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Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill

The Dark Tower, Volume 5: Battle of Jericho Hill - Peter David, Stephen King, Richard Ianove, Jae Lee, Robin Furth Robin Furth has put forth an admirable effort over the course of this series. She mimics the voice well enough (you can almost hear King's voice in the narration), and has filled out the gaps in the story left by King, but I guess I just got used to the novel format and the depth that it provides. The illustrations are as beautiful as ever and as Roland's first tet approaches their destined end on Jericho Hill the sights gets gruesome and you become tense, but you just get the feeling that there's so much beyond the horizon waiting to be explored. The narrative at times is choppy and states the obvious, but I think that goes with the medium a bit. I just want more!

The only question really remaining is what exactly happened on Jericho Hill. We know from the DT series that it's where Roland's life really finally falls apart. It's where he lost his best friends, introduced to us in the fourth book of the series in an epic flashback that inspired this entire comic series. The story is great and it totally fits in with King's ideas and narrative structure, and I'm pretty sure he okay'ed it before it went to press too. But it just feels flat. There's no real emotional impact in the final pages that you'd expect from such a pivotal moment in the series.

To my dismay I also saw that they're planning on continuing the comic. For what??? This was the last remaining gap in the story really, and it looks like the next issues will pick up recapping The Gunslinger. I don't know how I feel about that.