Book Review: The Way Station

Robin Furth’s The Dark Tower: The Way Station (2012) is a graphic novel based on Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels. In this iteration of the graphic novel series we find Roland—the protagonist—as he searches for the man in black. His hunt takes him across a strange land filled with dangers and unseen enemies. His journey takes him to a way station where he meets a friend. Will they be able to over come whatever the land throws at them.

Light But Right

One of the cool things about this book is the economy of words. Furth did a fantastic job at achieving the perfect balance between dialogue and story. She managed to pull the reader into the  story in a most natural way. Not much long after you begin reading, you are invested in Roland’s mission. It’s not a long graphic novel, but it is a dark one. We all know whits: if it comes from Stephen King, it’s going to be freaking scary. If you don’t like horror stories, I recommend you skip this book. Some of the elements present in the other series are also here: dry scenery, horrifying monsters and the hint that the world Roland is fighting is just around the corner.

Final Thoughts

I recommend this book if you’ve already started reading the others in the series. You don’t need to have read the novels to enjoy these graphic novels, but you’ll understand Roland much better if you do.

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