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Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station (The Dark Tower) Hardcover – 27 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (27 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514935X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785149354
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Another fantastic instalment in the series. Beautifully illustrated and concisely scripted. Even though it's treading on the feet of the novels, I still revel in the excitement of seeing Roland's adventures beyond the written word.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dd3bc68) out of 5 stars 129 reviews
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HASH(0x8e114468) out of 5 stars Not sure what others see in this 6 Feb. 2013
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Man, what a letdown. This is my first two-star review of the year and I give it with a heavy heart. This should have been one of the better graphic novels of this uneven series, as the source material is some of my favorite moments in the entire Dark Tower series. It nails some of those moments, especially in the last issue/chapter, but that's the reason it gets two stars rather than one, and I don't give one-star reviews lightly. The changes to the original story are baffling, as they drain some of the more interesting moments of any tension for no appreciable gain, introduce new elements that don't make a whole lot of sense in Mid-World (the corpse lights, long-time readers will know what I mean), and have characters acting in baffling ways. I don't understand who the Roland of this comic is supposed to be, but he bears little resemblance to either the Roland of the books or of the graphic novels that came before this, almost as if the writers lost hold of what made the character tick. Yes, Roland always acted in a callous manner toward Jake, but his behavior toward the boy in this version comes across as more than a little confused and crazy. I almost feel that I need to re-read the original, non-revised version of The Gunslinger now to wash this out of my mouth. Sheer disappointment, and not even recommended for hardcore fans.
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HASH(0x8e4f6348) out of 5 stars Out with a whimper 16 Oct. 2013
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, I was disappointed that this last volume of the series is not a hardcover just a soft cover collection.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e42bcb4) out of 5 stars What Has Happened to Marvel's Dark Tower? 1 Aug. 2013
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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When Marvel first started publishing Dark Tower comics, they were amazing. Every month, you could count on incredible artwork, always highlighted by one or two jaw-dropping two-page splashes that blazed with color. I also remember a surprising level of violence and gory images. The corny cowboy narrator was present from the beginning, but it was tolerable considering the quality otherwise.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e06a69c) out of 5 stars Minus one star for not being hardcover! 28 Oct. 2013
By Sam Fett - Published on Amazon.com
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Sad to see the Marvel Dark Tower end. I was disappointed that the final volume wasn't hardcover to match the others. I am very sad to see that so far there are no plans to adapt the other novels of Stephen Kings Dark Tower series. A friend and I have always speculated that at the end of the novels Roland has the Horn of Eld this time around so we wonder if the story would end differently if he blows upon it at the gates of the Dark Tower. I would of loved to see these comics expand upon that. This collection is a two part Sheemie tale, a two part tale of Roland's first Ka-tet attack on Farson's men, and a one part tale of Arthur Eld and the fall of Lord Perth. All are good one shot stories but to see this series end without adapting the books is a real shame. One can only hope that there will be more in the future. I have to admit I didn't picture the Lord Perth story like it is adapted in this collection when I first read the novels. It is a retelling of David and Goliath so that the idea of one man taking on insurmountable odds can overcome adversity.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8df810a8) out of 5 stars Ever onward The Gunslinger still follows! 21 Jun. 2012
By Sam Fett - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection is a great jumping on point for readers that have not been following Roland's quest. Some nice flashbacks from the previous collections with a few touches to fit with the story of this volume. This picks up back in the farmers cottage before heading out into the heat and fits since Roland has already left the farmer in The Journey Begins. But for those that have the knowledge of Roland's Quest and its endless journies it fits nicely with Kings vision. We finally get Jake as a main character and he brings a lot to the story. He reminds me of a young Eddie Dean that hopefully will be a peace down the beam from now. For fans of the series if you look closely you will catch a Easter egg of Kings newest entry into Middle Earth The Wind Through the Keyhole in one panel. As I turned the last page I was sad to see it end because it ends right when the story picks up speed. All in all this is a great addition but only gets rolling and sucks you in like the banshee tries to seduce you into her stones. It only leaves you begging for more but until the next collection you always have the books. This collection ends a little over halfway through the novel so the next collection The Man in Black should finish up the The Gunslinger novel. I read wondering if they will ever change something that will break the circle and each volume is highly anticipated! Until then pleasant days and long nights.
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