The Dark Tower 3: Treachery

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Better than the previous series

Sometimes hard to distinguish characters

 
Comic Info

Comic Name: The Dark Tower: Treachery

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Peter David/Robin Furth

Artist: Jae Lee/Richard Isanove

# of Issues: 6

Release Date:  2009

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The Dark Tower: Treachery #1 Variant

Reprints The Dark Tower:  Treachery #1-6 (November 2008-April 2009).  Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain are back in Gilead, but Roland is keeping a secret from his father.  He has become obsessed with Maerlyn’s Grapefruit and sinks deeper and deeper into its control.  The forces of Farson are also moving in on Gilead with spies infiltrating the kingdom.  Cort’s niece Aileen also is dealing with being trained as a gunslinger, but not being permitted to be one since she is a woman.  As Farson’s men get closer to bringing down Gilead, an inside spy might be the key to the destruction of the kingdom.

Written by Peter David and Robin Furth, The Dark Tower Volume 3:  Treachery is a Marvel Comics limited series expanding upon Stephen King’s series of books.  Following The Dark Tower Volume 2:  The Long Road Home, the collection features art by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove.

The Dark Tower continues to explore unexplored areas of Roland’s story.  The characters of King’s fourth novel The Dark Tower:  Wizard and Glass have been expanded.  While I would love for the story to move forward, it does help develop the characters in a way that many comics can’t.

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The Dark Tower: Treachery #3 Variant

The story in this volume probably could be done in four issues, but like most of The Dark Tower series, it is drawn out.  The story at least covers this drawn out telling unlike the previous limited series which really dragged.  The infiltration of Farson’s spies plus Roland’s mother’s betrayal are a good set up for the final issue where everything comes to a head.  Add to that the interesting story of Aileen and Cort, and Aileen’s planned betrothing to Roland (who himself is still mourning Suzanne), and the story feels quite full.

Like always the fantastic art of the comic also helps move the story along.  The art is dark and broody…it needs to be, but a nice, bright opening spread on the first issue of the series is a good contrast to what is going on with the characters in the story.  It also shows the artists range…something that hasn’t been done much in the series.

The Dark Tower:  Treachery is a good set up for the next series.  Yes, the story could be condensed, but it still is a pretty satisfying read for fans of the Stephen King series or the average reader.  It is hard to jump on to The Dark Tower, and it is recommended to start with the first volume.  The series continues and the story moves forward…I just wish it would do it faster.  The Dark Tower 3:  Treachery is followed by The Dark Tower 4:  The Fall of Gilead.

Related Links:

The Dark Tower 1:  The Gunslinger Born

The Dark Tower 2:  The Long Road Home

The Dark Tower 4:  The 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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