Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Length: 120 pages
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 11th book in the Dark Tower Graphic Novel series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 3/5 stars
This book ties up the Gunslinger story of the Dark Tower Graphic Novel series. It is a compilation of three short stories that take place in the Dark Tower world. I really enjoyed Sheemie’s story, but the final two stories didn’t add a lot to the overall series for me.
This book features three stories. The first is Sheemie’s Tale which tells about what happened to Sheemie and how he ended up in the world where Roland faced off with the Spider King. The second is Evil Ground where an older Roland has a dream about when he was younger and him and his friends almost got eaten by ghouls. The third is The Fall of Lord Perth; in this story Roland tells a dying Eileen the story of the Fall of Lord Perth…which is basically the story about how one man can make a big difference against evil.
I really loved Sheemie’s tale; the illustration was really excellent and this story does a great job of filling a major gap in the Dark Tower Graphic Novel series. I had always wondered what happened to Sheemie and this tale answers that question.
The second story is okay, but pretty much just a flashback into some other horrors Roland has faced in his past. It was okay, but didn’t really add a lot to the world or the story.
The third story starts out sweetly as Roland tries to offer what comfort he can to a dying Eileen. The story itself though is pretty standard “ordinary man takes out extraordinary evil”, basically it’s a story about how one man can make a huge difference if they are smart and have the right skill set. Roland is using this story as an explanation to Eileen about how he thinks he can make a huge difference in the quest for the Dark Tower. Again, it was okay but not great.
Overall this was an okay collection of stories. Sheemie’s Tale is definitely worth reading, the other two are okay. If you are a fan of the series I would definitely pick it up and give it a read through. This wraps up the Gunslinger graphic novel adaptation. However, the story isn’t over. The first book in The Drawing of the Three graphic novel adaptation released earlier this year. I definitely plan on picking it up and overall have been very happy with the graphic novel adaptations of the Dark Tower series. I would recommend this whole series to graphic novel fans who enjoy dark fantasy.