The final issue really earned its happy ending for the Locke family, they have suffered so much and endured horrors of which only Joe Hill could dream up. In the end Tyler stepped up and became the man his father couldn't be at his age, he saved a whole bunch of people and put souls to rest.
Completely beautiful ending and one that after following the hard road the family have been on was exactly what I needed. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Yes there is still one more issue to go but I am confident in saying that once again the Captain Marvel team has provided the goods. Carol Danvers is...moreYes there is still one more issue to go but I am confident in saying that once again the Captain Marvel team has provided the goods. Carol Danvers is fast becoming one of my favourite superheroes. These comics have been my first real exposure to the character so it is great in this volume we get to meet more of the supporting characters and friends that are part of Carol's world. Great stuff, long may it continue.(less)
Ms Marvel flies again only this time as Captain Marvel.
I've only come across Carol Danvers in various Marvel comics and in the excellent Avengers: Ear...moreMs Marvel flies again only this time as Captain Marvel.
I've only come across Carol Danvers in various Marvel comics and in the excellent Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes cartoon series but I was excited to find out more about the character. I love Carol's outlook and her relations with the other characters.
If you are looking for a new superhero series to pick up with lots of female characters and beautiful artwork then this is for you.(less)
Brian K Vaughan strikes gold again. Within the first few pages of Saga I was hooked and already in love with the characters of Alana and Marko. Add in...moreBrian K Vaughan strikes gold again. Within the first few pages of Saga I was hooked and already in love with the characters of Alana and Marko. Add in a bunch of interesting supporting characters and an epic tale of a family vs the entire universe and well its a winning combination. (less)
It was only a year ago that I finished the Dark Tower series and immediately missed the Ka-Tet and the many worlds that Stephen King had created.
This...moreIt was only a year ago that I finished the Dark Tower series and immediately missed the Ka-Tet and the many worlds that Stephen King had created.
This novel set between book 4 and 5 allows us a glimpse of Roland and his friends but also introduces a a whole new set of characters.
The Russian Doll approach to the book means we end up with stories within stories within stories, deeper down the rabbit hole we go. The Wind Through The Keyhole is a bit of a love letter to the way we tell stories and their importance.
What makes it such an enjoyable novel is that the stories Roland tells are so wonderful and compelling. I longed to know where things would end for young Billy and then young Tim.
Don't expect a whole lot of time spent with Eddie and Co but we do learn quite a bit about the young Roland and the ending was somewhat beautiful.
I hope King decides to enter the world of the Dark Tower again and tell some more stories and fairytales. Its such a rich world full of characters you actually care for in a matter of pages it would be a shame to lose it completely. (less)
**spoiler alert** Three months and over 4000 pages later I've finished the Dark Tower series.
When I first began this epic journey I really didn't know...more**spoiler alert** Three months and over 4000 pages later I've finished the Dark Tower series.
When I first began this epic journey I really didn't know where it would go.
It surprised me in many ways, I never expected to truly care for the Gunslinger not after the events of the first book, but I did because in the end it like many stories was about redemption.
Without a doubt I can see the influence the series has had on TV shows like Battlestar Galactica and Lost. In the former there is a saying that across the series 'All of this has happened before, all of this will happen again' this sums up the ending of the Dark Tower perfectly. Roland has been on this quest before, how many times we don't know but ka has led him on the journey. The version we the reader get to see is the one that has changed him the most, with Eddie, Jake, Susannah, Oy and others he meets on the way he finds the humanity lost to him years ago and with that he has a chance to maybe change things.
The ending felt tragic at first, Roland subjected to all of this once again and how many times will he have to follow the Man in Black across the desert? When ka has decided Roland has suffered enough and finally become whole again what will happen then? Will he get to rejoin his friends in another world? Perhaps the only way he will break free from the loop is to truly realise his friends are more important than reaching the Tower. Despite what he thinks, saving the Beams is his destiny, stopping the world from breaking and then moving on with his friends to another world perhaps. In this story of a tale that happened many time before he is close to realising this, close to finding redemption. Maybe he just needs one more trip on the merry go round. After all the Crimson King is stuck outside the tower with no way in, so is essentially no longer a real threat to the universes. Roland's desire, his need to see the tower will I think eventually be replaced by the love of his ka-tet, his love of his son Jake, his brother Eddie, his sister Susannah and of course Oy. Sure he loves them in this story but he still loves the Tower more, eventually this will change. Eventually he will figure out his real quest, his ka.
I've read a lot of negative reviews about the last three books and in a way I can understand people's disappointment, the inclusion of Stephen King as a character annoyed me at first I worried it will all be some big 'and it was all a dream' bullshit but increasingly it made sense. King has spent a lifetime in the world of Roland, it consumed him like the Gunslinger's need to see the Tower, like Eddie's need for heroin, like Patrick's need to draw. Without realising it at first King's entire body of work had become part of the Dark Tower story, he was as much as connected to the story and Roland’s quest as any of the other characters.
I also think the ending is the only way the series could have finished, much like seeing Jack in the bamboo field at the end of Lost closing his eyes and coming full circle, Roland finding himself back in the desert waiting to follow the Man In Black was the natural conclusion. Like Jack though he had fundamentally changed, his path to redemption has begun and eventually he will find himself reunited with his friends, maybe not in a church like in Lost but perhaps in central park sipping hot chocolate with the ka-tet that was.
The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed but when the time comes and the Tower grows nearer Roland needs to take a different path. He needs to break free. (less)