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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Battle of Tull #5

October 17, 2011

Creative Director: Stephen King
Robin Furth
Peter David
Michael Lark
Stefano Gaudiano with Brian Thies
Richard Isanove
Joe Sabino
Cover Artist:
Michael Lark, Richard Isanove
Ralph Macchio
Marvel Comics

Roland Deschain was ready to leave the town of Tull, but Tull isn’t done with him. Silvia Pittston, the wild preacher-woman who communed with the Man in Black, leads the entire town in a frenzied attack on Roland, and the Gunslinger is forced to draw. The action is fierce, brutal, and swift, but the outcome can never be in doubt. It’s been some time since we saw the last Gunslinger really cut loose, and Lark and company do a fantastic job of showing the battle not just as a gunfight, but as a real tale of horror. Roland’s adversaries are crazed, wild, and the way he is forced to systematically gun them down isn’t really to watch. (Entertaining, but not fun. If that makes sense.) At any rate, this is the best installment of Roland’s story in quite some time. I don’t often mention the supplementary material when I review this issues, but this is an issue where it’s worth making an exception. Robin Furth, who was Stephen King’s research assistant for years before launching her own writing career, gives us something I find interesting not so much as a comic fan, but as a longtime follower of King’s work. The Gunslinger was originally published in 1982. In 2003, when the finale of the series was finally being prepared, King revised and re-released the first installment to bring it more in-line with the end of the series. In her supplementary article, Furth picks apart the differences between the two versions of the novel, particularly as relates to this section, the Battle of Tull. Although I’ve read both versions of the novel, I read them years apart and never attempted to compare the two, so the article is fascinating to me. A fan of King’s will find this well worth the read regardless of anything else.

Rating: 8/10

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