The Dark Tower 2: The Long Road Home

6.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Art: 8/10

Great visuals

Slow story

 
Comic Info

Comic Name: The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Peter David/Robin Furth

Artist: Jae Lee/Richard Ivanove

# of Issues: 5

Release Date:  2008

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The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #3 (Variant)

Reprints Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1-5 (March 2008-July 2008). Roland mourns for Suzanne as Alain and Cuthbert try to get him back to Gilead. When Roland’s mind is pulled in the Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, Alain and Cuthbert find themselves alone against the posse from Hambry. Roland is transported to the world inside Maerlyn’s Grapefruit and meets Martin’s lord the Crimson King. Now the only hope for Roland and his friends is Sheemie who has been transformed into a super-human…will they reach Gilead?

The second collection of Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Long Road Home shows a real slowdown from the first book The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born. Written by Peter David and plotted by Robin Furth, The Long Road Home shows a break from book series by Stephen King by presenting all new material not found in the titles.

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The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #4

The problem with this new material is it moves very, very slow. The stuff inside Maerlyn’s Grapefruit could have been one issue, but this whole series could almost have been two issues. Sheemie’s transformation seems quite random and his superhuman abilities don’t really have any definition. The story is important to Roland’s evolution and events that occur in following series, but it feels like it could have been wrapped up a lot quicker.

The art however is quite nice. Obviously, most of the art is devoted to character art, and background art does suffer a bit, but Jae Lee and Richard Isanove’s art really helps the series rise a step above many titles. Like the first book in the series, it was a little hard to distinguish the difference in appearance between Cuthbert and Alain since they have very similar features.

The Dark Tower 2: The Long Road Home hits some bumps, but it is a necessary step in the journey of Roland. The quest for the Dark Tower is a long one and with this series, the writers started to go down different paths. The Dark Tower series is long enough by itself that added stories aren’t necessary. At this rate it will be ten or fifteen years before the series is complete…if the series is complete with the fluidity of the comic market.  The Dark Tower 2:  The Long Road Home is followed by The Dark Tower 3:  Treachery.

Related Links:

The Dark Tower 1:  The Gunslinger Born

The Dark Tower 3:  Treachery

The Dark Tower 4:  Fall of Gilead

The Dark Tower 5:  The Battle of Jericho Hill

The Dark Tower 6:  The Gunslinger—The Journey Begins

The Dark Tower 7:  The Gunslinger—The Little Sisters of Eluria

The Dark Tower 8:  The Gunslinger—The Battle of Tull

The Dark Tower 9:  The Gunslinger—The Way Station

The Dark Tower 10:  The Gunslinger—The Man in Black

 

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