The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Battle of Tull #4
Creative Director: Stephen King
Plot and Consultation: Robin Furth
Script: Peter David
Pencils: Michael Lark
Inks: Stefano Gaudiano & Brian Thies
Colorist: Richard Isanove
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Cover Artist: Michael Lark & Richard Isanove
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Publisher: Marvel Comics
In this issue, Roland meets Silvia Pittston, the mammoth woman that Walter O’Dim (the Man in Black) took into his… confidence… when passing through Tull. Pittston, convinced that she is an instrument of God’s wrath and that Roland is an agent of “The Interloper,” has prepared for this moment, and it leads Roland into a confrontation even more horrible than he’s grown accustomed to.
This sequence, the story of Tull, is one of my favorite bits of The Gunslinger. There’s something about Pittston, something incredibly dark and powerful about the character, that makes her seem like a perfect foil for Roland despite her relatively small part in the grand mythos of the Dark Tower. Furth and David do a very good job of painting her as this sort of mad, fanatical type of woman, the sort that nobody wants to associate with if they can help it, whose very insanity is what makes her so dangerous.
The artwork, by Michael Lark and Richard Isanove, is still very good. The blend of horror elements with western has never been so effective as in this series, although I still feel like their Sylvia is a bit too attractive. Again, though, it’s been some time since I read the original novel, and I may simply be misremembering her description. In my head, though, she was always a more hideous sort.
At any rate, the book is very strong, very effective, and very entertaining.