It’s the return of the best-selling comic book series, inspired by Stephen King’s epic The Dark Tower! Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado. And the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are now in pursuit of Roland and his ka-tet Cuthbert and Alain. The friends are forced to flee into the desert with the deadly posse in hot pursuit….and Roland is in a coma! Don’t miss this opening chapter starring the Gunslinger whose quest for the Dark Tower will shake the foundation of reality itself!
After battling in Eyebolt Canyon, in The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, the young trio of Gunslingers must flee with haste and return home to Gilead.
However, before leaving, Roland stops in town to collect the remains of his fallen lover, Susan Delgado, from atop the Reap Night Bonfire. Suddenly, Roland yells, “It’s all your fault,” and shoots. Cuthbert, believing that Roland is shooting at Alain, tackles Roland to the ground but Alain recognizes Roland’s true target, the sphere known as Maerlyn’s Grapefruit; or rather, whoever may have been watching through it.
Unlacing the bag that contained the sphere, Alain peered in to survey the damage caused by Roland’s well-placed bullet.
To his bewilderment, the fragments of the shattered sphere had begun to re-form into an eyeball shaped creature. Alive and growing, the creature lashed out and attached itself to Roland’s face. Cuthbert and Alain struggled and finally removed it, the creature returning to its original form, but it was too late, Roland’s mind was already trapped inside Maerlyn’s Grapefruit. Alain tries to use his touch to release Roland but the spheres grasp is strong and trouble, in the form of the Hambry posse, is closing in fast. Picking up Roland’s body, the two Gunslingers run to their horses.
Gaining some distance by killing Clay Reynolds’ horse, Cuthbert and Alain move off onto a rocky path and follow it to a river. Cuthbert, in a prideful moment and against Alain’s warnings, jumps into the river in an attempt to ford it and is swept away in its strong current. Screaming for help and rushing towards a waterfall, Cuthbert is able to catch hold of a strong branch held out to him by Alain.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone, as the posse from Hambry follows the trio of Gunslingers, Sheemie follows the posse. However, being half-witted and troubled with guilt, Sheemie looses the posse’s trail and finds himself at an old run-down building with the sign, “Welcome to the Dogan,” across a fence. Unaware of the impending danger, Sheemie ducks under the fence, crosses to the building and climbs down its latter. Upon reaching the bottom, Sheemie finds a mummified corpse and, what with not being too bright, he spends the next twenty minutes trying to talk to it. Involved in his task at hand, Sheemie never even saw the robot in the corner until it was too late. “Sheemie wants to scream. But you know how sometimes you’re so damned scared that your throat closes up and no matter how much you want to, you can’t make a sound except a terrified squeak? It’s just like that.”
Additional Content: Welcome To The Dogan, Part I: The Ghostly Queen.