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Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1

Writer: Robin Furth, Peter David Artist: Jae Lee, Richard Isanove Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steven G. Saunders Feb 4, 2007

    Editor Ralph Macchio discusses in the back how this was all a team effort, and to that I say bravo! Too often do teams end up screwing things up once assembled. Its a relief to see that this first issue delivered so well. From the way the story is told to the dark, brooding art (with some terrific backgrounds), I expect this series to pick up then hit very, very hard. It already looks like issue #2 is going to pack a wallop! Was this worth the wait? Hell, yes, it was. Someone at Marvel told me awhile back that this title would be the biggest thing since the 90s. Well see how that pans out as the series progresses, but I can say for certain that this is one heck of a good start in that direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Caryn A. Tate Feb 4, 2007

    Overall, this was an excellent comic. Im looking forward to issue #2 a lot more than I thought I would, and its always so great to be pleasantly surprised like this. The creators have given us a lot more than just another western comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Feb 4, 2007

    In truth, the book will probably be more successful for you if youre already au fait with the Dark Tower series, as the familiarity with the characters - combined with the thrill of seeing them brought to life in a new way - will make the book more accessible and will likely make this first issue an easier read. Still, its difficult to imagine this first Dark Tower comic accomplishing the difficult balancing act of catering for both sets of readers any better, and the wealth of bonus material in the form of text and illustrations at the back of the book serves to fill in a lot of interesting detail for those of us who havent immersed themselves in Kings world before. The higher-than-usual price tag may raise a few eyebrows, and the sales gimmicks (midnight store openings et al) are pure Marvel, but lets be honest: this book was always going to achieve high sales. More interesting for me will be whether this Dark Tower title can serve as the Holy Grail of comics that will attrac Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Handley Feb 4, 2007

    So, an interesting and visually stunning debut to this mini-series. It is good, and Ill definitely follow it to see where it goes but only time, and 6 more issues, will tell if this comic really is all that Marvel is making it out to be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Feb 4, 2007

    Regardless of any gripes I may have, this was an entertaining comic book that will surely wow the occasional or novice comic readers out there, thereby causing a positive stir with many mainstream media outlets. Its the kind of publicity comic books invariably needs, and Im glad this publicity will be connected to a literary juggernaut rather than a mild controversy or the death of iconic superhero. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Feb 4, 2007

    This is a solid, well-produced comic, but its also a disappointment. I really cant grasp at which audience this is supposed to be aimed, as it doesnt serve up anything new to Dark Tower veterans, and doesnt seem to have enough meat on its bones to serve as a proper introduction for new readers. Its a passable fantasy comic (and I'm very pleased to see a fantasy title from a major publisher), but its nonetheless burdened by an overwhelming sense of pointlessness. Later issues will probably be better, but this is a bit naff. Read Full Review

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