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The Dark Tower, Volume 2: The Long Road Home (Stephen King's The Dark Tower - Graphic Novel series #2)

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It's the return of the best-selling comic book series, inspired by Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower! Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado. And the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are now in pursuit of Roland and his ka-tet Cuthbert and Alain. The friends are forced to flee into the desert with the deadly posse in hot pur...more
First Printing Set of 5 Comics, 240 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Overlook Connection Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Trudi
So this is the second collection in Marvel's graphic novel adaptation of King's Dark Tower series. While I LOVE reading about Roland again, and the art work is gorgeous, I'm deeply conflicted as well. There's something here that isn't quite working for me, that seems off. I think the problem is that I'm comparing it to the source material too much, when I should be enjoying the work as its own unique experience (like a film adaptation).

It's also very much focused on young Roland. And I guess th...more
TK421
This is the second graphic novel to feature young Roland and his ka-tet, which I found to be not as good as the first one, THE GUNSLINGER BORN.

Allow me to elucidate. The story starts off strong, Roland peers into Maerlyn's Grapefruit, sees something he disagrees with and then shoots the pink orb. Bad move on Roland's part. The orb transmogrifies and becomes an eye with tentacles, sucking Roland's soul into its surreal End-World pit. Okay, this is all wicked. I hardly even took the time to really...more
David Sven
This continues directly on from the graphic novel The Dark Tower Volume 1 The Gunslinger Born. Roland and his Katet are pursued by the Big Coffin Hunters and their posse after destroying the oil fields that Farson wanted for his war.

In the main series, Wizard and Glass, Roland looks into the pink looking glass and is changed, but we don't really know exactly what he sees. Well, this fills that gap. We also get more of Sheemie's story and the role he plays while Roland's mind is imprisoned in the...more
Wendell Adams
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

I was killing some time at a Barnes & Nobles bookstore the other day and picked this graphic novel up. I’m a sucker for anything dealing with Roland the Gunslinger, especially back story regarding his younger years, so I figured this was a “can’t miss” for me. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

The story itself begins right after the death of Susan Delgado, as told so hauntingly by Roland the Gunslinger in “Wizard and Glass,” Dark Tower IV. Here, an emotiona...more
Evan Leach
The first entry in this series took Stephen King’s Wizard and Glass and converted it to the graphic novel format. That was a huge success, and The Long Road Home takes the next step by carrying the Dark Tower story into unknown territory. Writer Robin Furth fills in the white space following Roland’s adventures in Mejis, inventing a new story about Roland and his Ka-Tet as they fight their way back home to Gilead. The gunslingers deal with external dangers, while Roland battles the internal demo...more
Nicolo Yu
The thing with licensed comics was that most comic publishers tend to give it to their not quite A-List creators because they didn't want to pay premium money on talent especially if they've shelled out for the license. It wasn't the case here. Marvel put one of its best writers in Peter David and a magnificent art team in Jae Lee and Richard Isanove for the first two volumes of its The Dark Tower prequels.

I just finished the second volume and it made want to dig out my issues of the first arc s...more
Nicholas Karpuk
This is the graphic novel I've been waiting for in regards to the Dark Tower series. It's the first book to delve into the events that happen between "Wizards and Glass" and "The Gunslinger" chronologically speaking.

The good news is that the dialogue is worlds improved in this installment. What amazed me about the first graphic novel was how ham-fisted King's folksy Mid-World dialogue sounded when it was left by itself in little bubbles. Now that Peter David is writing without the training wheel...more
Becky
I love the Dark Tower series - let me just say that up front. If you haven't read it, you should. When I haven't read it in a while, I miss the characters, I miss the journey, I miss Mid-world. It's King's magnum opus for a reason, and I cherish every word.

I was a bit disappointed with The Gunslinger Born, the first of the series of Dark Tower graphic novels, simply because I was looking for something to add to what we already knew of Roland's journey, and the first graphic novel didn't do that...more
StoryTellerShannon
NOTE: the first part of this review is about the series, in general, and the last part covers this particular volume.

FROM MY REVIEW OF THE FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL

I never got into the novel series but after reading this particular graphic novel I just might give it another try. This volume focuses on the Gunslinger before he became a legend in this post apocalyptic Spaghetti Western Fantasy tale. It covers the legends of his home realm life, how he earned his guns at an early age and his first missi...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. A good but not great second installment of the Dark Tower graphic novel series that began with The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, which I thought was superb. I was hoping for better in this installment as Peter David, who I like as a writer, finally got a chance to write new material into the Dark Tower story. While interesting, the story lacked the emotional resonance of the first installment. Overall, it was pretty good, just not quite good enough for me to rate higher.
Chris
I am a huge fan of the Dark Tower series and when I came across the graphic novels I had to see what they were all about. I wanted to jump back on the path of the beam and revisit old friends. Well, I got my wish.

This book picks up right after the events of The Dark Tower, Volume 1: The Gunslinger Born, and we see what happens to Roland, Alain, and Cuthbert as they travel home. For those who have read the Dark Tower series we know some of the events that happen to Roland as he heads home, but t...more
Dawn
It's hard for me to review graphic novels, but I'm committed to having a review for everything I read, so I'm at least going to try...

This was a nice and enjoyable entry into the series. Where as the first in the series stuck to the plot we already know from Wizards and Glass, this ventures into the unknown and covers the events we didn't hear about that follow that story. I guess it's more like 3.5 stars rather than 4 four for me. I liked it a lot, and will continue in the series.. But it wasn...more
Erick
Nov 02, 2008 Erick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Stephen King and the Dark Tower
Shelves: fiction
For Dark Tower fans this book begins to chronicle the missing time in between Susan Delgado's death and Roland's first appearance in The Gunslinger. The editors admit that this story is completely original and much of the plot and dialogue was at best a "best guess" based on King's works, but King himself gave the gold stamp of approval. And the writers did an extremely good job of putting words into the character's mouths - I really think that's what King would have wrote for his characters. Th...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1-5. Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain flee Hambry after the murder of Susan and Roland is sucked into the Pink Grapefruit to face the Crimson King. This is the follow-up to The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born. Unlike the first story, this book seems like filler. The confrontation with the Crimson King and the transformation of Sheemie seem to be the biggest things that occur but it took 5 issues to get there. The art however is great and the series does have a uni...more
Stanley
Coming off of the retelling in comic form of Wizard and Glass, I wasn't sure what to expect here.

It jumps right into the fray, showing what immediately happened following the events of Wizard and Glass, which while being the middle book, actually takes place prior to the events of book 1: The Gunslinger.

Here, we see the journey the three young men took to get back to Gilead, the peril and pitfalls, and also what they came back to.

This story was worth the price of admission itself, however, you a...more
Tina
We get to see more of Rolands old ka-tet, it's really the story about Roland growing up that we didn't get in the books. It's exciting and I'm going to read the rest.
Lawrence Wu
Another illustrated glimpse into Roland's past. However, the comic's story seems a little divergent from what was described in the novels in a way that takes away from the greater impact of Maerlyn's Fruit on Roland's quest for the Dark Tower. While the comics go into more detail about the Crimson King, the details are one-dimensional are paint a villain with a singular and somewhat cliché cause that I wouldn't expect from a Stephen King novel. Granted, King probably gave his approval for every...more
Reem Kievit
I think I would have loved it like the 1st one if King had written it.
Curtis
Jul 28, 2009 Curtis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kingophiles
Shelves: comics, fantasy, sci-fi
Where The Gunslinger Born follows Roland's gunslinger apprenticeship pretty faithfully to King's original telling, The Long Road Home traverses a previously uncharted portion of the gunslinger's tale. Namely, it tells of the journey--nay, flight--of Roland and his friends from Hambry back to Gilead.

I like the story for two main reasons (other than simply being a new story). Foremost, I like it because ultimately it is more a story about the other members of Roland's ka-tet - Cuthbert and Alain...more
Mira Sun
Harte Fakten:
Der dunkle Turm: Der lange Heimweg – Robin Furth
ISBN: 978-3-453-26579-0
Verlag: Heyne Taschenbücher
Seiten: 208
Veröffentlicht: April 2009

Klappentext:
Im Bann des Scharlachroten Königs…
Der junge Revolvermann Roland war Zeuge, wie seine große Liebe Susan auf dem Scheiterhaufen verbrennen musste. Nun ist sein Geist in einer der gläsernen Kugeln des Zauberers Maerlyn gefangen. Kann er seinem Verderben entrinnen?

Über den Autor:
Robin Furth, geboren in Philadelphia, promovierte an der Univers...more
Nikii
I ended up finding this book at a library that I visited & had got it out for my brother since he being our mums son, would like Stephen King & it being a comic form of it, just worked. Being him, he never finished it, but I did. I'll tell the truth & say I'm not my mums daughter & I have never read a single Stephen King book through. However, this book I believe is based off of Dark Tower that is written by Stephen King, so I guess I still haven't read an actual Stephen King boo...more
Robert Beveridge
Peter David, The Dark Tower vol. 2: The Long Road Home (Marvel, 2008)

While I half-expected it would happen, I was still jolted when Peter David and his crew struck out on their own in the graphic novel adaptation of The Dark Tower. David assures us in the afterword that every last piece of plot and dialogue that wasn't in the original books passes before Stephen King's eyes, but let's face it, he greenlighted the film adaptation of Sleepwalkers. (And I say this as a diehard fan of both Madchen A...more
Robin Solsjö Höglund
Being a hardcore Stephen King and Dark Tower-fan, I've decided to review all ten of these incredible hardcovers. Following the first part, The Gunslinger Born, we come to The Long Road Home.

Roland's ka-tet is leaving Hambry after (view spoiler) They have to undertake a perilous journey to make it home to...more
Paul Nelson
The Long Road Home continues the story of Roland's youth immediately where The Gunslinger Born finished, after the murder of Roland's first and only true love Susan Delgado the three friends Cuthbert, Alain and Roland must make the dangerous journey back to Gilead while being pursued by the remnants of the Big Coffin Hunters.
Roland looks into the mysterious orb known as Maerlyn's Grapefruit and his soul is wrenched away leaving him unconscious and unable to contribute as they flee home.
The sto...more
Madeleine
It's been so long that I've spent time with Roland and his first ka-tet that I started reading "Treachery" without realizing that I never journeyed through the rough terrain of the series's preceding installment. I'm so glad (I mean, as glad as one can be, given the difficult path Roland, Alain, Cuthbert and even poor Sheemie face) that I went back to get lost in this part of the story.

I have such a hard time saying goodbye to Roland and his second ka-tet whenever I take on the daunting (but mor...more
Jordan
This book continues on from the previous Marvel miniseries The Gunslinger Born, picking up where that work left off. Whereas the previous work was taken entirely from flashbacks in Stephen King's Dark Tower novels, The Long Road Home forges new territory to continue the story independent of what King has written (although he serves as a close supervisor and creative consultant.) On the whole, this works. In addition, any review of this series would be incomplete if it failed to mention the artwo...more
Pavel
The only reason I didn't give it 1/5 are massive panels often filling all the spread. The painting and the palette made me stop and just enjoy the art skipping Peter David's meaningless writing with no regret (seriously, there was no nead for text in this comic book - everything is readable through pictures).

Although when it comes to small panels I barely could see faces and expressions. The artist also doesn't bother with backgrounds but I guess it's kind of his "mark".

The story takes place wi...more
Nicholas
Enjoyable because it is set in the world of the Dark Tower (plus the art is phenomenal), but not Stephen King. These comics are a sort of filler of the events narrated in Wizard and Glass and the first Dark Tower book. While Gunslinger Born simply retold the events of Wizard for people new to the series, this volume breaks new ground and picks up immediately afterward, narrating events that we only get glimpses of in Wolves of the Calla when Roland relates the rest of his story describing his fo...more
Michelle
Grapefruit & King

Brilliantly told story of how Roland and his Ka-tet (Cuthbert & Alain) journey home from Hambry. I strongly recommend that you have read the entire Dark Tower series before you read this Graphic Novel. There are many things that happen, which will make more sense if you already know the whole story, or may possibly spoil the story if you don't yet know it. If you have no intentions of reading the series, do not be disheartened. This Graphic Novel will entertain. The stu...more
Kate
I wasn't as blown away by the artwork in this volume as I was by the first, but it was still a good story. I don't really remember any of this happening in the books at all (or if I do it's very vague). Because the graphic novels are in chronological order as opposed to the order of the original novels, I was a little perplexed in the middle of this volume when the young Roland meets himself as the grown Gunslinger and the billy-bumbler Oy. I knew these characters from the books, but someone who...more
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