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Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #5 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #5 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Long Road Home #5 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on July 2, 2008
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 28
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
three-stars

With Roland's spirit still trapped in the court of the Crimson King, the Dark Ruler makes the young gunslinger a shocking offer that may cost the last line of Eld his eternal soul.

Well this issue has Roland finally released from the mental clutches of The Crimson King and Marten Broadcloak. Roland is left changed by Susan’s death as well as Maerlyn’s Grapefruit. His two friends are worried for him and the fact that he knowingly holds back something from his father.

I am so confused still on what happened to Sheemie. And though we get a climatic battle it felt a little flat to me. Maybe cause I used to not be impressed when the X-Men would be fighting on the astral plane too.

I will say that I don’t get why Bert and Alain keep quiet a out Roland. I would have one hundred percent told on him. There friend is off and they keep their mouths close based on loyalty. But considering how much trouble Roland got them into, it feels false to me that Bert of all people would willingly go along with things.

It was good to see them ride into Gilead. Of course everyone is happy since Farson spread the rumor that they were dead. Eh as I said before I think the last issue and this one would have been better served combined. There was just something missing from these issues.

Roland comes face to face with his father Steven (raises eyebrow at King) and still doesn’t care what his mother is up to. One wonders what else is coming to bring down Gilead.

The extra in this issue goes into The Guardians of the Beam. I really wish the issue had gotten more in depth with each guardian though. It does give details on Maturin the Turtle Guardian.

“See the TURTLE of enormous girth!

On his shell he holds the earth

His thought is slow but always kind;

he holds us all within his mind.

On his back all vows are made;

he sees the truth but mayn’t aid.

He loves the land and loves the sea,

And even loves a child like me.”

I did love the callback to The Talisman and Black House talking about twinners too. By the way still annoyed years later with King not doing a follow-up to Jack Sawyer in The Dark Tower series since King alludes to Jack coming to the Gunslinger’s aid that was never followed up on. I hold on to the stupid dream that King does another Dark Tower novel the true final since we don’t see Sawyer in the final volumes and with the ending of the Dark Tower we know that things change for Roland.

three-stars

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #4 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #4 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Long Road Home #4 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on June 4, 2008
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 33
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

As Roland's spirit floats through todash space it is irresistibly drawn to End-World and the court of the Crimson King himself! There the young gunslinger comes face-to-face with the very embodiment of evil in its own domain. And for the last of the line of Eld there may be no way out. Meanwhile, on Mid-World, Alain and Cuthbert desperately struggle to protect Roland's unconscious form, and themselves, against a pack of ravening wolves.

This was good. I don’t know about the whole Sheemie thing that was included. I had to grab my hardcover of Wizard and Glass cause I literally had to go wait I don’t think this happened, did it? Like a dozen times. Because of my less than fawning slobbering over these issues I am going to see about trying to get the next issues in one volume if possible. One reason why I had to get the single issues was because my library didn’t have these available.

Issue four has Alain and Bert fighting off freaking wolves and along comes Super Sheemie to save the day. The only cool thing I loved was the Crimson King confronting Roland to his face. He definitely didn’t seem all powerful then, just very weak to be scared of a newly minted Gunslinger.

Even though the Crimson King throws down about not letting Roland see his true face, I thought he seemed small and bent. This one seems even shorter than the last issue.

The extra in his one just have details about Mid-World mutants. And yes the illustrations in some cases was a bit too much for me. Boo to spiders. Always. Then the extra delves into human mutuations as well.

four-stars

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #3 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #3 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Long Road Home #3 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on May 7, 2008
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 33
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

With Roland's consciousness trapped within Maerlyn's Grapefruit, his ka-tet companion, Alain, enters the mystical todash space in an attempt to rescue his friend. But as he and Roland flit in and out of alien dimensions, Cuthbert, the last member of their ka-tet, desperately tries to stave off a pack of slavering mutant wolves that have come to devour the unconscious Roland and Alain!

This one went to four stars with the story following Roland still enthralled and we get to see him standing and seeing a future event when he stands in front of the Tower (oh Oy). We also get to see adult Roland who is lost and alone. We only get to see his eyes and the rest of him seems to be swallowed in darkness. Constant readers know what happened to bring Roland to the Tower.

Of course this is just something for Marten to taunt Roland with in order to break Roland and force him to become a servant to the Crimson King. It’s like they just met Roland.

Cuthbert Allgood (notice the last name) and Alain are still trying to get back to Gilead and carrying Roland. Alain decided to once again do what he can to reach Roland and try to pull him out of Maerlyn’s Grapefruit. Poor Bert is left alone and realizes he’s in danger.

I thought Roland and Alain fighting off Marten in this otherworld was pretty boring. Those panels lacked the zap of the other issues. I just can’t take a man seriously that has pink lightning coming out of his eyes.

I will call bs on one scene with Roland and the narrative trying to explain it away. I rolled my eyes a lot.

Once again the extra saved this issue a lot. We get to see what becomes of Arthur Eld and his companions. Not going to lie though how they get out fo trouble made me scratch my head. I do think King should put something together (a prequel to the Dark Tower) that includes stories like this and explanations of people and places.

four-stars

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #2 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #2 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Long Road Home #2 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on March 5, 2008
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 31
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
three-stars

Roland's spirit is trapped inside Maerlyn's sinister Grapefruit and is taken on a terrifying journey to the outer reaches of End-World... to the harsh domain called Thunderclap!

This one feels even shorter than the last issue. We come across Sheemie who is changed by something in Dogan and  released. Then from there then we go to Alain, Bert and Roland as they still try to get Roland in his unconscious body back to Gilead.

Roland finds himself talking to Marten Broadcloak who threatens him.

Once again we find Alain and Bert doing what they can to keep Roland safe from harm.

I honestly found this issue to be a little drab unfortunately. All of the colors were muted except for Roland’s eyes which the illustrator depicted as pink and glowing (representing him inside Maerlyn’s Grapefruit). And I was amused by one of the writers deciding to have big bolded text spelled as KRAK and BLAM. Made me think back to Batman and Robin in the 70s TV show.

“As Roland wrestles with his inner demons, Alain and Cuthbert have problems of a more prosaic nature…”

The extra shows many in Gilead afraid that Arthur Eld is dead after following a ghost of his wife that was floating around. When he returns weeks later he appears to be bloodthirsty and kills anyone he comes across. Two of Arthur’s trusted companions, Sir Bertrand Allgood and Sir Alfred Johns decide that they will do what they can to save Gilead and find their king since they don’t believe he could be turned. I did laugh again at the illustration of these two men since they looked like Star Trek characters holding a sword and a gun. I’m sure that wasn’t the reaction the illustrator was going for. Still this extra made the issue for me.

three-stars

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on March 5, 2008
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 32
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado. And the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are now in pursuit of Roland and his ka-tet Cuthbert and Alain.

I found myself bored reading this and the next four issues. We get to see Alain and Bert do what is necessary to keep Roland safe after his mind and soul are absorbed into Maerlyn’s Grapefruit. Also if you are thinking of eating while reading this issue I say skip food. You get to see Susan’s remains and Roland cradling her.

There is some humor here and there with Alain and Bert trying to outrun the posse on their tails.

I am happy though this issue allows us to see how Alain and Bert function without Roland to direct him. We also see Sheemie have something done to him when he comes upon Dogan.

“But don’t be laughing at Sheemie, I beg ya, because he’s been through considerable trials.

First, he’s busy blaming himself for not protecting Susan Delgado from those who did her harm. See him clutching a fallen lock of her hair as if it were Susan herself?”

I am going to complain my Fire got funky this issue and when it tried to enlarge some of the panels it did the show them. I stead the screen went black and I had to keep scrolling forward which was a pain.

The extra in this one follows Arthur Eld still recovering from his Queen’s death and her murder from the child she bore. A ghost that is the Queen is seen around the castle and Arthur pities her. This ends with the King appearing to be in some sort of trap.

four-stars

Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #7 by Robin Furth

Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #7 by Robin FurthStephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #7 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on August 1, 2007
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 32
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
five-stars

It's the final chapter in the first arc of this top-selling title from the mind of Stephen King. Roland and his ka-tet have their long-awaited showdown with Eldred Jonas and the Big Coffin Hunters. And on the outcome of this fateful confrontation rests the future of Mid-world itself! Plus-the tragic conclusion of Roland Deschain's love affair with Susan Delgado and much, much more!

I know it’s stupid, but I was still hoping for a different ending. I remember crying reading Wizard and Glass years ago. Since this graphic novel follows Roland from this time then back to Gilead and how he comes to chase the Man in Black, it doesn’t tell it the same way the book does. So we don’t get to see Roland, Jake, Eddie, and Susannah along with Oy.

Due to Susan helping the boys get away they are able to slaughter all of the Coffin Hunters and Roland of the House of Eld puts an end to Jonas. Poor Jonas. Who only wanted to be a Gunslinger and who is then thrown out when he doesn’t pass his test.

“Apt last words, because the next moment, as Roland puts two bullets through his face…

Jonas will find himself standing before all the gods.

I’ll wager it won’t be a pleasant experience for Eldred Jonas.”

Then Susan’s aunt who is terrible is angered when Rhea comes to her and reveal what Susan did. From there we go back to the action of the Gunslingers and then the twin deciding that there will be a Charyou Tree and Susan will be the human sacrifice.

The illustration of her being set aflame was sad and we see that Roland due to collecting the globe can see her death. And then Roland’s friend stand by to give him comfort.

The extra in this one goes into Charyou Tree and how it affected Arthur Eld. No spoilers but it was pretty cool. We get to see how the Deschain line of Eld came into being. And we also see how a woman’s jealousy is maybe what brought the Crimson King to life.

five-stars

Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #6 by Robin Furth

Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #6 by Robin FurthStephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #6 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on July 4, 2007
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 45
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
five-stars

The Affiliation, the group comprised of Roland's father and his forces, are being lured into a fatal trap in the Shaved Mountains. With the Old Ones' weapons fired up by Hambry's oil, the Affiliation will be wiped out-unless Roland Deschain-the Gunslinger-can intercede in time! It's a story of love and betrayal from the heart of Mid-World, in this, the penultimate chapter in the first act of Roland's tale.

This was great. We have a confrontation between our Gunslingers with Roland finally realizing what a dumbass he was being. We also have our boys being delivered safely from harm due to Susan stepping up and kicking ass. She would have been a great ruler of Gilead. Her love of Roland has her doing whatever is necessary to keep him safe. Even killing people she saw as friends.

Eldred Jonas sets a trap (murder of the mayor) in order for the town to turn on the Gunslingers and kill them. If I didn’t find the mayor so repugnant I would have almost felt sorry for him.

“I hope you don’t hate me. I understand if you did. I’ve come into your plans…And between the three of you, as well…but I couldn’t help it. I love him.”

I am happy in the end the Gunslingers are joined together again with no split due to Susan. And Alain and Bert even love her a little too. We have Susan and Sheemie foiling plans. And then Eldred going to Rhea of Coos who is being eaten from the inside out due to her obsession with the glowing pink globe. Rhea of course sees what has happened due to Susan and this leaves Susan and the baby she carries in danger.

The extras in this issue give you the backstory to Charyou Tree. I’m going to go ugh here since it was pretty graphic and I thought I could smell something burning. I also love we get more insight into Arthur Eld with these stories. Did King ever published a backstory to Gilead? He needs to. Then the next two extra gets into a Gunslinger’s guns and the different levels (Apprentice, Novice, and Gunslinger). Then they go into the Guns of Deschain. We close with the Gunslinger’s Litany.

 

five-stars

Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5 by Robin Furth

Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5 by Robin FurthStephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on June 6, 2007
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 44
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
five-stars

Just outside Hambry, Roland makes a monstrous discovery: The evil Farson and his Coffin Riders have stolen the awesome weapons of the Old Ones and now have the oil to power them and launch an attack against the Affiliation-a group which counts among its members Roland's father, Stephen Deschain! And, at just the wrong time, the young gunslinger's ka-tet may be splintering, when Cuthbert accuses Roland of cowardice and rides off on his own. Things are going sour in Mid-World, sai.

Once again another great issue. We have Roland come clean to Susan about who he is. The two finally make love and with that one act Susan is doomed. We then have Roland go back to Alain and Bert and discover what the Coffin Hunters are up to.

I love that these issues give you more back story on certain characters besides hitting the high notes of Wizard and Glass.

And you can see how easily the ka-tet of Roland, Alain, and Bert are broken due to Roland’s love of Susan. One wonders what would have happened if King had chosen to end the store differently.

Once again the story flows easily. The illustrations are top notch. I love the colors and the sense of movement you get with regards to people’s clothes. You also see the illustrations always have Roland almost always has his face in shadow or you just see his silhouette.

The issue ends with Marten Broadcloak coming to ensure that Farson wins and our Gunslingers die.

“Marten Broadcloak…The right hand of Farson…and the left nut of Satan hisself.”

I definitely love the extras you get with these issues which is why I keep buying them solo. This one goes into the childhood of Rhea of Coos. Guess what she always sucked. But you get to see what turned her truly evil. Then we get a panel on King before we get an in-depth look into how Eldred Jonas turned corrupt. On can’t help feel sorry for him after losing when it came time for him to prove himself a true Gunslinger.

 

five-stars

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #4 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #4 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (4 of 7) by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on May 2nd 2007
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 48
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
five-stars

Young Roland Deschain seems willing to put his friends in deadly danger by staying in Hambry when his relationship with the beautiful Susan Delgado deepens. Meanwhile, the evil Marten Broadcloak's agents -- a.k.a. the Big Coffin Hunters -- are zeroing in for the kill on Roland and his ka-tet. Another glimpse into the early years of the world of Stephen King's masterpiece, The Dark Tower. Plus, as an added bonus, more special extras than you can sling a gun at!

I have to say the art in these graphic novels showing how our Roland becomes the Gunslinger that many long time King fans know and love is awesome. In issue #4 out of 7 in the first part of the series we have Roland and Susan admitting that something is between them and Roland falls in love.

 

 

Of course long time readers know what is going to be happening next right? Cause if you don’t, I say look away. I am actually a bit nervous to read the final acts of Roland and his first kat-tet as they are investigating what is going on in Hambry.

One has to wonder though if Roland had not fallen in love, would the events that are coming happen? Is that why when we meet our Roland in “The Gunslinger” his heart has gone cold until he meets Jake. Sigh. I really have to re-read the series again. I am longing for it.

I don’t have much more to say that even though I liked this little interlude before the storm, it was obviously filler. The issue ends with Susan captured by the mayor who she has promised to.

The writing and art go hand in hand together which is why I am enjoying these issues so much. I finally went and bought the other ones and finished them the other day, just haven’t had a chance to keep everything updated.

These issues also have a lot of little extras that long time King fans will get a kick out of I think.

Idris Elba and Tom Taylor in The Dark Tower

 

Matthew McConaughey on the set of The Dark Tower, New York, June 30 2016

 

five-stars

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #3 by Robin Furth

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #3 by Robin FurthDark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #3 by Robin Furth
Published by Marvel on April 4, 2007
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 48
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
five-stars

Young Roland Deschain and friends have fled for the city of Hambry, as their home in Gilead is now too dangerous. But, once there, Roland learns to his horror that he is no safer. Hambry's leaders have switched allegiance and the assassins known as the Big Coffin Hunters have marked Roland and company for death! Plus articles and bonus features galore!

I am going on vacation tomorrow and bought the next two issues as a treat to myself. I told myself to just wait and finish them over the weekend. But I have poor impulse control when it comes to reading. I am still really enjoying seeing “Wizard and Glass” brought to life in this graphic novel. The dialogue, the artwork, etc. is really well done. I think the best part though is once again seeing characters we have had in our heads sketched out in this format. Even though our Roland is not a man yet, I can see his true age in his eyes when I am reading through this. I really want to get to “The Drawing of the Three” in graphic novel format though. I really want to see Eddie, Jake, and Susannah again.

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In this issue we get to see Roland and Susan Delgado formally meet and fall in love at first sight. I remember being a bit surprised by this as I read “Wizard and Glass” since the Roland we meet in “The Gunslinger” and “The Drawing of the Tree” seems too smart for that. We just got done reading about how he sacrificed his hawk David in his fight for his guns. I would also say that due to Roland’s mother affair, I am surprised he would be so willing to trust a woman anyway. The graphic novel gives more life to Susan than the book really does at times. Though I wish that the illustrators would have stopped with her being constantly swallowed up with fabric. It looks weird. Also, her eyes at times look “evil.” I don’t know what else to say about it. I don’t think they meant to do that (illustrators) but it looks odd at times when you see her face.

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I did notice though that the illustrators keep Roland (or Will Dearborn) in shadows for the most part. I thought that was a good idea considering all we know that awaits Roland in the end.

We get an up close and personal look at John Farrier looks like a demon. I remember the guy wearing a fright mask in the book. Either way, it looks a bit cartoonish in this.

The writing/dialogue I thought was pitch perfect. We get to see Roland and his original ka-tet strike their first blow against The Big Coffin Hunters. I still always feel a bit pained looking at Cuthbert who Constant Readers know is a twinner of Eddie Dean. I seriously am going to go back and re-read these books this year. Who knew how much I missed them.

The book ends on another cliffhanger though with The Big Coffin Hunters going after Roland and the others. And of course we have Roland feeling torn about Susan realizing that she is set up to ┬ábecome the mayor’s gully.

five-stars
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