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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume…

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One (2012)

by George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham (Adapter), Tommy Patterson (Illustrator)

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Here's another reason to read a graphic novel: I didn't want to read the pages and pages of the novel, I didn't want to watch the hours and hours of the TV series, but I did want to participate in this story which seems to have captured such wide attention. Now I'm curious as to how a graphic novel might differ from the text and film, thanks to the publisher's notes in the appendix. .
I'm still thinking about the story and will have to update the review. First impression: cruelty is the number one draw, although there might be an engaging theme of emergence. How do people come into their own? ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
not bad, and it followed closely with the book too :) ( )
  EBassett | Mar 20, 2019 |
Very good artwork, but I probably won't read the rest--I'm not sure that novels of human ambition and treachery are improved by a fantasy element.
  ritaer | Feb 25, 2019 |
A pretty good graphic novel adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire. Despite the title that obviously attempts to suggest otherwise, this is not an adaptation of the TV show, but rather of the original prose series.

Daniel Abraham does a really good job of extracting all the important stuff from the huge original text. In fact, it didn't seem there was much missing to me at all, as even the Prologue was included. Then again, it's been a long time since I've read A Game of Thrones, so obviously there are things I don't remember anymore.

The artist, Tommy Patterson, also does a good job. Every panel is drawn in great detail and includes full backgrounds. He positively excels at architectural shots and monumental scenes that include a lot of people and where great detail is required. He is less good with facial expressions and conveying emotions. It seems Ned and Jon Stark in particular only possess a single facial expression. This is not a good thing for a series where interpersonal relationships and emotions take precedence over huge battles and magical events.

Featuring good colorist work as well. In the end, this all amounts to a pretty good comic book take on the series. There's room for improvement for the artist, as suggested above, and they really should have numbered the pages. Bonus content in the form of The Making of and George R.R Martin's preface is also quite good. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
So, what can I say about this book?

First, it's exceptionally well-written considering what it is. The text is almost all culled directly from [b: A Game of Thrones|13496|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1436732693s/13496.jpg|1466917] and it is edited in a very readable way that doesn't subtract from the books story in the least. It is a closer adaptation than the show was, but that is courtesy of the medium that it is presented in. The show is arguably quite better paced and... erm... better 'cast' in certain ways. So, the writing is very well done.

Secondly, the art was in many ways inexcusable. While the actual scenery was lovely, in particular the panel that we got of the Eyrie, the construction of Winterfell, the brief shots of the Wall itself, etc. the actual character art left much to be desired. Yes, the designs in many ways were truer to the book descriptions (i.e. Theon, Robb, and Joffrey in particular) the actual execution of drawing these figures left a lot to be desired. In particular, the female characters all were drawn from the exact same big busted, small waisted, thick lipped format that was troublesome after you realize many characters being eroticized by it were 13, 14, etc. Yeah. Not exactly comfortable reading or artwork.

The book left me fairly perplexed by the end and wanting to give it one star due to the fact that comics kind of require at least decent art to be readable. Ultimately, I ended up with a two star rating to account for the fact that the actual stories and writing was decent and followed the book... but the art. Man. It's going to haunt me a while.

Ghost, the albino dire wolf, has a black nose and highly resembles Snoopy. That just ain't right. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044042321X, Hardcover)

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 Thrones to 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.

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The kingdom of the Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.

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