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Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station Hardcover – June 27, 2012

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Book 9 of 10 in the Dark Tower Series

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Peter David is a prolific author whose career spans nearly two decades. His recent novels include "Tigerheart: A Tale of the Anyplace" and "Darkness of the Light". He is also renowned for his work as a comic-book writer, including the "Incredible Hulk", "Spider-Man", and the Fallen Angel. He is the cocreator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books.

Robin Furth was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. While enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Maine, she was introduced to Stephen King, who needed a research assistant. Her work with King as he completed the "Dark Tower" series produced the "Dark Tower Concordance". Furth has since written the story lines for Marvel s bestselling comic book spin-off series "The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born". She divides her time among Maine, the south of England, and Mid-World.

Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit."
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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Tower
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1St Edition edition (June 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514935X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785149354
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Furth was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. While enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Maine, she was introduced to Stephen King, who needed a research assistant. She has been working with King for more than five years and is now busy writing story lines and folktales for Marvel's forthcoming Dark Tower comic book series. She divides her time between Maine, the south of England, and Mid-World.

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Man, what a letdown. This is my first two-star review of the year and I give it with a heavy heart. This should have been one of the better graphic novels of this uneven series, as the source material is some of my favorite moments in the entire Dark Tower series. It nails some of those moments, especially in the last issue/chapter, but that's the reason it gets two stars rather than one, and I don't give one-star reviews lightly. The changes to the original story are baffling, as they drain some of the more interesting moments of any tension for no appreciable gain, introduce new elements that don't make a whole lot of sense in Mid-World (the corpse lights, long-time readers will know what I mean), and have characters acting in baffling ways. I don't understand who the Roland of this comic is supposed to be, but he bears little resemblance to either the Roland of the books or of the graphic novels that came before this, almost as if the writers lost hold of what made the character tick. Yes, Roland always acted in a callous manner toward Jake, but his behavior toward the boy in this version comes across as more than a little confused and crazy. I almost feel that I need to re-read the original, non-revised version of The Gunslinger now to wash this out of my mouth. Sheer disappointment, and not even recommended for hardcore fans.
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When Marvel first started publishing Dark Tower comics, they were amazing. Every month, you could count on incredible artwork, always highlighted by one or two jaw-dropping two-page splashes that blazed with color. I also remember a surprising level of violence and gory images. The corny cowboy narrator was present from the beginning, but it was tolerable considering the quality otherwise.

Then, somewhere around or after The Battle of Jericho Hill, the quality became sporadic. Some issues, or even entire arcs, failed to impress the way the earlier ones did. The artwork became more standard and cartoonish, the narration became unbearable, and needless changes began to be made seemingly on a whim. Bright spots still emerged, like "The Little Sisters of Eluria", but there was no consistency.

Now comes the climax in the adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Gunslinger, and the negative qualities have finally eclipsed the good. Forget the stunning two-page splashes; you don't even get full-page drawings. Forget the original novel; you'll need to if you want to avoid growing irritated or outright angry over changes that are offered with weak justifications from Robin Furth. About 80% of this book is a disappointment, with some sections, particularly Chapter 4, almost reaching must-have status for Dark Tower junkies.

I really hope Marvel finds the commitment it had to this series when it started. The only upcoming releases are two-issue ancillary tales. It has taken years to follow Roland to the golgotha on the edge of the Western Sea, and the characters from The Drawing of the Three have been informally introduced during the course of "The Gunslinger".
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This collection is a great jumping on point for readers that have not been following Roland's quest. Some nice flashbacks from the previous collections with a few touches to fit with the story of this volume. This picks up back in the farmers cottage before heading out into the heat and fits since Roland has already left the farmer in The Journey Begins. But for those that have the knowledge of Roland's Quest and its endless journies it fits nicely with Kings vision. We finally get Jake as a main character and he brings a lot to the story. He reminds me of a young Eddie Dean that hopefully will be a peace down the beam from now. For fans of the series if you look closely you will catch a Easter egg of Kings newest entry into Middle Earth The Wind Through the Keyhole in one panel. As I turned the last page I was sad to see it end because it ends right when the story picks up speed. All in all this is a great addition but only gets rolling and sucks you in like the banshee tries to seduce you into her stones. It only leaves you begging for more but until the next collection you always have the books. This collection ends a little over halfway through the novel so the next collection The Man in Black should finish up the The Gunslinger novel. I read wondering if they will ever change something that will break the circle and each volume is highly anticipated! Until then pleasant days and long nights.
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The writers and "ink men" of this series have done a great job of bringing Mr. King's visions to fruition. As an avid reader of the Dark Tower universe, I wiuld say they have captured the essence of the opening of the novel and the "beginning" of the Dark Tower journey. I can't wait until the next series. Until then, "long days and pleasant nights".
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By DaMaDCritic on November 18, 2012
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In short, the book is just like the previous 2 installments. They seem like side quest that are not really tied into the story, so at times it seems drawn out and somewhat boring. The story is still intriguing and I am still waiting to see the final confrontation between Roland and the man in black
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