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BOOK REVIEW by J.

dktgb_4Dark Tower Comic Books Series - Issue 4

Issue 4 begins with Susan Delgado riding her horse along the road when she meets up with Roland. He apologizes for his behavior at the party at the Mayor’s house, and she is astonished to hear that he has fallen in love with her. She tells him the number of horses that are available, and he tells her that the man who said her father died in an accident had told him a lie about the number of horses. She’s doubtful, but she cannot deny her attraction and falls into his arms.

Afterwards, Alain and Cuthbert are hiding guns in a farmhouse and talking about Susan and Roland. Roland comes up with a message brought by carrier pigeon that says that John Farson is moving his troops. Alain and Cuthbert are not sure what to do, but they wonder if Roland’s involvement with Susan Delgado will place the mission in jeopardy.

While this is going on, one of the Big Coffin Hunters, Roy Pepape, is on the trail of Roland and his ka-tet. He finds a drunk man who has seen three young men pass through. Unfortunately, he recognizes Roland and his companions and tells Roy, who kills him afterwards.

Marten Broadcloak goes to a refinery to meet with Lieutenant Latigo, who runs the refinery and employs mutants to do the dangerous work. Broadcloak warns him that gunslingers may be onto the plan, but Latigo assures him that he is well-armed himself.

The ka-tet is moving through the canyon where the thinny lives (in issue 3, Susan told Roland that no one left the canyon alive). They need to brave the canyon though, because part of their plan is to lead the enemy army through it so the thinny can destroy them. They confront the creature, which is more a presence that can speak words in their minds, and wants to assimilate all of them. But they manage to get through, and find oil tanks hidden behind rocks, which is just what they were looking for.

In the final scene, Susan is getting ready for a party she will attend with the Mayor, when he comes in and accosts her. The book ends with him standing menacingly above her.

After the main part of the book is over, we have Part 1 of a creation story called “The Laughing Mirror”, which has some beautiful illustrations. Next, we have a fascinating article about how a page in the comic is created, from a text description to script to initial layout to penciled art to the application of the letters and colors. If you ever wanted an illustration of how a book this beautiful gets made, this is a great place to start, and a fine resource for aspiring comic writers and artists. We finally get the second part of Stephen King’s panel appearance at the New York Comic Con in 2007, and then a preview of the cover art for Issue 5.

The level of art and writing in the book remains consistently excellent. There were a few more ad pages than I would have liked, they tended to break the flow of the story too easily, but they are fairly easily ignored. I am looking forward to the final three books in the series.