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on 20 June 2013
I love the way the comics, I now have up to the one following this one in the series, cover the time leading up to the start of the books. The art work is superb and the the story moves along at a pace. I find, once I start one, I can't put it down till I've finished it.

Another great touch is the way the fill in text talks to you direct, not just an anootation explaining an event or bridge from one scene to the next.
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This is the fifth book in the Marvel Dark Tower series so far, brilliantly scripted by Peter David and illustrated in full colour by Richard Isanove and Jae Lee. The plot doesn't have the same depth as the original books, but nothing significant is left out. This book collects the 5 issues of the Battle of Jericho Hill in their entirety and features the covers of the original issues in the back of the book.

It has been nine years since the Gilead was overthrown by the Crimson King and slow mutants have claimed the ruins for their own. Thrown out into the wastes, whats left of the Affiliation of Gunslingers have regrouped and begun training new recruits, raising an army to shake off the oppresion of mid-world by John Farsion's faction. Treachery is afoot amongst the Gunslingers and when mid-world is shaken by the breaking of a beam that holds the fabric of reality together, it strengthens Roland's resolve to reach the Dark Tower and end the Crimson King's reign of terror.

Graphic novels in the series so far - in order;
Gunslinger Born #1
The Long Road Home #2
Treachery #3
The Fall Of Gilead #4

Excellent animation with a story that really draws you in - although newcomers to this graphic novel series will want to begin at the start. The reason I have only given this 4 stars and not the universal 5 star reviews this series receives is that in this particular instalment there is not a great deal of story progession at all. Still recommended!!
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In the comic books adapted from Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series, Gilead has been crumbling away for a long time now... but it's still a wrench when it's gone. And in "Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill," we see what is left after it falls -- a wrenching bloody battle, a bleak rotted world, and the strength of a young man who loses everything.

Gilead is gone forever, Midworld is "dying," and the only remnants of it are Roland Deschain and his ragtag ka-tet. Roland's plan: to reach the legendary Dark Tower and use its power "to set things aright," by following the Beam. And nine years later, Roland and the ka-tet reunite on Gilead's ruins, and form a half-hidden rebellion bent on bringing down Farson.

But he is not the only danger to them -- slow mutants, crazy cults, bandits. Worst of all, one of Roland's men has been blackmailed into a treacherous pact with Walter O'Dim, and for the sake of his child he has turned against his own friends. And at long last, the battle comes to the ka-tet at Jericho Hill...

There's a line in the fourth chapter that sums up this entire comic book -- "Sometimes you think you see the light, and you think the dawn is coming... and so you don't realize that, in fact, the darkness is laughing at you because it knows it's closing it." At first it seems like the worst is behind Roland and Co., and there might even be a small sliver of hope.

But of course, anyone who knows what's ahead for Roland knows what will happen in this story. Using King's book as source material, Robin Furth produces four chapters of Robin-Hoodesque fighting and training in secret, and a fifth chapter that is the stuff of Shakespearean tragedy -- murky, blood-spattered battles in which Roland loses even more people that he loves. Yet nothing will break the gunslinger's spirit.

Along the way, we see some grotesque glimpses of the ruined Midworld (a religious sacrifice upon a gas pump), countered with some devastatingly beautiful moments, such as Roland's final moments with Bert ("Then blow that damnable horn"). Most of the gritty, realistic artwork is cloaked in shadows and silhouetted by red mist -- perhaps meant to show the Crimson King's power growing.

Problem? The first fifth of the graphic novel is a rather fragmented, talky part, mostly used for exposition rather than storytelling.

Just when it seems that things are getting better for Roland and his ka-tet, the events of "Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill" slowly grind them into the dust. A powerful, bittersweet piece of work.
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on 29 August 2010
This volume felt a little anti-climatic. The previous volume was brilliant and a real sense of significance and urgency came across well. This one is a little bit of a let down. The plot is practically the same as the others in terms of a hero is blackmailed into helping the villains. Also, I'm not so sure how Roland survives at the end. The art is very good & approporiate though. I'm still looking forward to the next volume but I hope it picks up again.
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VINE VOICEon 20 August 2010
Volume Five of Marvel's Dark Tower series is the latest in the series. As an aside, I strongly suggest the buyer invest in the first four volumes all available at Amazon and at reasonable prices. As a collection of hardback graphic novels, Peter David and Robin Furth's interpretation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower can only be described as quite remarkable. Accompanied with artwork from Jae Lee and Richard Isanove the overall presentation of the story is quite outstanding. Fans of Stephen King will find these volumes true to the original story and I suggest they should be read slowly and the artwork appreciated as the story progresses.
Unlike some recent graphic novels from Marvel (eg Vampire Tales), this graphic novel retains the original size of the partwork publication and the covers of the mini series are beautifully re-presented at the back of the volume. The book is wrapped in cellophane and has a wonderfully painted dust cover.
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on 16 February 2011
you will know how good this stuff is by now ,get your friends to help roland find the tower ,long days and pleasant nights.
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