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Product Details

  • Series: Talisman (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345517989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345517982
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  
 
Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Koko.
 
This book has been penciled and inked by Tony Shasteen, who has been an illustrator since 1995. His clients have included Coca-Cola, Nascar, Hasbro and DC Comics, among many others.
 
The script is by Robin Furth, who co-writes Marvel’s bestselling Dark Tower comics taking place in Stephen King’s Dark Tower Universe. She worked as Stephen King’s research assistant between 2000 and 2004.
 
Coloring is by Nei Ruffino (Issues 0–4) and JD Mettler (Issue 5). Ruffino is currently working on Blackest Night and Supergirl for DC Comics; her other projects have included Return to Wonderland and Dragonlance Chronicles. JD Mettler is an Eisner Award–nominated digital colorist who has worked on such projects as Superman, Batman, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Star Wars.

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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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The art work and story interpretation is flawless.
W. Pardue
And that magic begins to bloom like a black rose in "The Talisman: Road of Trials," the first comic book collection adapted from King and Peter Straub's epic fantasy.
E. A Solinas
This was the point where the story got really good and they decided to pull the plug on it.
N. Pote

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the vast and eerie world of Stephen King's multiverse, "The Talisman" is something special -- a boy's quest to save his mother, and his journey into another world where magic reigns.

And that magic begins to bloom like a black rose in "The Talisman: Road of Trials," the first comic book collection adapted from King and Peter Straub's epic fantasy. Vivid, shadowy and hauntingly visceral, this story gives an eerie, dark edge to the everyday world. The first part is kind of fragmented, but it does an excellent job of introducing Jack (and readers) to the Territories.

Jack and his mother Lily are on the run, driving from place to place so they can get away from a sinister man known only as Uncle Morgan. When they stop at a deserted beach resort, Jack befriends a kindly old man named Speedy -- and not only does Speedy know about Jack's "daydreams," but he also knows the true reason Lily is dying.

To save his mother, Jack has to go on a journey into a strange otherworld knows as the Territories, populated by "twinners" (sort of a other-world doppelganger who lives and dies alongside the person in our world). Jack manages to "flip" into the Territories and begins his journey to recover the Talisman, but he soon discovers that horrendous enemies are following him -- both in the Territories, and in our world....

The first volume of "The Talisman Road of Trials" is all about setting up the story -- plot threads are set up, characters are introduced, and the preteen hero begins his quest. It's a bit fragmented in plot, but when Speedy and Jack start talking by the broken carousel the story really begins to take focus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Pote on October 18, 2011
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I give 5 stars for the comic adaptation. The artwork is wonderful and refreshing and the story is very well adapted from the source material. Where I would give this a 1 star is that it ends here. For some reason, Marvel comics decided not to continue the series and ended it very abruptly with Jack's first meeting of Wolf. This was the point where the story got really good and they decided to pull the plug on it. Why do so many networks and publishers decide to cancel their best stuff before it even gets off the ground? I hope they will return someday to finish the adaptation of this story just like the illustrators of Dracula did. We had to wait 30 years to get the complete version of Dracula. Let's hope that we don't have to wait that long for the completion of the Talisman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on August 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was an on-again, off-again Stephen King fan back in my twenties. I loved Dead Zone and `Salem's Lot, enjoyed Christine and Firestarter okay, but got turned off by some of his later books. While I was working at a fast food company and trying to get my own writing off the ground, I ended up swapping books with one of the cooks that read a lot. I turned him on to Robert B. Parker, and he lent me a copy of The Talisman. I have to admit, I got swept up in Jack Sawyer's world and read the novel at a blistering pace. I was really disappointed when a sequel wasn't immediately in the offing. Then, later, I was even more disappointed in the sequel. I hear there's a third book coming, and I hope it measures up to this first book.

When I first heard about The Talisman being adapted into graphic novels, I didn't know how it would go. Comics readers seemed to welcome The Stand and The Dark Tower as graphic novels. I saw The Talisman at my local library and picked it up. It has been years since I read the novel, but my memory of the story is as strong as ever.

I love the idea of the real world and the Territories, of a fantasy realm where everybody had Twinners, duplicates that essentially were the same person in both worlds. Except for Jack Sawyer, whose Twinner was the prince of the realm and the threat to the villain, his evil uncle Morgan.

The name Jack is given at the beginning of the book, Travellin Jack, is just awesome in its simplicity. In the audio book, fans get treated to a sequel of sorts. We get to see Jack's dad, Philip, in action before Jack gets involved in trying to find a way to save his mom from her sickness. In the Territories, the Queen lies dying as well.

I liked the way the old characters from the novel are presented visually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Del Rey's quality, but ill-fated, comic series for The Talisman never made it past this first arc, maybe due to inexperience. As they state in the preview issue to The Road of Trials, this was the first venture into comic books for Del Rey, a longtime book publisher. They did well to enlist the services of Robin Furth to write this adaptation of the novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. She's Stephen King's research assist, and has written a complete concordance of his Dark Tower novels and Marvel's Dark Tower comic series. And the artists did a fantastic job with both the extraordinary characters and the dreamlike settings of the Territories. The story begins quickly, with Jack meeting Speedy Parker and flipping into the Territories in the first chapter. He also has a flashback about a time he was nearly abducted by a man Talisman fans know as Sunlight Gardener. By the second chapter, Jack's on the road, in search of the Talisman and a cure for his mother's cancer. He meets Captain Farren, sees his mother's Twinner, Queen Laura, and has another flashback to Morgan Sloat nearly suffocating him as an infant. There's also a chilling look at the inside of the Black Hotel, where the Talisman is held prisoner.

In the third chapter, Jack meets Sunlight's Twinner, Osmond, as well as the end of his whip. After suffering a beating from Osmond, he witnesses the deranged right-hand man of Morgan brutally murder a cart-driver. Jack also sees the man's son, who has had half of his head crushed in the wreck for which Osmond killed the grieving father. The artwork here holds nothing back; it's graphic and disturbing. Jack begins to travel, but must flee into a forest when he hears Morgan's caravan approaching.
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