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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct ed. edition (15 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785127097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785127093
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.2 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Kirby (1917-1994)isone of the unqualified giants in American comic book history.His most famous co-creation, Captain America, is in a major motion picture film franchise from Marvel Studios.

John Byrne is distinguished professor of energy and climate policy and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware. He is also chairman of the board of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment. He has contributed since 1992 to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the panel's authors. He is editor of Transaction's book series Energy and Environmental Policy.


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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
"The Gunslinger Born" explored the origins and early struggles of young Roland Deschain, as well as the loss of his first true love, Susan Delgado.

And Stephen King's "Dark Tower: The Long Road Home" picks up right after that, showing us more devastating events that shaped Roland Deschain into the gunslinger anti-hero we know and love. While the first part is rather slow, it has plenty of horrific moments and the haunting quality of a "world that has moved on."

A devastated Roland takes down Susan's charred body, as Alain and Bert argue about whether they should be stopping. But suddenly Roland fires at Maerlyn's Grapefruit -- which suddenly turns into a tentacled eyeball that jumps on Roland's face, and enthralls his very soul before they can peel it off. His ka-tet is chased by a bunch of local thugs, the last Big Coffin Hunter, and a ghastly pack of mutated wolves.

Nearby, a mentally challenged boy named Sheemie was seen climbing into old war machines, only to encounter a strange robot that is somehow still "alive."And inside Maerlyn's Grapefruit, Roland is slowly being driven mad in his own memories -- right before being dragged to the hellish citadel of the Crimson King, who reveals a ghastly secret to the young boy from long ago, which will change him forever...

"The Dark Tower: Long Road Home" isn't quite as gripping as its predecessor, "The Gunslinger Born" -- partly because it's a briefer story, and partly because it's simpler. It's a tribute to Stephen King's original story -- and to the hauntingly vivid artwork -- that it's still such an intense rollercoaster ride.
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Its been about a year since i read the gunslinger born. In the time between reading that ad this, the long road home i have read 5 stephen king novels, and a multitude of marvel graphic novels. They were good, but the are all just a pillar for this.

In my own opinion, surely not everyones, but if your reading this you might agree, that the dark tower series is one of the best fantasy series of all time. The question is what does the long road home add to that?

Without ruining the story, ill say that it adds a considerable amount of knowledge we previously never had about the crimson king, as well as doing what it says on the cover, adding to the gap years between the barony of mejis and jericho hill.

I do have to say the artwork is once again brilliant, with a lot of effort being put into the book. Once again hard bound in leather straight away you are getting value for money. The writing is good, but recognisably comic dialogue rather than novel dialogue. Its snappish, witty, and not a word is ever wasted.

There are 2 bad points about this book though, as happy as i am with it. The first is that the plotline is very thin. not a lot really happens, i can see this being a set-up for another book down the line. The other thing is i dont see it being instantly accessible to those who have never read the novels. There are references to other books than the wizard and glass in here.

One final thing, at the back is a map, which shows the path roland took on his journey in wolves of calla, song of susannah and the dark tower.

Even if you arent a fan of graphic novels in the slightest if you want the dark tower you will enjoy this.
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Got this as a gift (A Gunslinger Born too) and took me straight back to that world. The books themselves are beautifully bound and the artwork is immense. I won't spoil the story but its wonderful for the fans of the novel to get 'the extra' bits. The first one was basically the wizard and the glass, this one is an immediate follow on telling of the journey back to Gilead. The characters look as I pictured them, (except Oy, I've never seen an image of him that looked right, to me at least.) So its better than watching a film... Please don't let them make the film!!!! There is just enough to let your own imagination work too. Any Dark Tower junkie should own these. Truly beautiful. Again, thankee Marvel... And Santa.
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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.
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