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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (Stephen King's The Dark Tower - Graphic Novel series #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  44,263 ratings  ·  672 reviews
In what could be the graphic novel event of the season, Marvel Comics is releasing a 240-page hardcover version of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Created under the direction of King himself, this graphic novel not only traces the story arc of the seven-part original, but also supplements the epic's evocative mythology. Stephen King's Dark Tower features artwork by Eisne ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
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Kat Stark

What a great story...a great lead up that I was hoping for before jumping into the Dark Tower series completely

I saw this graphic novel at the library and two things went through my mind:
a) It's fucking Stephen King
b) It's considered his Magnum Opus series

I've had the novels on my TBR for a while and I was only skeptical about starting because it's a long ass series and I was afraid that maybe I wouldn't like it. I know, crazy right? How can I not like anything he writes? But, hey, it's not his
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 mission which led to him meeting his first love.

The tone is dark, gritty and at times brutal and women don't have many options unless they hold a great deal of pow
Well, I was warned that there were changes to the story...

I read this as individual issues. Several reviews stated that Marvel, in their infinite wisdom, left a significant portion of the seven issues out of the compilation, dropping Robin Furth's history of Gilead and Arthur Eld completely. Without these, the story as presented makes even less sense. I'll explain that statement shortly.

This is part of the story from Wizard and Glass in which (view spoiler)
I have been told that if you HAVE NOT READ book four of the Dark Tower Series, WIZARD AND GLASS, The Dark Tower graphic novels provide some spoilers.


I have not read WIZARD AND GLASS, so I don’t know if I am writing any spoilers in this review. (Let me know if I am!!)

THE GUNSLINGER BORN is a graphic novel that packs just as much punch as King’s first book in the Dark Tower Series THE GUNSLINGER. But instead of an older Roland, we are introdu
I enjoyed the Dark Tower series, so I looked forward to getting back to some places and characters I missed through the graphic novels. I might read the next one, to give them a second chance, but I'm not chomping at the bit, that's for sure.

The writing in The Gunslinger Born is dull--an overdone mimic of the language King uses in the original series. Still, although King's writing is enjoyable, he's no great word-master (great story-teller, yes). So I wasn't expecting miracles in the writing d
David Sven
Great graphic novel that goes into the Roland origins story as related in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass.

The art was great. Fans of Dark Tower will love it. I'm not sure how it does as an entry into the main series of books though. The books also give more detail than is in the comic, but what this has that the books don't is extra information interspersed about the histories of Gilead and Arthur Eld and the mythology of "In World." This is actually NEW information that the books only hint
7/2015 - I bumped it up a star because I very recently re-read The Gunslinger and this satisfied a craving. I so in love with Lee's illustrations! I'm still not a fan of the familiarity of the narrator with the reader, but the story is solid.

I love the way the GN explains things like Ka and Ka-tet as soon as the words are used. King lets the reader figure their meanings out, but with the GN there is a very finite number of words and a lot of information to pass along, so explaining is a good cho
5.0 stars. WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING ADAPTATION!!! First off, I must say that this book is not recommended for those who have not read the Dark Tower series (especially Wizard and Glass on which this graphic novel is based). However, for those that have read and enjoyed Wizard and Glass, this graphic novel is a real treat. The artwork is superb, the tone is spot on, and the writers do an amazing job of translating a 500 page story into 150 page graphic novel without losing the scope of the book in th ...more
I came to the Gunslinger Born, somewhat nervously. I've not read the entire series - or more accurately, I've been stuck on The Wastelands, unable to get further into the Dark Tower. But lately I've gotten into reading graphic novels, and I know King has been interested in them as a medium (Just look at the main character in Cell). That said, some of the reviews here seem quite upset over missing material. I don't know how to respond to that (maybe it was a "flow" problem), since I didn't read t ...more
My first, of what I expect to be many reads of the Dark Tower series started almost two years ago. Since I have finished it I have wanted to find more ways of enjoying the saga while my to-read shelf continues to grow. This will make me wait a little longer to re-read the Dark Tower series; but then I found my library has every one of these graphic novels and I got excited. Finally a new experience of the Dark Tower that is fresh and new to me.

This graphic novel is basically the fourth book in
Katherine Furman
I'm a big fan of The Dark Tower, and I was a mixture of excited and apprehensive when I heard about its comic book adaptation. I thought that they were going to be prequels or something like that, but they turned out to be Wizard and Glass retold (which happens to be my favorite of the series.)

After this first issue, my fears were allayed I was sold. They are phenomenal. The illustrations are addictive and entrancing. They're all shadow and dark, and the use of black negative space is incredibl
Lasairfiona Smith
Aug 21, 2007 Lasairfiona Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comic books fans who love _amazing_ artwork
Just to clear things up, this is NOT the first book in the dark tower series. This is a comic of Roland's early years. The story is told in book four of The Dark Tower series, Wizard and Glass. The comic follows Roland from training and his gaining his majority and guns through his first lesson in love and loss. To those that have read the series, this story is just a compact retelling of most of Wizard and Glass. I collected the individual issues as they came out.

There are maybe six pages of ne
Ok this is a second time around for this book but there is a reason...I have finally been able to get all the various instalments to both series of the Dark Tower.

The series was intended to tell the early story of Roland Deschain linking up with the novels. Much of the material is new but does have various vague references from the novels so there is a continuity even if not directly stated (after all the books are from different publishers).

So the book - the artwork is clean and vivid in a st
This was better than I expected even after being pleasantly surprised by others reviews.

Yes it does retrace stories from The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass, which are a little fresh in the mind for me. However I love those stories so much I didn't resent repeating them!

The best bits of these volume for me were the extra bits exploring the history of Mid-world Mearlyn and Arthur Eld.

The history of ritual sacrifice making The death of Susan Delgado even more compelling as well as heart breaking!!
If you haven't yet read the Dark Tower series (or finished the series) and plan to, don't read this book! The writers and artists have crammed an impressive number of spoilers into this brief volume, and have also bulldozed levels of nuance which make the Dark Tower series such a good read.

Some elements of the artwork are inspired and atmospheric, which I appreciate, but the artists still work for Marvel, so the male characters look like they're on steroids and have had chin implants and the one
Mitchel Broussard
What works in written form fails miserably here. There's no mystery, no subtly to the writing and storytelling, it's all heavy-handed metaphors and awkwardly handled dialogue that spends more time talking directly to the reader than it does having actual characters say anything meaningful. The lack of King's writing is a constant and sad presence. I'm the biggest Dark Tower fan you can find, so maybe that's why I was so hard on this, but I have the $100 leather-bound omnibus of the first five Vo ...more
Evan Leach
I am a pretty big fan of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and having read all eight novels I thought I’d give the comic book adaptation a try. The comics, which were overseen by King, are set further back in time than the novels (most of them, anyway), when Roland was a young man. The Gunslinger Born, the first volume in the series, is actually a retelling of the Mejis story from Wizard and Glass: Roland and two friends are sent to a remote town on what seems like a routine mission, but things ...more
Bryce Wilson
Simultaneous fulfilling and disappointing. One of those maddeningly annoying things that gets the notes but not the music. The fact is King's Dark Tower patois sounds completely stupid coming from anyone other then King. The first chapters reads like bad fan fiction, and though it eventually lays off the Thankee Sais, the title still retains approximately 1/1000th the emotional power of The Wizard and Glass. I can't imagine giving a shit unless you have already read the novel's.

That said the ar
Interesting approach to the Dark Tower series, telling the story chronologically. The artwork is great and I loved the little side stories with the history of mid-world, other characters and more back story you didn't hear about in the book. Spares me also the time to reread this great fantasy epic, which I think needs multiple readings to understand completely.
Funny thing, I actually enjoyed this more than Wizard and Glass.
This was mostly a kinda quickly paced wrap-up of the fourth book in the series, Wizard and Glass, which takes place almost entirely in Roland's past. None of the story for this one was new to me, but it was interesting to see it all play out visually - the art is just amazing. Really suits the story well. I was initially unsure of how to rate this, but I've actually read the next one already and that really helped me to decide what to rate both that one and this one.
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The Gunslinger Born by Stephen King, Robin Furth, Peter David and Richard Isanove, The Dark Tower Graphic Novel #1

'The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.' With those words, millions of readers were introduced to Stephen King's Roland - an implacable gunslinger in search of the enigmatic Dark Tower. Now, in a comic book Roland's past is revealed!

Some of you might know of my big passion when it comes to St
Graphic novels are not my thing. But The Dark Tower comic books? They're gorgeous and I'm in!

I LOVED Jae Lee's art! I can't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed the illustrations. There was a funny part though: in the bonus materials there was a transcript from Comic Con 2007 where Jae Lee said he was very bad at drawing a face similar to someone's. You can see it all the way in the book where characters change from page to page. But it's not a bad thing, it's really cool.

Honestly, I loved
Nagging my thoughts while reading this was whether or not it would work for an audience new to the Dark Tower universe and whether all the people I had recommended it to would "get it" with the same gusto I did. Sure, it introduces Roland, his ka-tet and their unique world fairly effectively. But some of the complex concepts like "ka," "thinnies" or "todash space" never felt adequately explained to anyone who hadn't already finished King's novels. Woe to that reader, I guess. For the rest of us, ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

This is a graphic novel I recently found on the "new" shelf of my neighborhood's public library, which I guess collects up the first seven issues of a massive new agreement between horror writer Stephen King and comics company Marvel, I guess to let them redo King's entire seven-volume "The Dark Towe
Nelly Aghabekyan
To be fair, this was my first comic book, like, ever (Fringe comics don't count, I've never been a consistent reader of those), so my excitement might be a bit exaggerated. However, being a big fan of Stephen King's works and The Dark Tower epic in particular, I found The Gunslinger Born most interesting graphic read. The characters, though sometimes looking not at all as I've imagined them, were yet very true to their nature as seen in books, and it's probably not an easy thing to achieve in su ...more
I will be honest, Graphic Novels and Comics aren't usually something I read...However, when it comes to the Dark Tower I can make an exception.

Revisiting the dark Tower series after reading all the novels was very enjoyable.
I like the fact that after the traditional comic book style, there was an addition story part after it. The maps were also beautifully done, I like maps

The art work is colourful and captures the feel and atmosphere of the story perfectly.

If you are a fan of the Dark Tower giv
Jul 28, 2009 Curtis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kingophiles
Shelves: comics, fantasy, sci-fi
I've always liked Stephen King's Dark Tower series - The Gunslinger was the first King story I ever read, and is probably still my favorite book of his - so I was somewhat biased in favor of this book going into it. That said, it was even better than I had expected it to be.

For those who already know the story of Roland Deschain's ascent to gunslingerhood and the tragedy of his love for Susan Delgado, the main story arc will bring no surprises. It follows fairly faithfully the gunslinger's back-
Robert Beveridge
Peter David, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (Marvel, 2007)

Of all of Stephen King's impressive body of work, The Gunslinger has always been one of the pieces at the top of my “man, I'd like to see a graphic novel adaptation of this” wish list. (The other? “Gray Matter”, a story from Night Shift.) When I found out that Peter David, of the brilliant (but short lived) Fallen Angel, would be at the helm, I got excited, and Jae Lee being attached only contributed to that. It's taken me a while to
Paul Nelson
It was well over 5 years ago when I read Stephen King's The Dark Tower series and stumbling onto the graphic novels has rekindled my interest a little even to the point of buying the 8th novel The Wind Through the Keyhole.
The Gunslinger Born is the retelling of Roland's younger days from book four of The Dark Tower Series, Wizard and Glass.
The first issue sees Roland Deschain, son of Stevan of the line of Eld challenge his teacher and mentor in arms Cort for the right to be called a Gunslinger o
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