Book Review: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins (2011) is the graphic novel adaptation of his Dark Tower series. In it we meet Roland, the gunslinger. He is on the trail of the man in the black cloak. This man is the one responsible for the loss of Roland’s family, land and friends.

World Building

The reader steps into Roland’s world. It’s a sad place filled with many dangers. It’s one of my favorite things about this book. It’s an immersive experience. Sure, it’s not a happy place to visit, but it shows us what Roland is willing to go through to exact his revenge. The environment becomes another obstacle in the story.

Rhythm

The pace of the story felt a tad bit slow. The story goes into a flashback in order to establish who Roland is. I think his likability could have been presented in a more organic way, but it explained more of the world, so it works. The dialogue is believable. It’s similar to the dialogue of a cowboy movie, but since the backdrop has nothing in common with a cowboy movie, it works in a way that makes the story move forward.

Final Thoughts

I think this is a solid introduction the Dark Tower series. The colors and illustrations give the story and impetus I needed to keep the pages turning. Do yourself a favor and go read this book. You’ll not be disappointed.

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