Volume 1: The Road of Trials
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
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The spellbinding saga of The Talisman is now a stunning graphic novel, vividly illustrated by artist Tony Shasteen. Here’s a bold new look at the classic tale of treachery and betrayal that could only have sprung from the imaginations of master storytellers Stephen King and Peter Straub.
In a run-down amusement park on a desolate beach in New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Jack Sawyer is about to learn some hard truths—about his father’s death, about why he and his mother are on the run from his sinister uncle Morgan, and about the real nature of the mysterious realm Jack once called the Daydreams. Now, with help from his newfound friend Speedy Parker, this young man will reclaim his identity as Travellin Jack and make his first foray back into the Territories to retrieve the magical Talisman, an object of immense cosmic significance. Yet even more important to Jack, the Talisman holds the key to saving his mother’s life. In the Terrorities, where monsters lurk, evil watches, and an unbelievably precious prize awaits, Jack embarks upon a desperate quest to fulfill a destiny he never sought but cannot escape.
The Talisman: The Road of Trials comprises Issues 0 through 5 of the thrilling comic book series and features original, never-before-seen material, including interviews and early sketches. Be warned: Once you’ve seen the Talisman, nothing will ever be the same.
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Koko.
This book has been penciled and inked by Tony Shasteen, who has been an illustrator since 1995. His clients have included Coca-Cola, Nascar, Hasbro and DC Comics, among many others.
The script is by Robin Furth, who co-writes Marvel’s bestselling Dark Tower comics taking place in Stephen King’s Dark Tower Universe. She worked as Stephen King’s research assistant between 2000 and 2004.
Coloring is by Nei Ruffino (Issues 0–4) and JD Mettler (Issue 5). Ruffino is currently working on Blackest Night and Supergirl for DC Comics; her other projects have included Return to Wonderland and Dragonlance Chronicles. JD Mettler is an Eisner Award–nominated digital colorist who has worked on such projects as Superman, Batman, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Star Wars.