I haven’t revisited the novels quite yet, but The Long Road Home makes one thing clear: regardless, The Dark Tower is a series that’s best left entirely to Stephen King himself. The Gunslinger Born had some wonky lines as a result of its “adaptors” trying, and failing, to mimic King’s High Speech and narrative style, yet it sounded close enough that I applauded them for the effort.
With The Long Road Home, however, any resemblance the graphic novels once bore to King’s novels has been wiped out. No lines stuck out as particularly bad, like with the first volume, except that’s only because it was more uniform in its failure to replicate King himself. I’m embarrassed for Robin Furth and Peter David, to be honest.
The only one pulling his weight is Jae Lee, the illustrator. His illustrations start to run together some, the further in you get, but at least they look professional, which is more than I can say about the weak excuses for dialogue in particular in this volume. I don’t know who’s meant to be talking; whoever it is, they sure don’t sound like Roland and his fellow gunslingers.
Still, I’ll continue on to the next volume, though with immense trepidation. And I probably won’t stop until I’m done with them all, since I’m too much of a completionist to do otherwise. For my sake, I hope the other volumes are more like volume one, which was at least passable, and less like volume two.
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