Monday, November 22, 2010

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

The Dark Tower series is easily my favorite series of novels, with Dragonlance a close second. Stephen King, mostly known for horror, created this epic sci-fi/western/fantasy that has spanned decades. It really has a little bit of everything in it. I would pretty much recommend the Dark Tower to anyone that likes horror or sci-fi or westerns or action or even drama.

If you haven't read the series, it is about a gunslinger(sort of that world's version of cowboy knight) who is searching for the lynchpin of all reality. He crosses through many worlds, ours included, and the books reference everything from the Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter. The first book, The Gunslinger is good. The second book, Drawing of the Three is fair. But from the third book on it gets amazing. One of the main villains is Randall Flagg, who you might know from The Stand.

The Gunslinger Born is a graphic novel, the first of several, put out by Marvel and based on the Dark Tower universe. In a way, this first graphic novel is sort of pointless. It is just an abridged retelling of the forth novel, Wizard and Glass. It is after this graphic novel that the comics, overseen by King, go into new territory and tell stories just hinted at in the actual novels. So if you have read the books, this graphic novel is really only useful for the amazing artwork by Jae Lee. It is not until the next graphic novel, The Long Road Home, that the story is new. So for people like me, it might be best to start there.
That being said, even for a rehashing, these comics are very well done and bring a dark, stylized look to the world of Roland. It is nice to see characters only mentioned in full color like John Farson and the Crimson King.
 If you are totally new to the series, this is a GOOD starting point.

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