Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station (The Dark Tower) Hardcover – 27 Jun 2012
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Peter David is a prolific "New York Times "bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.
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 is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection" The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes "(an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), " Doctor Sleep, " and "Under the Dome". His novel "11/22/63" a recent Hulu original television series event was named a top ten book of 2011 by The" New York Times" "Book Review "and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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I enjoyed the Marvel Dark Tower run, probably more than most. However, the stories contained in this collection are pretty poor. Especially, "So Fell Lord Perth" it is very short and pretty pointless. I really wish they had moved into creating graphic novels of the actual Dark Tower story contained in Stephen King's greatest books instead of trying to add spin off back stories that seemed to distance themselves more and more from the original creative universe. So I guess it is a good thing Marvel killed the series when they did and they certainly didn't go out with a bang.
In the end, this volume is good for the completest who owns the others, but don't expect a nice hard bound edition like you're used to.
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". I don't follow the comic sales figures, so I'm not sure how this brand has fared since its initial launch, but the quality has seemed to decline since "The Gunslinger Born". If Marvel does push forward with an adaptation of The Drawing of the Three, I hope they re-enlist the team that started the series, with the possible exception of canning Robin Furth and hiring Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who did an excellent job adapting The Stand for Marvel. If they stick to the books, stop making needless changes, and get back to the artwork style from the first couple years of this series, they'll be heading in the right direction.