Marvel + Stephen King = Awesome - Understanding Eli

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Marvel + Stephen King = Awesome

I'm not really sure why it's taken me this long to talk about this but, here it finally is. This is the kind of news that really gets me going and February of next year is turning out to be a doozy. Of course, the main reason I'm excited about 02/07 is because of the Ghost Rider movie but, this King development is prime as well.

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It was announced early this year that Stephen King is teaming with comic megalord Marvel to create a 30 issue series based on Kings masterpiece 'The Dark Tower'. I've spent time time here talking about the DT series and how brilliant it is. I still haven't finished the latest 3 but, I'm positive they're as brilliant as the first 4 (which I'm currently reading again before moving on to the last).

Marvel Comics has tapped prolific author and veteran comic book writer Peter David to script the first seven issues of the ground-breaking new comic book series adapted from Stephen King'’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. The first issue is scheduled to debut in February 2007.

The series will expand the saga of KingĂ‚’s epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. The new stories delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga's mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself.

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The series was intended to start this year but it was later decided to wait until 2007 to release it, mainly to give the team enough time to do it right.

Stephen and Marvel have decided to push back the launch of the Dark Tower comic books to 2007. Given the size of the project and all the creative talent involved, I want to give the Marvel series all the room to breathe it needs and deserves,' said Stephen. 'I'’ve got so much else going on in 2006; —two novels coming out, CELL and LISEY'S STORY, and the work with John Mellencamp on 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.' The Marvel series is going to be a blast, and I want to have the time to enjoy it."

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I'm pretty excited about this project. Having King part of a universe that I'm already so in love with is just brilliant. And now, what I really hope, is that King takes on some of Marvel's horror comics. Even just a mini would blow me away... but, I wont get to ahead of myself. Let's wait until this series comes out first.

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