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A series of prequel comics to Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Originally published by Marvel Comics and later republished by Gallery 13.

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The Dark Tower comic series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the novels, John Farson is an ambiguous figure who never appears on the page. He's responsible for the destruction of Gilead... but his numerous followers call him The Good Man, and for all we know he may have had legitimate grievances with the gunslingers. In the comics, we actually get to see him, and he's a psychopathic tyrant who decapitates prisoners to play baseball with their heads.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Pretty much the entire purpose of the series. It expands on Roland's past, particularly the fall of Gilead.
  • Beauty = Goodness
    • Susan Delgado is, by far, the nicest and most attractive character in the series.
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    • Subverted with Aileen when she decides to adopt a more butch look.
  • Big Bad: The Crimson King, natch. "The Good Man" John Farson plays a much bigger role in this.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: The comics are expanded adaptations of Roland's flashbacks in the main series.
  • Canon Discontinuity: King's interquel The Wind Through the Keyhole effectively negates much of the background material introduced in the comics; for example, in the comics, Maerlyn is effectively the Big Bad responsible for the origin of nearly every source of evil is, in Keyhole, a he's a kindly old wizard who is vulnerable enough to be imprisoned for years in the form of a 'tyger'. In response, Robin Furth wrote in the appendices that the comics take place on a different level of the Tower than the novels and are thus not a direct prequel.
    • Although, when one connects the dots, the above changes don't appear to contradict very much, if any, of the original novels' material. It's already made known in both the novels and the background lore of the comics that Maerlyn eventually retired from his role as Mid-World's premier Evil Sorcerer, so him being old and kind by the time the events of Keyhole take place could be seen as the result of offscreen Character Development. His imprisonment in his "tyger" form is notably the work of a minion who was granted powerful magic by the Crimson King, and his eventual escape was engineered by none other than The Covenant Man, A.K.A. Randall Flagg, who's supposedly his biological son.note 
  • Foregone Conclusion: The destruction of Gilead is treated this way.
  • The Dragon: Flagg, as always. Amusingly, John Farson appears to think Flagg's guises are HIS Dragon.
  • Kill 'Em All: Pretty much what any prequel to the Dark Tower series has to do.
  • Matricide: Roland Deschain accidentally shot his mother dead.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: During the Crimson King's Motive Rant, he says this is his plan.
  • Posthumous Character: Most of the cast, as the series takes place before the complete destruction of Gilead.
  • Shout-Out: The Crimson King refers to himself as "the eater of worlds", something that the eponymous creature in It once described itself as.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: A foregone conclusion but Susan Delgado's death struck many this way.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Aileen and Susan Delgado in a nutshell.
  • Wham Episode: The endings of Treachery, Fall of Gilead and Battle of Jericho Hill. While all Foregone Conclusions to fans, the sequential deaths of Roland's friends and parents are shocking because what was given a Hand Wave in the books is rendered in full tragic detail here.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: Where exactly the doors that bring Eddie and Susannah come from are never fully explained. They are vaguely hinted at coming from some higher power (the Tower itself possibly). Also, exactly why Flagg can't outright kill Roland and his band with all his power and instead has to attempt indirect methods is also never fully explored.


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