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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL; First Edition, First Impression edition (26 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785147098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785147091
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
Gilead is in ruins, and all the gunslingers but one are dead. "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins" launches Roland Deschain on his lifelong quest to find the Dark Tower and avenge his people. It's a haunting, bloodspattered story graced by solid artwork, and a lingering sense of tragedy.

Several years after the last round of comics, Roland stops at the home of a young hermit and his pet raven. Over dinner, Roland recounts what happened after Farson's men killed his people -- he carried the dying Aileen back to Gilead, and finds his onetime home haunted by treacherous ghosts, horrible memories... and oh yeah, grotesque Slow Mutants.

So he sets out on a quest to find John Farson, and ends up wandering into a nearby town with a faithful billy-bumbler. And since he's Roland Deschain, trouble finds him -- he's barely met the EXACT DOPPELGANGER of his dead girlfriend Susan than a bunch of Not-Men kidnap her to turn her into one of them.

The brilliance of "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins" is that it taps into one of the most primal, terrifying human fears -- that our family, friends and home will all be destroyed, leaving us alive but devastated. And though the entire story is told in flashback by a grizzled, hardened Roland, it doesn't lessen its soul-wrenching power.

And Robin Furth handles the story in a way that is tragic without being melodramatic -- it's splattered with blood, darkness and chaos, and there are some truly tragic scenes where Roland loses even more loved ones in his journey (NOOOOOO! BILLY-BUMBLER!). Roland's farewell speeches to those loved ones are gut-wrenchingly raw, yet very beautiful.

The only major flaw in the story is the introduction of Susan Delgado 2.0.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 16 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was a real let down. And I don't expect much of these graphic novels. I don't expect an eighth book. I want added fluff, more padding, some back story. That... or maybe a more literal graphical interpretation of the existing books. I believe the previous 5 entries to the series, existing in the first category, really added something to the overall world. I wasn't a fan of the art, but I liked the artist's interpretation. The writing wasn't as good as the original, but also didn't really stand in the way of my enjoyment. In all it was a nice revisiting of the world King created, adding something new, giving a different take.

This book adds nothing; if anything it lowers the bar significantly. Maybe it's me, but the art isn't as good (or maybe just not as fresh to me). There's no consistency; for instance Roland looks younger from one image to the next. And I don't like this take on Roland (but that's just taste I guess). I found the writing horrible: the dialog as well as the story. This isn't King and it shows (a lot more than the previous ones). It starts off the same as 'the Gunslinger' and gives us a look at the story of Hax. So I thought it would fall in the second category, but then it trails off in a memory told by Roland. (At first I thought it was the story of Tull, but it's a different one. It's been awhile so maybe I'm mistaken.) I just can't stress enough how this just doesn't add anything. That means it just slows the pacing of the entire series. You can flesh out the universe, and do a good job of giving us something new, some depth. Otherwise just take what exists and make an interpretation. Both would be fine, great even. This just tells us what we already know without Steven King's touch.
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 27 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
The dark tower series is a series of cliffhangers. With no real direction and a scanty outline Stephen can not paint himself into a corner. As with any dream (nightmare) you just change the rules if you get stuck with some logic. And this is what it is, just one long dream. It has all the elements of Stephen King including his potty mouth.

Do not try to compare this loosely jointed series of encounters with works such as of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George Lucas, as they have no resemblance to the Joseph Campbell myth of someone challenged to become more than they are. This animal is in its own purely fantasy (don't look for depth) project. I say project because it is ongoing with out a clear stopping point in mind. If you look at it this way then it can be a "five star" in its category.

"The Gunslinger" is over before it gets started no time to form an opinion.
"The Drawing of the Three" twice as long as the previous, leaves you with a dislike for lobster.
"The Waste Lands" twice as long as the previous, leave you with a dislike for Amtrak.
By now you have no opinion, dislike eating lobster on Amtrak, and can not wait for the next installment (Wizard and glass.)
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