The Gunslinger Born (Dark Tower Graphic Novel Series #1)

The Gunslinger Born (Dark Tower Graphic Novel Series #1)


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ISBN-13: 9780785121459
Publisher: Marvel
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Series: Dark Tower Graphic Novel Series , #1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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The Gunslinger Born 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The essential storyline is excellent, although those not familiar with the book series may have a hard time following it. The problem with this edition (the bound hardcover), is that the small sidebars giving a history of the "Dark Tower" universe are completely missing. I found these to be a bigger draw than the storyline itself. This is a great story, but collect the individual comics and skip this edition.
TheEerieCoterie More than 1 year ago
I am not a graphic novel reader, but being a Stephen King obsessed fan I did read the first collection of the Dark Tower. Overall the interpretation was pretty good, even thought the dialogue seems stiff at times. The drawings are wonderful and are just how I pictured everything in my head when I read the books. I am reading the next collected installment and am hoping it is just as good.
SteelpenLS More than 1 year ago
First Book in a comic book look of the The Dark Tower in hard/paperback series of seven books. This is mostly centers around the first three books the story behind the story not in the books. Very will put together by the Marvel artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story has very awesome characters, and has a different but cool take on westerns. The artwork is unbelievable! A must own for graphic novel readers.
momJN More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I've been interested in a graphic novel. I love all the DT books and loved this too. I can't wait for the next one!
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the bound version of the first 7 gunslinger comics put out by marvel. I'm not a comic book fan per say, but I did find the artwork incredible. My guess is that many other comics these days have the same level of artistry, but for a newcomer, I was extremely impressed.As for the story line, it's a retelling of Roland's youth, essentially Wizard and the Glass in illustrated comic format. If you like that story then, you'll enjoy this. It lacks the detail and a lot of the back story that makes the gunslinger saga so wonderful, but makes up for some of it with the details in the art. Different for me, but very enjoyable.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the Dark Tower series since the first book came out in the early 1980s, so I was excited to see Roland transformed into a graphic novel character. The artwork, particularly the color palette is stunning. However I was a little disappointed in the narrative portion of the book. Maybe I'm just such as Stephen King fan that I missed his literary touch.
jonwwil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before I picked this up, I was under the impression that it was an expansion of the Dark Tower universe, a story that had not previously been told in any of the books. Had I known that it was merely a translation of Wizard and Glass, I may not have bothered with it......except, yeah, I probably would have. I'm a Tower junkie, same as Roland and all the rest, and I want all the material I can get my hands on. Given that the book being treated is not just my favorite Dark Tower book, but my favorite book period, I doubt I'd have been able to pass it up anyway.All that said, I have pretty mixed feelings about The Gunslinger Born. As for the story...meh. In a format that is necessarily so abbreviated, you really lose a lot of the flavor that made Wizard and Glass such an incredible story. In that regard, it really is nothing more than a pale imitation of the book.The illustration, though, is breathtaking. To see such well-known and well-loved characters and settings come to such vibrant life is nothing short of amazing. I don't know if that's enough to recommend the book on its own, but it was enough to make reading the book worth my time.
pratchettfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the first adventure of Roland Deschain and his friends when they are sent to Hambry to investigate Hambry's support for the Affiliation (i.e. the back story revealed in Stephen King's Wizard And Glass).It collects all seven issues of this first story arch. However, the background explanations present in the single issues and collected in the Gunslinger's Guidebook are missing, otherwise it would be a perfect collection.The comic itself is fantastically drawn and is a wonderful transition from the original text.Fans of the Dark Tower shouldn't miss this book.
rhohnholt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really beautiful artwork. A neat addition for those that have already read the series and couldn't get enough.
blueslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Based on the best-selling series of Dark Tower novels by Stephen King, this comic explores how Roland, the Gunslinger, became what he is. This works as something of a prequel to the King novels, but no prior knowledge of the series is required to enjoy this. On Earth in an alternate universe, humanity has nearly destroyed itself in a cataclysmic war. Many generations later, a feudal society has evolved into something like the old west, and a boy must prove himself a man in order to earn his guns and the right to stalk the evil that is casting its shadow over the lands once again. This is a well written and fast paced adaptation of King's epic story, and the artwork is just amazing in its scope and vision. King fans looking for an alternate view of his longest story arc, or those curious about graphic novels and looking for a mature and thoughtful story are encouraged to check out this splendid volume.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never heard of the Dark Tower before coming to LT, but I have heard a lot about it since. Stephen King's horror is not really up my ally but the more I've heard about Dark Tower the more intrigued I've become. So when I saw a copy of Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, which was supposed to be a graphic novel prequel to the series, sitting there in pristine condition for $10 I thought I'd give it a try.I'm not disappointed in it but I certainly believe reading at least one of the novels ahead of time would have made a bit of a difference. I think the biggest part was there really was no beginning or end to this, just a window into a section of an ongoing story and a lot of explanation was left out. I am however interested enough that I plan on getting at least the first book in the series, hoping to get some questions answered. Overall a gritty telling tale of people doing what needs to be done.The story happens in a post-apocalyptic world where most people live in an American 'Wild West' kind of society. The gunslingers seem to be some sort of force of good with the 'Alliance' primarily fighting against the forces of evil whose primary face is John Farson. We meet our protagonist as he is nearing the end of his training to become a gunslinger. After passing his test, he is sent on a mission with 2 of his trusted friends to scout out a town and see if Farson's forces have been active and what if anything could be done to disrupt his plans.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the actual series, but the graphic novel pulled me in and left me wanting more of the series. Looks like I'll probably have to read the actual books one day.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems from the other reviews that the biggest complaint with this book is that it basically tells the same story as the novel by Stephen King (which I think was sort of the point!). I haven¿t read the Dark Tower series, so that wasn¿t a problem with me. The story seemed a little cheesy to me at times. Don¿t get me wrong, it is suspenseful and I¿m hooked enough to want to read the next in the series. I think it¿s the overblown language that makes it a little ridiculous at times. The illustrations are absolutely AMAZING. They¿re gritty and gruesome at times but always well done. Characters look realistic, even almost three-dimensional. The colors are beautiful, with bright and vibrant hues of pinks, purples, and oranges used in shocking contrast to dark browns and grays. This contrast helps the characters look even more three-dimensional, almost popping from the page.
coffeeandtea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of the bizarre western world genre in which this graphic novel is set. However, the art work and the (high-level) character dialogue and Good vs. Bad theme, offers readers many characteristics to appreciate about this novel.This book has mature content and should be approved by parents before letting their children read it.
questbird on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a huge fan of Stephen King's writing, I really enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation and I found it an easier way to access this work. It has full-colour gorgeous, brooding artwork by Richard Isanove (who also illustrated one of my favourite graphic novels, 'Marvel 1602'). The weird atmosphere of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic Western dark fantasy is well realised by the twisted, amorphous landscapes and rock formations (not to mention characters) throughout the book.Some of the narration is a bit overdone and there were points in the story where I had to check if I had missed a page (in one case I had!) because things jump around a bit disjointedly at times. However it is far from the most wordy graphic novel I've seen and I heartily enjoyed it. There is sex and violence, though a little coy about the former (perhaps it is the Marvel Way). Overall, an excellent introduction to the Dark Tower world and I am intrigued to learn more.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I been hearing so much about this series. And the author. I only seen the movies based on some of the books. As for this one? Well, I been reading a lot of graphic novels lately. So this one sounded good. And it was interesting. Especially the tone and art style was really good.
NVW09 More than 1 year ago
You send me an email and ask to give you feedback about my purchase. But i still have not received my order. Can you tell me where is my purchase now? Ship dat¿ was 17 November and delivery time is 7-21 business days. Order:831477543.
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Never read the books but the art is good which flows extremely well with the story. This whole Lord of the Rings/ Man with No Name/ Fantasy Cowboy story makes for an interesting and compelling story arch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the books although i always pictured roland as clint eastwood i pray that these books dont make a movie there is to much in the books that are amaing that a movie couldnt do justice too. These graphic novels are good, the actual books amazing
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