When it comes to beginning a story, the opening line is everything. In Stephan King’s Dark Tower series The Gunslinger opens as follows:
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed"
There are no words that have stuck with me long after finishing the story than those. Roland’s tale seems to end after two decades and 7 books. But that was before Marvel Comics got their hands on the series. Now a gorgeous comic book, the land of Midworld lives on. With Robin Furth helming the writing duties, this promises to keep the world alive and kicking well beyond King’s novels. Which for us, is a good thing.
Having just finished reading the first issue of this new comic book series, I can say without a doubt that we are in for some good times with this title. Robin Furth, does an excellent job of capturing the essence of King’s characters and brings them to life with both his own words and those of King. Sure, I’ve read this before, but seeing it in all its magnificence really adds to the experience. I am very excited.
If you have yet to read the Dark Tower series by King, you need not fear. Picking up this comic title will not ruin anything for you. In fact, I encourage new readers to read the original series (or listen to it in audiobook format) as they pick up new issues of this comic on a month to month basis. If you read at least one of the books a month you will be done just as the first story arc of the comic finishes up.
The first story arc of the comic will focus on the flashback sequence from the series’ fourth book, The Wizard and Glass. The first adventure of Roland and his first ka-tet. It is also the point in Roland’s life where he sees his destiny, the dark tower. A great way to introduce people to Roland. After that, where the comic book goes is anyone’s guess, but I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that I expect it to be a wonderful journey.