Best Shots Extra: Dark Tower: Treachery #1
by Lucas Siegel
Date: 10 September 2008 Time: 12:14 PM ET
Review: Dark Tower: Treachery #1
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: Treachery #1
Writers: Peter David and Robin Furth
Art: Jae Lee and Richard Isanove
From: Marvel ComicsThis third volume of The Dark Tower’s extended tale in comic format picks up just after the second. The connection won’t preclude anyone from enjoying this on its own, however, as David, Lee, and team craft another issue of this magnum opus masterfully. The book at this point is well established for most fans. The tale follows the early days of Roland Deschain and his original Ka-Tet. He and his friends return home somewhat victorious, enough so to gain the title Gunslinger full and fair. The title of this volume makes itself apparent late in this issue, giving readers a taste of what and whom exactly the “treachery” will be committed by. The art is predictably amazing. Lee and Isanove continue to put out the best art of their careers here. Really, ever panel of this book could be used in an art show. It’s dark, murky, and scary, but that’s exactly what this world is supposed to be. It is a world that has moved on, after all. The dialogue is dead on, and David has clearly grown completely comfortable writing in King’s unique method of speaking in Gilead. The story moves at a quick pace, but it feels accurate to the tale. There is just enough jumping around that all story elements are introduced without anything lacking in panel-time. The story-teller style of narration that King used for the Dark Tower novels is used more in the comics, and maybe a tad too much in this issue. It seems like an experiment, as it wasn’t as common in previous issues, or perhaps it was more about the catch-up mode. In trying to get new readers who may happen to pick up this #1 before reading the last volume, readers who’ve been with Roland all the way through may find that a bit jarring. Overall, however, David and Furth are clearly deeply entrenched in the world of the gunslingers now, and if they hadn’t hit their stride already, they certainly have now. Lan mentions in his review of Dragon Prince that there aren’t enough American fantasy comics out right now. This is certainly a great piece of fantasy writing, combining in just enough western and horror for good measure, as well. Fans of the books should love this comic. Others who haven’t tried the books or the comics should feel fine jumping into this first issue, with a warning that they’ll likely want to check out the first two volumes of this book, along with the seven novels. Another first rate first issue from this team, say thankee sai.