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Product Details

  • Series: Law of the Desert Born
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This actually may be the story’s ideal form, since the author’s son Beau came to realize that the core of the tale was the tense relationship between [Marone] and Lopez. . . . The graphic novel version provides room to develop this theme. Yeates’s black-and-white depiction of the rugged landscape and the hard-bitten characters is superb. The result is stunning and richly textured.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] interesting tale of range rivalries turned bloody . . . Fans of L’Amour’s stories should enjoy this work, adults or teens.”Library Journal
 
“Readers are in for a real treat—with an amazing level of detail and ambience that breathes new life into Louis L’Amour’s already stunning story.”Cowboys & Indians
 
“A masterpiece both in story and art that complements the mood.”It’s All Comic to Me

About the Author

The foremost storyteller of the American frontier, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation with his tales of the brave men and woman who settled the West. There are more than three hundred million copies of his books in print around the world.
 
Beau L’Amour is a writer, art director, and editor. He has written and produced several films including USA Network’s The Diamond of Jeru. Since 1988 he has been the manager of the estate of his father, Louis L’Amour.
 
Katherine Nolan has written for stage, screen, radio, and print. A fourth-generation Californian, she is passionate about frontier stories and the dramas of the West.
 
Charles Santino is a writer and packager of comic books and graphic novels through his studio Marshall Holt Entertainment, LLC. He has produced Ayn Rand’s Anthem: The Graphic Novel.
 
Thomas Yeates has been illustrating stories and comics for more than three decades, working on such properties as Tarzan, Conan, Swamp Thing, Zorro, and many others for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maxine McLister on October 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Set in New Mexico in the year 1887, this adaptation of an early Louis L'Amour western opens with a cold-blooded murder. As the culprit is chased down by a posse, the story behind the murder unfolds. Unlike most westerns, this is no simple tale of good versus evil. Rather, it's a tale of drought and rustling, of betrayal and revenge, of loyalty and friendships gone wrong, and of justice and, finally, redemption. There are no good guys or bad guys here. They all have motives which, at least, to them, seem honourable. Despite or maybe because of the fact that this is a graphic novel, this story is at once nuanced and satisfying.

Written by Louis L'Amour and adapted by his son, Beau L'Amour and Kathy Nolan first for the screen and then for audio and by Charles Santino for this graphic novel, this is a beautifully written and nuanced tale of the wild west and the stunning black-and-white art work by Thomas Yates meshes perfectly with the story and brings the action and the characters to life.

At the end of the novel, Beau L'Amour talks about the progressions of this book from novel to graphic novel as well as some background on his father. Before the war, Louis wrote mysteries and thrillers, often in the noir style. This background in noir shows through in this tale in its nuances and moral ambiguity and this makes for a very unusual but very satisfying tale of the old west.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love myself a good western but never seem to read them much anymore. I absolutely loved this atypical form of the classic western. Based on a short story set in the 1880's, the good guy and the bad guy are hard to differentiate. The story starts off with a crime and the Sheriff and his posse going after the men, but quite soon all is not as it seems as the tale is told backwards and justice turns to vengeance. The ending is certainly a wild west ideal of redemption and it leaves the reader to mull over, or debate with others, just who was betrayed the most and who actually was in the wrong. Incredible black and white art with intricately detailed background and emotional close-ups of facial features especially shown in the eyes. A masterpiece both in story and art that complements the mood. Impressive!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Law of the Desert Born is a beautifully illustrated retelling of one of L'Amour's short stories - based more upon an audio version by L'amour's son Beau and Katherine Nolan. This is the first graphic novelization of a L'Amour novel and the attention to detail really shows.

The story is set in 1887, New Mexico territory. A pervasive drought in an already dry area means there is very little grassland left for cattle. Cattle Rancher Tom Forrester was allowing his cattle to graze on a neighbor's land next to their river - a rare grassy area. But the son of that neighbor (whose father was Forrester's good friend before he died) feels there's not enough grass for his cattle as well. So he puts up a fence and a feud ensues. What starts as a simple act of revenge against the neighbor spirals into two murders. Forrester's cattlemen, Shad Marone and Jesus Lopez, find themselves on opposite sides of a posse. Marone's on the run, Lopez is leading the chase to find him, and the New Mexico countryside is their battleground.

The story changed from the original novel by being more of a study on how no one is wholly good or bad. More back story was given to the characters and quite a few ironies were born subsequently. As a result, the short story is fleshed out and a bit of L'amour's life is interjected as well since the posse chase was based upon a memoir by L'Amour when he traveled the area as a younger man.

To say the artwork is breathtaking would be an understatement. This is one of the most beautifully illustrated black and white graphic novels I've read in a long time. The panels are clean and the artist/authors were judicious in avoiding making the story too wordy. Surprisingly so considering this came from an audio version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MIKE SHAFFER on October 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The first L'Amour story to be adapted to the new Graphic Novel...Expensive Comic Books...concept and they hit a home run. If you've ever been a fan of comic books this is something you'll enjoy. The adapted story actually improved on the plot by being able to show and tell what was happening. The drawings were fantastic and the dialogue, if anything, improved on the original story. If you're a fan of comics you won't want to miss this one, and if you've never tried a comic adaptation you'll find it a refreshingly new approach to just reading the words. You have to be willing to erase the visuals you created in your mind as you read the short-story to really enjoy it, but once done it's easy to get caught up in the story's fresh approach and artwork.

The actual concept dates back to the 1930's, but the I would hope that publishers of some of the older writer's stuff that's out of print would take note...E.S. Gardner...Zane Grey...Rex Stout...Ellery Queen...Max Brand and so forth and so on. The form could lend itself to a revitalization of a lot of great writer's from the past whose work is largely ignored today.

I'm looking forward to the next L'Amour story to be adapted to the medium. From a fan's vantage point...it's easy to like. I enjoyed it immensely and can't wait to see more.
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