DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN coverIf you're like me --a huge fan of Stephen King's magnum opus The Dark Tower, but not a very big fan of comic adaptations unless the original author is writing the script-- you might have approached Marvel's Dark Tower series with some trepidation when it appeared earlier this year. If, like me, you ultimately decided to give the series a shot, I'd be willing to be that you, too, found it to be an outstanding achievement. King handed over the reins to his most personal work --though he was closely involved every step of the way-- to the crack team that Marvel had assembled, and in return Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, and Richard Isanove delivered a sumptuous feast for the fans, and a work of which King himself is justifiably proud.

Well, friends, as it turns out, the creative team was just getting warmed up. The original "Gunslinger Born" series is now available in a collected hardcover edition, and some tidbits about a second volume were revealed in the recent "Hot" issue of Rolling Stone (in which the Marvel book took the Hot Adaptation prize). According to that Rolling Stone piece, volume two is set to begin appearing in the spring and --here's the best part-- they quote artist Jae Lee as saying, "it's a hundred percent brand-new material ... Fans are definitely in for a surprise."

Can I get an "Amen"?

While we're on the subject, if you missed it previously, check out my report on the Dark Tower panel from this year's NY Comic-Con, which featured the entire creative and editorial team ... including the maestro himself, Stephen King.

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