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. With Farson’s assassins haunting the streets of Gilead, Roland and his tet-mates Cuthbert Allgood and Alain Johns must leave the city. Steven Deschain sends the boys to the Outer Arc town of Hambry, but Roland and his tet-mates soon discover that Hambry is not a quiet backwater but the heart of Farson’s war-machine—an obliterating juggernaut which has its sights set on Gilead.
So begins the epic war between Roland’s gunslingers and John Farson’s forces, a conflict whose battlefield moves from the Outer Arc to In-World and finally to the gunslingers’ heroic but doomed last stand at the Battle of Jericho Hill. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adapted from Stephen King’s novella of the same name, The Little Sisters of Eluria continues the tale of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger. While wandering through the Desatoya Mountains searching for the trail of the Man in Black, Roland comes across the deserted town of Eluria. The only living—or once living—creatures he finds are a dead boy, a limping dog, and strange, singing insects. But just as Roland tries to give the boy a proper burial, he is attacked by the mutant Green Folk and beaten into unconsciousness. When he awakes, he finds his wounded body suspended by white bandages in the hospital tent of the Little Sisters of Eluria. Despite the beauty and sweetness of Sister Jenna, the order’s youngest member, Roland soon discovers that the blood-hungry Sisters are not human at all.
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
Roland and Eddie are on a quest to find the 3rd member of their ka-tet. Enter Odetta Holmes, a wealthy, Civil Rights activist, living in the South. But Odetta has a dark secret--and to uncover that secret, Marvel takes you all the way back to the beginning...