Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Oh Glorious Day! The Dark Tower Comic #1 Release!

The GreatMoose has been waiting for this for a looooong time. The first in a seven part comic series of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series gets released tonight! The 7 book novel series (heavily based on Robert Browning's epic poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came) was absolutely incredible, and I think even with all it faults, it will go down in history as one of the great literary epics. The first comic is called DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN #1, and it starts in the same place the first novel (The Gunslinger does, with what is quite possibly the best opening line to a novel ever penned:

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

Ain't It Cool has an early review of the first issue.

If you're not a Dark Tower junkie, have no fears with this one. They've taylor made the first of the 7 issues to be an introduction to this world. The book does begin with the titular gunslinger, Roland, pursuing the Man In Black, just as in King's first book and focuses on Roland's childhood coming of age.

My understanding is that over the course of this mini-series we'll be getting the story of Young Roland's first tests, which were detailed in WIZARD AND GLASS, the 4th book in the series. There is a promise that we'll see events just hinted at in the books, such as the events leading up to the fate of Roland's childhood friends Cuthbert and Alain and the much hinted at battle of Jericho Hill, where Gilead fell and the world began to fall apart.

Can I tell you how stoked I am? I am stoked.


Joshua "Doc" Wible said...

Um, never heard of it, but it does look pretty sweet. Gunslingers and men in black, sounds good to me!

Greatmoose said...

Dude, I've got all the books if you want to borrow them. I gotta warn you though, it's a heck of an investment. But worth it!

Matt said...

Yup. But I imagine that I'll take the same route I did with the books...I'll wait five years and buy them all used. So I am stoked but with an eye toward delayed stokification!