The Dark Tower

The Gunslinger Born

David, Peter

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Dark Tower
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. Collects Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7.

Publisher: New York : Marvel, 2007
ISBN: 9780785121442
Branch Call Number: GN DAVID
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,ill. ;,26 cm
Alternate Title: Gunslinger born


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Over ten volumes present flashback stories only hinted at in Stephen King's novels, starting with this first entry into the epic journey of Roland Deschain. Enjoy the ride.

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Jun 27, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think I appreciate this version, truncated though it may be, of "Wizard and Glass." I love that already this series doesn't choose to just pick up right up after Wizard and Glass left off. What happens in Mejis is essential to Roland in the novels and will certain affect him in the issues to come.

The story is boiled down to its key elements, which is a nice change from the novel, and it hits you hard and fast. The art is fantastic, the narrator's voice is great, and it is all very visceral. I cannot wait to see what happens on the way back to Gilead.

Aug 07, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I cannot imagine experiencing The Gunslinger Born for the first time without being well-versed in Stephen King's Dark Tower universe, or specifically having completed the seven-volume series. This one is for the fans, and starting your journey on the road to the Dark Tower with this book may result in bewildered head-scratching. This first volume of the Dark Tower graphic novels is an expedited retelling of the back stories from The Gunslinger (book #1) and Wizard and Glass (book #4).

The literary landscape of King's Mid-World creation is a mess of contradictory imagery and events, which eventually evolved into part of the series' hypnotic charm. The collaboration of Peter David's writing, Robin Furth's story adaptation, Jae Lee's drawings and Richard Isanove's colors brings King's magnum opus to life in a way that is nothing less than a gift. Say thankee.

Jun 04, 2012
  • foundonmars rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the end the hero discovers that Darth Vader is his father.. oh.. wait.. That's a different story. Yet there is a lot in common. The hero is an anti-hero who listens to no one, slaps his mother, is betrayed by love and loses in the end. The graphics, however, are stunning and create a permanent echo of this alternate universe.

Aug 01, 2011
  • lasertravis rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an exceptional title in every way. Fantastic artwork, story and dialogue. The action is top notch. I will be reading all of the installments in this series, but I have faith they will all be of the highest quality. Stephen King should be very proud of this adaption.


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Jun 04, 2012
  • foundonmars rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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