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Hobbit
January 7th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Hello - one of my few visits to the Comic Forum!

Really should visit more often...

Anyway, to business. I buy quite a few books and stuff from The Signed Page (http://www.signedpage.com/); Shawn's a good bloke and has found me some quality stuff. He has emailed me recently to say that he will have signed copies of Marvel's Dark Tower / Gunslinger adaptation, and sounds pretty excited about it.

I must admit, the covers on site look very good,

http://www.signedpage.com/covers/isanove-gunslinger.jpg

and

http://www.signedpage.com/covers/isanove-gunslinger2.jpg
but does anyone else know more about them? (I am working through the Dark Tower series, proper so to speak). I understand they may fill in some other details about The Gunslinger too.

As a person who reads the comics rarely, (at least compared to the printed word), would anyone else care to tell me what they thought of these?

They look so good to me I'm tempted to buy....

Hobbit

kater
January 7th, 2007, 05:30 PM
I saw some early examples last year but have heard or seen absolutely nothing about it since then, I don't see how much more it can add to so complex a series but it'll be interesting to see how they cover some of the materials - the books are a bit mental after all :D

Rob B
January 7th, 2007, 07:31 PM
Being both a fan of Stephen King and a comic book collector, I might be the right person to answer this one...;)

OK, here's the skinny:
King is sort of overseeing this thing, the writing chores are being handled by Robin Furth (the compiler of the two official DT reference books) and none other than Peter David. This is good news - Peter David is a very good comic book writer, best known for his critically acclaimed 13 year run on The Incredible Hulk, a nice run on one of the (many) incarnations of Supergirl, some very well-respected runs over the years on Spider-Man, X-Factor, Young Justice and what many consider to be the definitive modern version of Aquaman. He actually made Aquaman respectable for a while and a relatively consistent seller. Basically, he has written just about every major character from DC Comics and Marvel comics. He has also written a number of adaptaions of comic book films, so the guy knows how to transfer stories between two different mediums.

The art is by Jae Lee, a very respected artist in comic circles. He hasn't done too much in recent years, but his style is well-suited to the story, I think. His only criticism is delivering material on time, but I've a feeling Marvel is scheduling this thing in order to be done on time. This is easily the biggest thing Marvel has got going on right now. They want to please the comic fans, but even more imporantly, they want to make sure they get the collected editions of these books into stores.

The story itself takes place before the events of book 1, showing how the young Roland became the Gunslinger. I would expect a bit of ovelap between events in thses comics and the fourth book Wizard and Glass, which contains a great many flashbacks.

Here are some links to stories on comic Web sites where more details are provided about my summation above:
http://www.marvel.com/darktower/
http://www.newsarama.com/marvelnew/King/stephen_king_marvel.htm
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2006-12-18-king-qa_x.htm
http://www.newsarama.com/JoeFridays/JoeFridays23.html
http://www.newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=65728

Protagonist
January 8th, 2007, 12:42 AM
I've been reading up about this for ages. It all sounds perfect to me, great artist, great writers and great concept. I've hunted down as much dark tower lore as I can being as it rocks and this sounds great!

Evil Agent
January 8th, 2007, 03:27 AM
These are definitely going to be worth buying, if you've read (and enjoyed) the books.

I heard something about Roland as a youth, fighting beside Alain and Cuthbert... sounds like good times.

Hobbit
January 8th, 2007, 04:16 AM
Thanks chaps - lots of details there.

Peter David's name I have come across before: he has written Fantasy and novelisations before (Babylon5 amongst others).

I am quite tempted by the series; they do look pretty good. And they add to the Gunslinger mythos as well....

Hobbit

Fuxxy Elf
January 8th, 2007, 10:07 AM
I understand that in the past week or so there has been a furore (sp?) about this comic since the preview images were made available. A bit here (http://comicsworthreading.com/2007/01/02/dark-tower-an-adaptation/) and some more here (http://ifdestroyed.blogspot.com/2007/01/randomiser-3-3-january-2007.html). But basically, there is some confusion whether it is completely new material or a version of one of the books with added bits. I have been looking forward to this and was not too bothered when it was revealed that Peter David rather than King himself would be writing them, I love Peter David's work at Marvel and with Star Trek so have faith there. I think since this has been delayed for so long, the original idea was a completely new prequel but given the success of Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show adaptation then Marvel might have decided to do a straight adaptation instead.

Guess we'll have to wait to February:rolleyes:

Hobbit
January 8th, 2007, 11:49 AM
Thanks Fuxxy - that's another point I was confused about, the release date. I was under the (wrong) impression that they were out already, having misremembered that they were delayed.

In which case, I would be interested what Forumites think when they are released.

Hobbit

thefalcon
January 10th, 2007, 01:36 PM
February? Yay, only one month to go!
Happy, Happy, Happy!
(Can you tell that I'm really excited? )

I first heard about these back in November, and I've been looking foreward to them ever since...However, the "Hot Comics" store I usually go to never has new comics in stock... it's really annoying. I'm afraid that I'll have to wait even longer to read these...:( :( :(

Monty Mike
January 10th, 2007, 02:08 PM
This looks interesting. I remember reading some speculation over an adptation of the Dark Tower into comic form, but it seemed inconclusive at the time. I think it was also when I was reading about a potential Magician comic, which, as we know, has now been realised - so it must have been some time ago. Anyway, now that it seems that this is also going to be realised I am fascinated. As much as anything, it's opened doors in my mind to the possibilities for other such projects. Potentially, if this is successful (which I assume it will be), there may be more titles out there which would work well given the time and effort.

What more, I have a friend who loves the Dark Tower series and as of yet I haven't bought him a christmas present. Muahahaha! :D