22gigantes.com - Collects Dark Tower: The Gunslinger #1-5.The Barony of Gilead has fallen to the forces of the evil John Farson, as the Gunslingers are massacred at the Battle of Jericho Hill. But one Gunslinger rises from the ashes: Roland Deschain. As Deschain's limp body is tossed onto a funeral pyre...he's not dead yet. Roland escapes; as the last of the Gunslingers, he sets out in search of the mysterious Dark Tower - the one place where he can set the events of his out-of-synch world right. Along the way, Roland will battle the Not-Men, the Slow Mutants and more as he trails the Man in Black, the sorcerer who holds the key to Roland's finding the Dark Tower.
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Most helpful customer reviews 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful. Journey of the last gunslinger By EA Solinas Gilead is in ruins, and all the gunslingers but one are dead. "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins" launches Roland Deschain on his lifelong quest to find the Dark Tower and avenge his people. It's a haunting, bloodspattered story graced by solid artwork, and a lingering sense of tragedy.Several years after the last round of comics, Roland stops at the home of a young hermit and his pet raven. Over dinner, Roland recounts what happened after Farson's men killed his people -- he carried the dying Aileen back to Gilead, and finds his onetime home haunted by treacherous ghosts, horrible memories... and oh yeah, grotesque Slow Mutants.So he sets out on a quest to find John Farson, and ends up wandering into a nearby town with a faithful billy-bumbler. And since he's Roland Deschain, trouble finds him -- he's barely met the EXACT DOPPELGANGER of his dead girlfriend Susan than a bunch of Not-Men kidnap her to turn her into one of them.The brilliance of "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins" is that it taps into one of the most primal, terrifying human fears -- that our family, friends and home will all be destroyed, leaving us alive but devastated. And though the entire story is told in flashback by a grizzled, hardened Roland, it doesn't lessen its soul-wrenching power.And Robin Furth handles the story in a way that is tragic without being melodramatic -- it's splattered with blood, darkness and chaos, and there are some truly tragic scenes where Roland loses even more loved ones in his journey (NOOOOOO! BILLY-BUMBLER!). Roland's farewell speeches to those loved ones are gut-wrenchingly raw, yet very beautiful.The only major flaw in the story is the introduction of Susan Delgado 2.0. It's handled nicely, with Roland being given a "second chance" if he abandons his quest, but it feels contrived.And we see two different Rolands in this story. One is a grizzled, hardened survivor who has moved on, with all his wounds healed. And the other is a young boy who has just become a man, with raw emotional wounds and a fear of getting too close to other people. Aileen is given a powerful exit from the story, and... BILLY-BUMBLER! Such a sweet innocent unselfish creature."Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins" is both an ending and a beginning. Gilead has ended, but the Gunslinger's quest has begun. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful. Little disappointed, but still collecting! By Saved by grace! I'm an enourmous fan of this series and the graphic novels sealed my love for it even more. I collected and read each book religiously as they started being produced in 2007.When this latest edition came out, I was very excited to start the main journey, to see in my hands what I saw in my head when I read the books years before, but I was disappointed in everything. The story wasn't concrete, it jumped around and I still couldn't really tell you what happened in there because it was just so unremarkable. The art in any piece of fiction is usually the saving grace for me, being such an artistic individual...but the inconsistency of the style made it about as easy to look at as it would be to swallow a strangely flavored spoonful of some questionable looking, possibly far-expired gelatin....I fell in love with the dark, sinister style of Jae Lee in the first few books, it surprised me at first but ended up fitting so well with the style of the story. Once it changed I thought it may take getting used to, but I'd be able to accept and love it just the same....I'm still waiting for that to happen, and each time a new book is released, my excitement is dampened a little by the thought of that terrible new art I'll have to look at.Overall as a series, these books are fantastic and a must-read for any proper Tower Junkie, but this book by itself is a bit of a runt in the litter....here's to hoping the next is an improvement. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. Marvel's Dark Tower Veers off the Rails (*spoilers included*) By J. Hill I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, The Dark Tower, and Marvel's adaptation of it, but The Journey Begins is where they almost lost me. This series is flawed for many reasons, earning two stars only because of the illustrations for a couple of scenes from The Gunslinger novel. The title of this overall run actually is The Gunslinger, and following on the heels of The Battle of Jericho, I thought it would be the beginning of King's first Dark Tower novel. It seems to start that way, but then veers way off into newly created stories that really don't make much sense. After buying an old mule in Pricetown, Roland encounters a man named Brown and his bird Zoltan. Much of the first chapter faithfully depicts the opening of King's novel. But then, just when Roland is supposed to start a flashback about his experiences in Tull, he begins telling Brown about the aftermath of Jericho Hill. In the following chapters, Roland drags a dying Aileen around on a travois for awhile before she dies in an attack from Not-Men (?), he's befriended by a billy-bumbler that's way too similar to Oy, he sees and talks to the ghost of Hax (??), and he meets and sleeps with a girl at the Traveler's Rest who just happens to look exactly like Susan...and whose name is Susan.The only things I like about this book are the opening chapter with Brown and Zoltan, Roland's flashback that illustrates Hax's hanging, and the discovery of slow mutants in the ruins of Gilead. As fans know, the scene with Hax (NOT the ghost scene) is a childhood memory from The Gunslinger novel that hadn't yet been shown in the comics, and the one with the slow mutants is an expansion of something Roland says in one of King's later Dark Tower books. And THAT scene is absolutely horrifying, with the most hideous mutants I've ever seen drawn. However, the artwork there is the only place it earns high points this time around. Roland's face looks different on just about every page, but the one similarity is that it frequently looks chubby. Overall, the illustrations lack the depth and realism of past installments. It's a big disappointment given the excellent quality of the artwork in the other comics.Near the end of the book, Roland sees the Man in Black, who he clearly recognizes, and who he realizes he must track down to get answers about the Dark Tower. That's a problem, since Roland wonders about the identity of the Man in Black throughout the first Dark Tower novel. In the last chapter, Roland finishes his story to Brown, which was supposed to be about Tull, then leaves. So Tull hasn't happened yet, even though in the original, Roland meets Brown after Tull. ing this book well after its publication, I know they eventually skirt this inconsistency by just having Roland wake up in Brown's hut after Tull knowing that he's been there before, but not how he got back. To me, it's lazy. Also a bit silly. So he apparently left Tull, found a hut and a dweller exactly like the one from before Tull, but didn't notice it until after taking a nap? The Dark Tower comics got back on track after this book, but I think The Journey Begins is a conspicuous lowpoint in the series. This one is pretty much for completists only. See all 56 customer reviews...
From Publishers Weekly The early life of Roland Deschain, last surviving gunslinger hero of Stephen KingÖs series of novels, is once more revisited in this latest graphic novel prequel. Writers Furth and David tell several stories of Roland, ranging from his childhood to the years between the fall of his home of Gilead and his decision to set out on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Loosely connected, the series of flashbacks show RolandÖs early experiences with betrayal and with losing his companions and others he had promised to protect. The stories do not feel strongly connected, save for the fact that they all show early incidents that influenced RolandÖs personality, and so are not much more than a collection of short tales shared around a fire. The art by Phillips and Isanove ably depicts the harshness of RolandÖs world, the strange mix of the familiar and the fantastic to be found in the setting, and the hard lives lived by Roland and the people he meets. And itÖs that glimpse of a beloved fantasy setting which the book has the most to offer. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. About the Author Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television (Babylon 5), film (Trancers), books (Star Trek: New Frontier series), and comic books (Incredible Hulk, X-Factor, Dark Tower).
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