So another great issue in the chronicles of the Gunslinger. Wow. Once again high marks to taking the most important parts of Wizard and Glass and bringing it to life in this graphic novel. We see that Roland’s father is not so inept that he does not realize what his wife has been up to for a couple of years now. Which kind of begs the question what was he thinking by letting it go on. I see some parallels to King Arthur and Guinevere here in this whole story-line, except our version of Lancelot (The Man in Black) is evil and is all about the destruction of Gilead.
We see in this issue Roland’s father sending him away for his own good, while doing what he can to help out Gilead. Though Roland doesn’t want to be sent away, he realizes that he needs to because he has shown his hand to The Man in Black.
I kind of thought Roland’s dad was a hotter and more grizzled version of Chris Pine in like 20 plus years. So I am good with that. I still feel pity for Roland’s mother. Man, that ending scene when he made sure he said what he did in order to hurt her….dang. I maybe sniffled.
We get a look at the Crimson King in this one. And yeah, I maybe had a nightmare about a giant spider thing with a human face trying to eat me. You’re welcome. There is a lot of gruesome to see that is happening throughout this issue. Though the part where The Man in Black turned people into dogs was kind of funny. I don’t think it was supposed to be.
And we get our first look at Roland’s one true love, Susan Delgado. I felt myself feeling sad for this character all over again. And once again getting to see what Rhea of Coos looks like. And that whole scene where she “checks” Susan, yep still gross and awful. And you get more of Susan’s desperation with having to offer herself up as a “gully” to the Mayor of Hambry.
This issue ends on a nice cliffhanger with Susan fleeing in grief and coming upon our Roland for the first time.