It seems like I didn't like this book since I've focused mainly on the discrepancies and limitations, but I did enjoy this graphic novel. I looked forward to my reading each night and couldn't wait to dive in. I liked the combination of the flashbacks and thought that was handled well. The narrator, while not Stephen King, definitely had that voice that brought me back to mid-world. And the art, like I said above, was stunning. I'm looking forward to reading the rest. Apparently The Long Road Home, volume 2, is completely new material. 3.5 out of 5 stars (recommended)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    My first, of what I expect to be many reads of the Dark Tower series started almost two years ago. Since I have finished it I have wanted to find more ways of enjoying the saga while my to-read shelf continues to grow. This will make me wait a little longer to re-read the Dark Tower series; but then I found my library has every one of these graphic novels and I got excited. Finally a new experience of the Dark Tower that is fresh and new to me. This graphic novel is basically the fourth book in My first, of what I expect to be many reads of the Dark Tower series started almost two years ago. Since I have finished it I have wanted to find more ways of enjoying the saga while my to-read shelf continues to grow. This will make me wait a little longer to re-read the Dark Tower series; but then I found my library has every one of these graphic novels and I got excited. Finally a new experience of the Dark Tower that is fresh and new to me. This graphic novel is basically the fourth book in the series Wizard and Glass. Not many people liked that book because it doesn't deal with the Ka-tet for most of the book. This book lets us look into the life of Roland Deschain. This is that story in a very brief version in comic book form. This is the story of how Roland became a gunslinger and the very first task his father sent him on. The story is one of my favorites but even I wondered why King didn't cut back on the length of Wizard and Glass. This proves that he could have shortened the book and it still would have been an amazing story. My only real complaint with this collection is really not a complaint. It is more of an observation and personal opinion. I am not a big fan of the art work of this collection. The backgrounds, scenery and over all look is great, but the way the faces were drawn were just not my cup of tea. I also think since I have read the Dark Tower series, and have formed my own versions of what these iconic characters looked like, I had a slight issue with the way they were drawn. It was not how I pictured most of them at all. Now I realize this is my personal preference and each person can interpret these characters differently so I will not say that it detracts from the story or quality of the book at all. It was just enough for me to make this a four star review instead of a five star. I highly recommend this to any fan of the Dark Tower saga. It was so nice to revisit old friends and get back on my own path of the beam.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    We had our national comic days in Breda Netherlands and a colleague of mine did get some copies of this book for free so he could pass them at his work so hence my adding this to my reading-list and reading this today. The Dark tower a series I steered clear from, which is odd as I like Stephen King novels, I did not see the movie which is odd as my wife kinda fancies Idris Alba and Matthew McConaughey. Not sure why we did not go. I recently downloaded the whole Dark tower series on my e-reader as We had our national comic days in Breda Netherlands and a colleague of mine did get some copies of this book for free so he could pass them at his work so hence my adding this to my reading-list and reading this today. The Dark tower a series I steered clear from, which is odd as I like Stephen King novels, I did not see the movie which is odd as my wife kinda fancies Idris Alba and Matthew McConaughey. Not sure why we did not go. I recently downloaded the whole Dark tower series on my e-reader as I figured it was about time to start reading this sooner than later. Anyhow back to this comic which is fairly well written and looks glorious in this presentation with the zeven chapter collected in one good looking comic-book with hardcover. It was a fun albeit long read, 240 pages which is rather lengthy IMHO to tell a tale. Anyhow the story is actually well carried by the great art in this comic. As it is the prequel to the series it works well enough and wets appetites for a further look into the comic-book series. So the book does serve its purpose. It gave me an entertaining afternoon. Well worth your time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Furman

    I'm a big fan of The Dark Tower, and I was a mixture of excited and apprehensive when I heard about its comic book adaptation. I thought that they were going to be prequels or something like that, but they turned out to be Wizard and Glass retold (which happens to be my favorite of the series.) After this first issue, my fears were allayed I was sold. They are phenomenal. The illustrations are addictive and entrancing. They're all shadow and dark, and the use of black negative space is incredibl I'm a big fan of The Dark Tower, and I was a mixture of excited and apprehensive when I heard about its comic book adaptation. I thought that they were going to be prequels or something like that, but they turned out to be Wizard and Glass retold (which happens to be my favorite of the series.) After this first issue, my fears were allayed I was sold. They are phenomenal. The illustrations are addictive and entrancing. They're all shadow and dark, and the use of black negative space is incredible. The dialog and narration are pretty good, but not great. Stephen King is lengthy for a reason, and comic books are somewhat short in the textual sense. But to make up for the loss of richness, everything is written in the middle earth dialect, thankee sai. So the mood is maintained and they pull off the almost impossible feat of making you feel like you're reading The Dark Tower all over again, instead of a shoddy knock-off.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine

    Funny thing, I actually enjoyed this more than Wizard and Glass.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lasairfiona Smith

    Just to clear things up, this is NOT the first book in the dark tower series. This is a comic of Roland's early years. The story is told in book four of The Dark Tower series, Wizard and Glass. The comic follows Roland from training and his gaining his majority and guns through his first lesson in love and loss. To those that have read the series, this story is just a compact retelling of most of Wizard and Glass. I collected the individual issues as they came out. There are maybe six pages of ne Just to clear things up, this is NOT the first book in the dark tower series. This is a comic of Roland's early years. The story is told in book four of The Dark Tower series, Wizard and Glass. The comic follows Roland from training and his gaining his majority and guns through his first lesson in love and loss. To those that have read the series, this story is just a compact retelling of most of Wizard and Glass. I collected the individual issues as they came out. There are maybe six pages of new material which I found very disappointing. Very. However, this comic more than redeems itself. The artwork is jaw dropping. I have the individual issues that include pages of the original pencils and I really hope they include them in the collected edition. The pencils are as good if not better than the final product. The coloring is also amazing. There isn't an inker because it would be superfluous. The pages end up looking like they are painted. Absolutely amazing. This series is worth picking up for the artwork alone. The next chapter, The Long Road Home, will be released in serial form starting in Feb '08 (so says the ad in the back of the last issue in this series). If the artwork is even half as good, I'll pick it up. Maybe we will be lucky and there will be some new material in it too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    And I'm back in Mid World. Back with Roland and his ka-tet. Back for the Dark Tower. Oh happy days. After reading this first volume, I know that I'll love this series. Seeing the characters brought to life with such vivid, amazing art is fantastic. The writing, while not done by Stephen King, has his feel. It fits in the world he created. My advice: don't read the comics if you haven't read the books by SK first. There are some major spoilers in this first volume alone, which aren't revealed in And I'm back in Mid World. Back with Roland and his ka-tet. Back for the Dark Tower. Oh happy days. After reading this first volume, I know that I'll love this series. Seeing the characters brought to life with such vivid, amazing art is fantastic. The writing, while not done by Stephen King, has his feel. It fits in the world he created. My advice: don't read the comics if you haven't read the books by SK first. There are some major spoilers in this first volume alone, which aren't revealed in the series until book 4, Wizard and Glass. This volume is very well done as it starts with Roland's quest to become a gunslinger, his first quest, and first ka-tet. I enjoyed this volume as much as I did because it enhanced the book. I'm looking forward to the next few volumes as they touch on Roland's time before the first book of the series, The Gunslinger, and events that he mentions throughout the entire series. I can't wait. I'm so happy to be back. This makes me want to re-read the entire series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    The Dark Tower IV: WIZARD AND GLASS in Marvel graphic novel format, with so many extras… can the graphic novel bring anything more to this superb series? The answer is very much so from the well thought out (in regards to Mid-World attire and scenery) and almost exquisite Jae Lee art through to the Peter David penned dialogue. But the brains behind the greatness of this series lies fully with Robin Furth for her extensive deep research of the original material that she has used to help create an The Dark Tower IV: WIZARD AND GLASS in Marvel graphic novel format, with so many extras… can the graphic novel bring anything more to this superb series? The answer is very much so from the well thought out (in regards to Mid-World attire and scenery) and almost exquisite Jae Lee art through to the Peter David penned dialogue. But the brains behind the greatness of this series lies fully with Robin Furth for her extensive deep research of the original material that she has used to help create and manage this visuals-led interpretation of The Dark Tower universe! 7 out of 12.

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