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The Talisman: The Road of Trials #0

October 30, 2009

The Talisman: The Road of Trials #0 (Del Rey Comics)
By Stephen King, Peter Straub, Robin Furth, Tony Shasteen & Massimo Carnevale

Fabled book publisher Del Rey is getting into the comic book market, and they’re kicking it off with a tie-in to the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman. Like King‘s The Dark Tower, this book is a particular favorite among fans of the two authors, so it’s going to be a hard sell to some people. This issue seems to be a prequel of storts, telling a story about the father of the novel’s protagonist, Jack Sawyer, who (like his son) had the power to “flip” between our Earth and a fantasy world where he was a king. As a one-dollar preview, the book isn’t bad. It sets up the characters, although the mechanics of the two worlds aren’t really explained very well. Fans of the novel, of course, will need no explanation, but anyone who happened to stumble into this book otherwise may be confused. The artwork is good — it’s got a nice element of the fantastic to it, even when on the Earth. While this book isn’t a knockout punch, for a buck, it’s not a bad start.
Rating: 7/10

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