A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel [Review]
Want to get into Game of Thrones without giving into HBO or diving into the novel? Dynamite has the solution.The Graphic Novel adaptation of A Game of Thrones bridges the gap between the HBO series and the novels. The adaptation is of the books not the HBO series, and it is a good adaptation at that. The only reason I would even mention the HBO series is that each issue advertises “also a new original series from HBO” on the cover. So as a disclaimer, this comic is not tied to or related to that body or work, it simply shares the same source material. I hope that isn’t disappointing, it shouldn’t be. Working from memory of the book I read years ago, the adaptation hits each major plot point leaving out only the superfluous details. Again, I am working from memory, and I may have taken a few blows to the head, do not judge me harshly if I prove wrong.
Issues 1 through 24 will be adapting the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, the latest issue currently available is issue 15, which has adapted the novel up through chapter 49. I’ll avoid saying what has or is about to happen just on the off chance someone is reading this that doesn’t know. I would hate to spoil what is coming up, and really, this is a fantastic entry point for newcomers.
The dialogue and exposition, while abridged and truncated in parts are direct transfers, in most cases word for word. This feels more like an illustrated novel than a graphic adaptation. That is a very good thing. It’s obvious how much work Daniel Abraham, the writer of this adaptation, has put into this, and how much guidance the original author, George R.R. Martin has provided. Although sometimes I feel too much may have been truncated relying on the artwork to fill in the blanks. This is usually fine, and in fact works incredibly well here, but not all the time. Some things will always be lost in translation from descriptive text to visual interpretation, which is the nature of the beast. The artwork as a whole is excellent. Many of the full-page scenes would make some fantastic posters. Like all artwork in comics, there are moments or elements that may miss the mark. In this case there are occasionally awkward facial expressions, but facial expression are a common weakness in comic books, and it does not detract from the overall quality of the work.
Overall this is not only an excellent step into this series for newcomers, it is a highly entertaining new way to enjoy this marvelous body of works. If you are in the slightest bit interested in this series I highly recommend picking up issues 1 – 15 from your local comic shop.