This week, we spotlight the impressive, genre-bending graphic novelization of Stephen King’s popular dark fantasy/western fiction series.
As most of you likely already know, “The Dark Tower” is a series of books written by horror’s favorite author, Stephen King, and that this series slightly strays away from the typical horror scenarios you would usually be able to find in a King novel.
In the “Tower” series, we are introduced into a different idea, one that combines fantasy, magic, Westerns and the real world in order to create a highly entertaining and addictive story that will leave readers wanting more.
The graphic novels took a bit of a different approach from the novels, however, and decided to begin by using a series of flashbacks in which the story’s protagonist, Roland Deschain, reminisces on in a couple of different novels. This gives the character a relatable background, explaining what he is doing and why.
As the series progresses and the memories run dry, writers began using the novels in order to continue the series. I personally enjoyed the “prequel” to the series. But “The Gunslinger” is when you start getting into all the good stuff King’s writing has to offer.
Combined with a unique artwork, the graphic novel is truly able to grip the feel of fantasy — all while dragging you in for an exciting read.
As an added bonus, if you’re looking for something that isn’t just the same old story, later issues of the series begin going into their own unique place, expanding the universe as a whole.
NEW THIS WEEK
LOST CITY EXPLORERS
Creator: Zack Kaplan, Alvaro Sarreseca
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Lost cities aren’t just the stuff of myths. They exist hidden right under our noses. But when a mysterious expedition is disrupted by supernatural activity, and an antiquities professor goes missing, his teenage daughter and her friends must become underground urban explorers, follow his tracks on a coming-of-age journey through subterranean tunnels, and ultimately find the holy grail of lost city: Atlantis buried right under New York City!
Explore science fiction and archeology in this new adventure series by Zack Kaplan (Eclipse, Port of Earth) and Alvaro Sarraseca (Magnus, Turok).
Creators: Christopher Sebela, Josh Hixson
Publisher: Image Comics
Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or even reveal who she truly is. Now she’s coming back in a boat covered in blood to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.
Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (High Crimes, Heartthrob, We(l)come Back), JOSHUA HIXSON (The Black Woods) and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Felix & Macabber) bring you a tale of revenge, family, and identity that stretches from the deck of a ship outside Shanghai all the way to the bleak streets and secret tunnels of Portland, Oregon.
RIVERS OF LONDON WATER WEED
Creators: Ben Aaronovitch, Christopher Jones
Publisher: Titan Comics
When two of the less well-behaved river goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, Peter Grant and Bev find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!