A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels #1-6
Published on March 27, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 240 : Hardcover edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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This graphic novel adaptation contains more than fifty pages of exclusive content not available in the original comic books, including
• a new Preface by George R. R. Martin
• early renderings of key scenes and favorite characters from the novels
• a walk-through of the entire creative process, from auditioning the artists to tweaking the scripts to coloring the final pages
• behind-the-scenes commentary from Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson, and series editor Anne Groell
You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thronesto majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jamie and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
This graphic novel by no means covers the entire book (in fact doesn’t even cover half of it, it’s probably only the first quarter of it) so I picked this up after I had read that far in the novel because I was having trouble keeping all the characters and plot events straight. I mean, it is a huge novel!
That being said, I think this follows along with the novel wonderfully! Seeing full color representations of characters and scenery that I had to conjure up in my own mind previously was so cool! The drawings are beautiful, and have a very American/DC comics-ish feel which I really like. It’s also often hard to find comics sometimes that have such beautiful and life-like colorings, but I think this covers that really well.
Of course, that being said, you can’t fit everything from the novel into a graphic novel, so I highly recommend reading the novel first and then using this as a companion to it of sorts. George R.R. Martin even says in the beginning prologue that the graphic novel has its triumphs and frustrations so with any medium there will be some drawbacks. I think, this graphic novel makes the most of what is has to offer though!
I can’t wait to read the next one’s! Really well done overall!