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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
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Char
The second volume of The Dark Tower graphic novel series is as visually stunning as the first, but I felt the story quality was slightly below that of the first volume.

Our boy Sheemie, after his transformation:



It's a real treat to see the artist's renderings of these characters, but it's even better to see the settings and the Crimson King. There is so much detail in the art, that I could gaze at these images for hours and never get bored.

Sheemie is a badass now:

Based on the two volumes I've re
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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
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Amar
Jul 04, 2015 Amar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Eh , ovdje već susrećemo nepoznatu priču iz DT serijala,priča nakon Mejisa i nešto što je promjenilo Rolanda zauvijek.

Fini mračni crteži , priča je sasvim uredu i mnooogo prelijepih citata.
TK421
Mar 15, 2011 TK421 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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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
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Bookwraiths
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
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Becky
Oct 18, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark Tower fans
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
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Evan Leach
Oct 10, 2013 Evan Leach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2000-2009, marvel
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
Maria
Feb 26, 2017 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second volume of the Dark Tower graphic novel series focused on Roland, Alain, and Bert does not disappoint. This story picks up where we left off in the first novel.

What really made this one so amazing to me is that Roland (view spoiler)

The art is still fantastic and adds to my own imagination of certain charac
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Kandice
Sep 07, 2009 Kandice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2015- There is no denying the loveliness of the art work here, even the Criy, oh why did Lee decide to draw Susan as a 70's disco rollergirl? That small complaint aside, I feel these GNs really explain the orbs in a more elaborate way because of the visuals than the novels did.

2008-I'm not sure that the characters are depicted quite the way I pictured them in my mind, but they are very good renditions. Good enough not to detract from the story. I was a little put off by the speech patterns in t
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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
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Nicholas Karpuk
Dec 15, 2008 Nicholas Karpuk rated it liked it
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
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Andrew
Apr 04, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so the sage continues - I will admit that the story kicks off right after the conclusion (and shocking that it was) first volume. Now I know that sounds obvious but I am still finding my feet with graphic novels especially ones which not only have a strong story arc but in fact rely on it.
The events portrayed in the book take part over a relatively short period of time - which suggests that unless this is a one off there will be plenty of action and plenty of material. The artwork as ever i
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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.
Nicolo Yu
Apr 28, 2014 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
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
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Jasper
Originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2015...

Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado, and now the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are 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 pursuit - and Roland is in a coma!

The Long Road Home is the second comic book adapation in the graphic novels series and tell a never before told story. That of what hap
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Chris
Sep 19, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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C.W.
Jan 05, 2015 C.W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I was worried initially that these graphic novels would just be a condensed version of what happened in the books, but with pictures. Definitely not the case - this one showcased a story in Roland's past, immediately following the flashback events of Wizard and Glass, that was only ever hinted at in the books. Now we get to see it as it actually happened - I love it. It's new territory. Though I generally know the outcome, the story itself is fresh and exciting. After reading Wizard and Glas ...more
Dawn
Jan 26, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stefan Yates
I just reviewed The Dark Tower, Volume 1: The Gunslinger Born and Volume 2 is more of the same. This may seem to be a rehash of much of Wizard and Glass to most Constant Readers, but there is a lot of the underlying story here that we didn't get in the original novel. All good stuff and highly recommended.
Alondra
Jan 04, 2015 Alondra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
5 Stars

Its a graphic novel of the Dark Tower series... enough said.
Karissa
May 19, 2015 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the Dark Tower graphic novel series. There are a total of eleven books in this series. I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first book, but still really enjoyed the illustration throughout.

Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain are fleeing the Big Coffin Hunters in an effort to get home in one piece. However when Roland’s mind gets taken over by the big grapefruit-like globe that they stole from the Coffin Hunters he goes on a strange metaphysical journey of sorts. Meanwhile
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Paul Nelson
May 21, 2013 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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Carmen
Nov 19, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this fascinating. The dark tower novels are very much a commentary on the archetype of the heros quest and reveal a lot of, in Jungian terms, the shadow side. In the novels Rolands katet mates are sometimes repulsed by the almost inhuman and cold hearted drive with which he pursues the tower. Human casualties, friends and gunslingers, family and bystanders, are all expendable so long as he not be diverted from his goal. He does loosen up a bit in the course of the novels and establish hu ...more
Erick
Nov 02, 2008 Erick rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jon
Feb 15, 2015 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a disappointment.

Following directly on from the first book (which was itself a retelling of a story-within-the-story from Wizard and Glass, the fourth novel in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series) this volume attempts to continue beyond the boundaries set by King's original tale, and in doing so addresses a couple of questions that were never explained in the novels in any particular detail: What exactly happened to Roland that affected his humanity? How and why did Sheemie come
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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
mike andrews
Aug 17, 2016 mike andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-dark-tower
I love this addition to the Dark Tower world. tThe graphic novels are shedding alot of light on events that weren't elaborated on much in the books. You get to see Rolands adventure in Maerlyns Grapefruit and also exactly what the Crimson King is. Sheemie plays a huge part in this one and you can't go wrong with that.
Tina
Oct 08, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
David Dalton
If you enjoyed King's Dark Tower book series, you need to give these Dark Tower graphic novels a try. I love them. Especially the stories about the early days. Well written and drawn.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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