Review: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born

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I love a good graphic novel, and this one is packaged beautifully. It’s hardcover, it has a ton of extra content, but mostly it’s got a great story, stylishly presented. The art is by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove. The script is by Peter David and Robin Furth. And of course the characters and the original story are by Stephen King. My last post was slight rant about genres and how I enjoy seeing them mixed. King’s Dark Tower series is a post apocalyptic alternate dimension where a mixture of horror, fantasy and western elements form the foundation of a unique epic.

For the comic run, David and Furth reorder the storyline, starting at the earliest flashbacks from the novels. I never finished the series, and it’s been quite a while since I read the first 3 books. It feels like they captured both King’s voice and they definitely captured the dark mix of genres. Just as the genres are a veritable gumbo the plot melds a coming of age tale with an espionage mission that becomes a romance that’s interrupted by an evil plot to revive ancient war machines.

There’s a definite morality to the stories that weave through this graphic novel, but both visually and morally it’s painted in varying shades of dark. The deep colors bring to life both the characters and the violence. I lucked into a discounted copy of this at Barnes and Noble, but it’s totally worth cover price. There’s plenty more story to cover and I look forward to experiencing it in the future.

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~ by mentatjack on July 24, 2009.

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