Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Length: 144 pages
Release Date: August 18, 2010
Stand Alone or Series: 5th book in the Dark Tower graphic novel series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the fifth book in the eleven book graphic novel series based on the Dark Tower books by Stephen King. This was an excellent installment in the series and moves the story along quite a bit.
Years have passed and Roland and his ka-tet have struggled to move on from Gilead and search out the Dark Tower. Just as things are looking interesting and Roland is preparing to take a stand against Farland, a traitor in their midst ruins all. This is the end of one era and the beginning of another.
I really enjoyed all the mythos about the Dark Tower and how its supports echo throughout the world. I also enjoyed all the action and fighting in this volume (there is quite a bit of it).
That being said this is probably the goriest and most depressing of the volumes yet. Although I was happy to see that Aileen was back in fighting style in this book and more than holding her own with her Gunslinging abilities.
Roland and his ka-tet are truly destroyed by a traitor in their midst and it is absolutely the end of an era. It leaves me very curious to see where the next volume will pick up.
I continue to really enjoy the detailed and full color illustration in this graphic novel series. These have been very well done.
Overall this was a well done continuation of this gritty western fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic type of world. I enjoyed the expanded mythos around the Dark Tower and am curious as to what the next volume will hold for us. I would recommend this graphic novel series to fans of dark fantasy.