The Dark Tower comics follow the adventures and trials of Roland Deschain, son of Steven Deschain, dinh of Gilead. At the outset of our tale, Roland is a fourteen-year-old gunslinger apprentice, goaded by his father’s treacherous sorcerer into taking his test of manhood years too early. Roland thinks that he is fighting for his father’s honor, but in truth Marten Broadcloak is in league with Gilead’s enemy, John Farson, and wants nothing less than to have Roland—the final descendant of Arthur Eld, the ancient King of All-World—sent west in disgrace. Roland wins his guns, but the price is high.
So begins an epic war. Over the course of the story, Roland transforms from the dinh of a faithful ka-tet to a war-hardened loner, searching for the Dark Tower and for his ultimate enemies—a many-faced sorcerer and his master, an immortal were-spider who wants nothing less than to destroy the Tower and swallow the wreckage of the multiverse.
Beginnings - The Gunslinger Born
The Gunslinger Born is an adaptation of Stephen King’s fourth Dark Tower novel, Wizard and Glass. It tells the story of Roland Deschain, a gunslinger apprentice who is goaded by his father’s treacherous sorcerer into facing his coming-of-age test at the unheard-of age of fourteen. Although Marten hopes that Roland will fail and be sent west in disgrace, Roland wins his guns and becomes a fully fledged gunslinger. But Roland’s victory puts his life in even more danger. Determined to save his son from Gilead’s many secret assassins, Steven Deschain sends Roland and two tet-mates on a mission to the Outer Arc town of Hambry. Posing as drovers, Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain must discover whether Hambry’s powerful Horsemen’s Association is still loyal to Gilead. But when Roland embarks on a forbidden affair with Susan Delgado, the mayor’s future jilly, he discovers that Hambry is not the safe backwater that his father thought it to be. Like the evil seeing sphere that the town’s ancient witch hides beneath the floorboards of her bedroom, all of Hambry has sold its soul to Gilead’s enemies.
Beginnings - The Long Road Home
Accused of treason, Roland’s lover Susan Delgado has been burned on a Charyou Tree fire. Despite his grief, Roland must now travel as fast as he can to Gilead, so that he can deliver the dangerous seeing sphere, Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, to his father. But the treacherous Grapefruit has its own plans and traps Roland’s consciousness within its dangerous pink dreamscape. While our hero battles the demonic beings within the Grapefruit, Cuthbert Allgood and Alain Johns must face the dangers of the long road home to Gilead, all the while guarding their young dinh’s body against the human and mutant forces conspiring to destroy them all.
Beginnings - Treachery
Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain have returned safely to Gilead . . . or have they? Roland is still enslaved by Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, and he refuses to tell his father about the sphere’s existence. Cuthbert and Alain have been declared gunslingers, but now must face the raging jealousy of their fellow apprentices who feel that Roland’s tet-mates have won their guns dishonestly. Steven Deschain is gladly awaiting the return of his wife, Gabrielle Deschain, who seems to have renounced her former lover, Marten Broadcloak, enemy of Gilead. But Gabrielle’s illicit love is too strong to renounce, and she sets off a chain of events that prove disastrous for herself, for Roland, and for Gilead.
Beginnings - The Fall of Gilead
Tricked by the glammer of the evil seeing sphere known as Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, Roland has murdered his mother. But while Roland awaits trial, Farson’s forces infiltrate the city. One by one, the elder gunslingers are assassinated. Now Roland and his tet-mates must defend the city by themselves. Our friends are greatly outnumbered. The secret weapons built into the city by Arthur Eld himself may prove their only salvation.
Beginnings - Battle of Jericho Hill
Gilead has fallen to Farson’s hordes, now Roland and his tet-mates must wage a guerilla war against Mid-World’s enemies. Thanks to their gunslinger training, they inflict terrible damage upon Farson’s forces despite their small numbers. But when one of their men turns traitor to save his wife and child from certain death, the tide turns against our knights of the White.
The Gunslinger - The Journey Begins
In a hut on the edges of the Mohaine Desert, Roland Deschain—the only survivor of the Battle of Jericho Hill—tells a desert dweller named Brown about his return to the haunted ruins of Gilead, and about the ghosts and the mutants he battled there. He also tells about his friendship with a bumbler, and about the invisible Not-Men he battled in a place called Kingstown so that he could save the life of a girl named Susan.
The Gunslinger - The Battle of Tull
While following the trail of the Man in Black across Mid-World’s endless desert, Roland stumbles into the rundown town of Tull. Despite the hostility of the townsfolk, Roland stays a while, becoming the lover of Allie, the local honkytonk’s barkeep. But unbeknownst to Roland, the Man in Black has filled the town with traps. First, there is the weedeater named Nort, whom the Man in Black has raised from the dead and whose mind contains a secret horror. But worse yet is the town’s poisonous preacher woman named Pittston. She believes that the Man in Black has impregnated her with a divine child, and that Roland is the Interloper who has come to destroy it.
The Gunslinger - The Way Station
In the speaking ring, what does the succubus have planned for the Gunslinger? Roland must leave Jake to see the Oracle, but will he survive the experience? Is Roland any closer to the Man in Black, or is he only getting closer to his own demise?
The Gunslinger - The Man in Black
Roland and Jake follow the Man in Black into the tunnels of the Cyclopean Mountains. There they find the ruins of a civilization much like the one Jake left in his home world. But these mountain tunnels are full of mutants that answer to Roland’s enemy. Will Roland finally be able meet the Man in Black face to face? And if he does, will it be at the cost of Jake’s life?
The Gunslinger - Last Shots
The mentally handicapped young Sheemie possesses the power to shatter the very Beams of the Dark Tower - the fulcrum of existence itself. But Sheemie doesn't want to destroy reality. Imprisoned at Devar-Toi, all he wants is to be rescued. Roland Deschain is coming for him, but can Sheemie survive animal-headed guards and the monstrous Great Old Ones? Plus: In the Desatoya Mountains, Roland finds a haunted camp and relives a past adventure during which he and his ka-tet were trapped by supernatural enemies. How did the young Gunslinger survive the sinister assault? Finally, how does the Gunslinger's quest echo the legendary battle between a young Arthur Eld and a towering Lord Perth? Find out here!
Collecting DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER - SHEEMIE'S TALE #1-2, EVIL GROUND #1-2 and SO FELL LORD PERTH #1.
The Drawing of the Three - The Prisoner
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!
The Drawing of the Three - House of Cards
Eddie Dean, the troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds, has smuggled narcotics from Nassau to New York City, but now has to escape a packed airplane guarded by armed Custom Agents! How will Eddie avoid prison and yet also fulfill his contract with the dangerous mobster Balazar? The answer lies in Mid-World, and with a dying gunslinger named Roland! The second chilling chapter begins with writers Peter David and Robin Furth and artist Piotr Kowalski.
The Drawing of the Three - Lady of Shadows
The Gunslinger Roland and his companion Eddie Dean, the troubled young man with the ability to open doors to other worlds are now united. Together, they will find the Dark Tower. But first they must locate the 3rd member of their ka-tet, residing in our world. Enter Odetta Holmes, a wealthy, Civil Rights activist living in the South. But Odetta has a dark secret, and a darker side. To uncover that secret, we’ll have to go back to the beginning…
The Drawing of the Three - Bitter Medicine
The Gunslinger has taken Odetta Holmes to Midworld to join his quest to reach the Dark Tower. But little do Roland and Eddie know that Odetta has a dark side that poses a threat to everything!