The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Reborn Review


The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Reborn

By Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee (Illustrator), Richard Isanove(Illustrator), Stephen King (original story)

‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ With those words, millions of readers were introduced to Stephen King’s Roland ‘ an implacable gunslinger in search of the enigmatic Dark Tower, powering his way through a dangerous land filled with ancient technology and deadly magic. Now, in a comic book personally overseen by King himself, Roland’s past is revealed! Sumptuously drawn by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove, adapted by long-time Stephen King expert, Robin Furth (author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance), and scripted by New York Times Bestseller Peter David, this series delves in depth into Roland’s origins ‘ the perfect introduction to this incredibly realized world; while long-time fans will thrill to adventures merely hinted at in the novels. Be there for the very beginning of a modern classic of fantasy literature!


Summary from Goodreads.

I decided I wanted to read this book before seeing the movies coming out this month, but since the library did not have the first book I found the graphic novel adaptation of it! Normally I am not a fan of reading the graphic novel adaptations before reading the novel as they have never worked for me in the past, and unfortunately that was the case this time.

Normally when I do not like a graphic novel, it is either because of the art style or the actual plot; this time it was the actual adaptation of the novel into this graphic novel. I am sure that the novel had plenty of detail as to what was going on , but I was constantly confused as to why each character was acting and their motives.

I surprisingly enjoyed both the art style and the story. The story follows Roland as he tries to attempts to become a gunslinger and his first ‘mission’. How everything followed made sense and the overall plot I was able to understand. When it came down to what actually occurred, I was completely confused. Nothing seemed to be fully explained, and I did not understand why any of the characters were motivated to do anything.

The art style was gorgeous! Every panel was simply amazing and I spent way too much time just looking at the images. Also, with the actually story confusing me, the art work managed to help me understand slightly better what was going on.

If you have read the novels, then I would suspect that you would enjoy this graphic novel but I would recommend reading the novels first.


Have you read The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Get it on Comixilogy here.

Purchase it on Amazon here.



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