Friday, October 28, 2005

Resurrection of The Tower

The Dark Tower series is possibly my favorite serial literature of all time. Written by Stephen King, its the story of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, and his quest for the tower of the title. It's very different from what you'd perhaps expect of King. Though it has it's horrific moments, its more firmly rooted in fantasy.

Marvel comics is publishing a new Dark Tower story that'll come out as individual issues before being collected as a hardcover. According to AICN, it will focus on Roland's early days as a gunslinger, a kind of knight, and the last days of his homeland. If you've ever enjoyed a fantasy novel, a western, or King's novels in general you should give the series a try. The widely-circulated common wisdom that its best to start with the second book in the cycle (The Drawing of the Three) is probably correct. The first book, The Gunslinger, is dry and a little clunky, but King comes into his own in the Drawing, and it remains the second best novel in the series for me (bested only by Wizard and Glass, the fourth).

Check out that art. That's Jae Lee, doing what appears to be the finest work of his career. Yum.

(image courtesy of AICN)


At 3:42 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

That would be 87 kinds of cool. Actually better than a Tower movie, though not as good as I imagine a HBO miniseries would be.

At 11:21 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

The HBO miniseries is sort of an all-purpose holy grail, no?

But frankly, I'd be happy never to see the books adapted for the screen; big or small.

The press release says its an "ongoing series," which means, hopefully, that we'll be getting a long, involved story and not a compressed, unsatisfying miniseries (see: Serenity)

At 10:42 AM, Blogger David Wester said...

I wonder if these are supposed to take place during Roland's next run through the story... i.e. will he have that horn?

At 2:31 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Hey, David. Welcome to Codemorse.
Interesting speculation, there. I'm thinking it'll just be a prequel, but since the press release labels it as the "next Dark Tower novel," it's a possibility. The ending to the last book was haunting, and quite possibly the most horrific one King's ever devised. April is too far away.

And for future posters: Try not to spoil the book's plot points without labeling your spoilers.


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