Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Hardcover Review

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
Marvel Comics
240 pages
ISBN 9780785121442

Contributors: Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove, foreword by Ralph Macchio, and afterword by Stephen King

Reprints: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7 (of 7)

Synopsis: Roland is the youngest to ever pass the test and become a gunslinger in Gilead on Mid-World, a land that is moving on and the last refuge of civilization.  The lands are in danger of falling to "the Good Man", an evil man named John Farson.  Roland and two companions are sent to Hambry in order to gauge the allegiance of the town.

They discover the town leaders have switched sides and the trio are targets of the Big Coffin Hunters, assassins working for Farson.  Roland falls in love with Susan Delgado, a girl promised as a concubine to the mayor of Hambry whose wife cannot bear child.  The ka-tet must play out their tragic destinies in this first chapter of The Dark Tower prequel. 

Pros: Great story, amazing art by Lee, wonderful colors by Isanove, tons of extras including sketchbook, variant covers, pinups, and more

Cons: Lee's art can be a little stiff at times, a lot of splash pages and unrendered backgrounds (filled with pretty colors)

Mike Tells It Straight: This first The Dark Tower graphic novel presents a retelling of the events in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass concerning Roland's coming of age and the fall of his homeland, Gilead.  The art is somber with beautifully rich colors and lending itself perfectly to the story.  A wonderful fantasy masterpiece running to a tragic conclusion.  Highly recommended, thankee-sai.

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