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Law of the Desert Born (Graphic Novel): A Graphic Novel
     

Law of the Desert Born (Graphic Novel): A Graphic Novel

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by Louis L'Amour, Charles Santino, Beau L'Amour, Kathy Nolan, Thomas Yeates
 

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The first graphic novel adaptation of the work of master storyteller Louis L’Amour is a dynamic tale of the Old West that explores the borderlands of loyalty and betrayal with the emotional grittiness of a noir thriller.
 
New Mexico, 1887, a land in the midst of the worst drought anyone can remember. Family histories and loyalties run deep, but

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The first graphic novel adaptation of the work of master storyteller Louis L’Amour is a dynamic tale of the Old West that explores the borderlands of loyalty and betrayal with the emotional grittiness of a noir thriller.
 
New Mexico, 1887, a land in the midst of the worst drought anyone can remember. Family histories and loyalties run deep, but when rancher Tom Forrester has his access to the Pecos River cut off by the son of his old partner, he convinces his foreman, Shad Marone, to pay Jud Bowman back for the discourtesy. Yet what starts as a simple act of petty revenge quickly spirals into a cycle of violence that no one can control.
 
Now Marone is on the run, pursued by a sheriff’s posse across a rugged desert landscape. Leading the chase is Jesus Lopez, a half-Mexican, half-Apache with a personal stake in bringing Shad to justice. Newly released from jail, trusted by no one, Lopez swears he’s the only man who can track Marone down. That may be true. But who will live and who will die and what price will be paid in suffering are open questions. Fate and the Jornada del Muerto desert possess a harsh justice that is all their own.
 
With a propulsive script from Beau L’Amour and Kathy Nolan, adapted by Charles Santino and illustrated in bold black-and-white by Thomas Yeates, Law of the Desert Born captures the dust and blood of Louis L’Amour’s West—a world where the difference between a hero and a villain can be as wide as the gap between an act of kindness or brutality or as narrow as a misspoken word.

Praise for Law of the Desert Born
 
“This actually may be the story’s ideal form, since the author’s son Beau came to realize that the core of the tale was the tense relationship between [Marone] and Lopez. . . . The graphic novel version provides room to develop this theme. Yeates’s black-and-white depiction of the rugged landscape and the hard-bitten characters is superb. The result is stunning and richly textured.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] interesting tale of range rivalries turned bloody . . . Fans of L’Amour’s stories should enjoy this work, adults or teens.”Library Journal
 
“Readers are in for a real treat—with an amazing level of detail and ambience that breathes new life into Louis L’Amour’s already stunning story.”Cowboys & Indians
 
“A masterpiece both in story and art that complements the mood.”It’s All Comic to Me

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
As modified from a rather sketchy short story with clear good/bad polarities, a defense killing becomes a revenge murder, with both sides breaching earlier traditions of give-and-take camaraderie among ranchers faced with unpredictable weather and other challenges of the 1880s cattle business. The result is a longer, murkier, and more interesting tale of range rivalries turned bloody. Plentiful backstory via flashbacks provides the history and earlier relationships of killer-on-the-run Shad Marone and the posse after him—especially the Mexican Apache half-breed Lopez, whose motives keep everyone guessing until the end. Yeates (currently Prince Valiant strip artist; Conan; Tarzan) supplies excellent genre-appropriate art. However, character clarity and atmosphere might have benefited from either sepia or two-color tones instead of gray scale. VERDICT The action favorites of pulp-Western megascribe L'Amour (1908–88) make ready fodder for comics. Here, the richer plot and characters from L'Amour's son Beau and collaborator Kathy Nolan add appeal and value in addition to the finely crafted visuals. Fans of L'Amour's stories should enjoy this work, adults or teens; plenty of gunplay and occasional strong language in both English and Spanish.—M.C.
Publishers Weekly
Revered western writer L’Amour finally gets the graphic novel treatment. At the opening of this engaging tale, a lone rider shoots down two men at a ranch house, then flees into the desert. Flashbacks reveal the killer’s motivations, as a posse follows him and civilized notions of right and wrong are left far behind. L’Amour dashed off the original yarn for a pulp magazine in the mid-1940s, and it has passed through several versions—an audio play, a screenplay, and comics. This actually may be the story’s ideal form, since the author’s son Beau came to realize that the core of the tale was the tense relationship between the murderer, Shad Marone, and Lopez, the Mexican-Apache tracker pursuing him; the graphic novel version provides room to develop this theme. Yeates’s black-and-white depiction of the rugged landscape and the hard-bitten characters is superb. The result is stunning and richly textured. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“This actually may be the story’s ideal form, since the author’s son Beau came to realize that the core of the tale was the tense relationship between [Marone] and Lopez. . . . The graphic novel version provides room to develop this theme. Yeates’s black-and-white depiction of the rugged landscape and the hard-bitten characters is superb. The result is stunning and richly textured.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] interesting tale of range rivalries turned bloody . . . Fans of L’Amour’s stories should enjoy this work, adults or teens.”Library Journal
 
“Readers are in for a real treat—with an amazing level of detail and ambience that breathes new life into Louis L’Amour’s already stunning story.”Cowboys & Indians
 
“A masterpiece both in story and art that complements the mood.”It’s All Comic to Me

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345538567
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
385,786
File size:
69 MB
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Meet the Author

The foremost storyteller of the American frontier, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation with his tales of the brave men and woman who settled the West. There are more than three hundred million copies of his books in print around the world.
 
Beau L’Amour is a writer, art director, and editor. He has written and produced several films including USA Network’s The Diamond of Jeru. Since 1988 he has been the manager of the estate of his father, Louis L’Amour.
 
Katherine Nolan has written for stage, screen, radio, and print. A fourth-generation Californian, she is passionate about frontier stories and the dramas of the West.
 
Charles Santino is a writer and packager of comic books and graphic novels through his studio Marshall Holt Entertainment, LLC. He has produced Ayn Rand’s Anthem: The Graphic Novel.
 
Thomas Yeates has been illustrating stories and comics for more than three decades, working on such properties as Tarzan, Conan, Swamp Thing, Zorro, and many others for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 22, 1908
Date of Death:
June 10, 1988
Place of Birth:
Jamestown, North Dakota
Education:
Self-educated
Website:
http://www.louislamour.com/

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Law of the Desert Born: A Graphic Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun, fun book! And the pictures are so well done! I plan on going back again and again to see the expressions on the faces of desperate men and women! You must see the way an arm lies upon a rail top or the way a man grips his gun that truly reflects the depth of the characters mood to understand how good the graphics really are! I hope another graphic novel is in the works cause I am ready to see the illustrated landscapes that Louis was so gifted in describing by the written word! Thanks Beau and company for renewing a medium that I had considered lost to the ages!