Love this book.,
This review is from: Dark Tower: The Long Road Home Premiere HC: 2 (Hardcover)
The Gunslinger Born was a narrative mess, bogged down with the difficult task of presenting the contents of a novel in comic form. Furthermore, Stephen King's consistently dull characterisations and narrative didn't really help make it a compelling package. The Gunslinger Born was worth it for the fantastic world King created, and for the art of Jae Lee. It often just felt like the cliff-notes of a much wider tale, not a tale built for the format, and not an especially fantastic tale at that. I gave that book 2 stars.
The second, The Long Road Home is not burdened by pre-existing text. The flashback content of the books was covered in its entirety in the first volume, so from here, it is all original content by Robin Furth and Peter David. This allows for better narration, dialogue, characterisation and pacing. This makes for an utterly thrilling tale I found hard to put down, and look forward to reading the rest.
I write this review as someone relatively unfamiliar with the Dark Tower books. I would recommend this to anyone, were it possible to skip the first. However, I would also argue it was worth reading The Gunslinger Born just to traverse The Long Road Home, and I hope the rest of the series continues to live up to that.