Graphic Novel Review: Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Stephen King

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Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Stephen King (art by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove) is a graphic novel taking place in a universe Mr. King created. The graphic novel is a prequel to The Dark Tower novels about the young Gunslinger Roland Deschain.

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My rat­ing for Dark Tower: The Long Road Home — 4
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Thoughts:
I’ve been hearing about Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series for several years. Last year I even picked up book 1 to read. I’m not big into the fantasy genre (love the movies, cannot read the books) but I do like westerns and thought that might be a good introduction. I liked the book, but don’t think I’ll do anymore reading.

A few months back, the kids and I were at a comic book convention (they’re always fun), when I spotted Dark Tower: The Long Road Home by Stephen King (art by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove) and thought I’ll give this graphic novel a try, maybe my binary mind will understand fantasy in this format.

The graphic novel was fascinating, with several interesting characters in it (The Gunslinger is absent for most of the story). I found the pace of the story a bit confusing, but it just could be me since, as mentioned, I don’t “get” fantasy (in book format). There are many chases, shootouts, and gory deaths – some of them didn’t make any sense to me.

The artwork is melancholy and poignant, very evocative to say the least. I truly enjoyed the art which, to me, made the whole book come together. I wonder how much input did Mr. King had on the art, since I could only imagine that what the inside of his fertile mind looks like.
To be fair, I figured out that this graphic novel is a continuation of the story and I never read the beginning. This is the reason why I was confused for the first few pages, however it is a standalone story which could be read after a few brief introductory paragraphs.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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