Book: Dark Tower: The Drawing Of The Three – The Prisoner #1
Writer: Peter David and Robin Furth
Art: Piotr Kowalski
Summary from Comixology:”Meet Eddie Dean, a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds. Can he survive family tragedy, haunting addiction, and the deadly forces that conspire to stop him from growing up to challenge the Man in Black? If you thought the badlands of Mid-World were dangerous, just wait until you experience Brooklyn in the 1960s!”
Let me start off by saying that “the Dark Tower” is one of my favorite book series. The novels are a mind-blowing genre mash-up of western, fantasy, and horror that kept me entertained through seven (now eight) progressively longer tales. The series kick started my brief literary affair with Stephen King that I held throughout a majority of my college years, and a while after. If you are looking for a novel to pick up, I recommend giving the Gunslinger a try.
This comic series is based off the second book in the franchise, The Drawing of the Three, which follows Roland (the main protagonist of the Dark Tower) as he gathers his Ka-tet that will help him save the Dark Tower and everything. The Prisoner refers to Eddie Dean, a drug addict that must overcome his addiction to become an important piece in Roland’s quest to the Tower.
Its been several years since I read through the Dark Tower, but when I opened this comic I was immediately drawn back into the fold. The story starts “in medias res,” meaning that it throws the reader into the middle of the action (I use the term “action” here loosely, but we will get to that momentarily). The art is solid and full of subtle references to King’s universe, which made this a very nostalgic read for me.
Overall, the book stays very true to it’s source material. Robin Furth, one of the writers, has been a personal research assistant to Stephen King, and is responsible for the comprehensive guide to the Dark Tower, The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance. The concordance is longer than a lot of stand-alone novels and is a really in depth guide for those trying to keep all of the characters, locations, definitions, and explanations of pivotal terms used throughout the seven book series.
I didn’t find anything wrong with this issue personally, BUT I think those unfamiliar with the Dark Tower might be a bit… perplexed. This book is slow, and it is dark. Obviously, the dark tone is pulling directly from the tone of its source material, but be advised, the mature rating is there for a reason. As far as the pacing of this particular issue goes, it does feel slow. If you are a bigger picture person, you will realize that this is purposeful, but that doesn’t mean you will necessarily enjoy the process if you aren’t an avid reader of King’s “Magnum Opus.”
The Final Say
This is the first issue of a five issue run, meaning there is a lot of room for the story to grow. Judging from the preview in the back, we will get to see a lot more of King’s world, and a lot more action. I give this book a 3 out of 4. I would rate it higher, but I think this story will appeal more to those that are already fans of the Dark Tower.