Book Review: The Dark Tower: Treachery

Treachery (2009) by Robin Furth, Peter David, Jae Lee and Richard Isanove Is the third compilation of the Dark Tower comic book series published by Marvel comics. The story follows Roland and his friends after having returned to their homeland and they prepare for their rite of passage ceremony. But not everything is well at Gilead. There are murderous plots in the works set in motion by Farson, the leader of the army wanting to take over Gilead. Will Roland and his friends survive the conspiracy?


This is one of the gloomiest graphic novels I’ve ever read. Illustrators created a dark place where everything is in decay. This is the prevalent idea in this graphic novel and they achieved it to an overwhelming degree. This coupled with the story elements have made it one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. This isn’t a bad thing though. All of these elements come together to create one of the most immersive reading experiences I’ve ever had. It’s a great accomplishment for any book.


The characters are well-defined and their actions are real. At times their choices reminded me of something out of a Shakespeare play. It’s similar to Hamlet, but with guns. Several times I found myself shaking my head and saying “no, man. Don’t do that.” For me, this means I care about the characters and want them to succeed. There is only one thing I didn’t like too much and it’s the illustrations. Maybe it’s a preference thing and nothing against the artists, but I just would have liked more details on some of the character’s faces. Everything else is perfect. The frame sequences are straight forward, the speech bubbles are in the perfect place. In other words, I knew who said what and when they said it. The color palette is not bright, but the color selection adds to the sad tone of the story.

Final Thoughts

I recommend this book to any Stephen King fans out there. The storylines in the book are not directly taken from the Dark Tower novels but rather provide backstory to Roland and his world. Don’t expect a happy tale though, prepare to endure a lot of sadness as the characters battle themselves and the evil threatening his homeland.

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