There’s no shortage of love being hefted on to George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series at present, considering the wildly popular HBO television series and the relatively recent (for Martin, anyway) release of the fifth novel in the series, “A Dance with Dragons.” In keeping with spirit of “follow the tide while it’s rising,” popular fantasy author Daniel Abraham has adapted the beginnings of the series into a graphic novel for Bantam. The Internet has descended upon the novel like crows to carrion, and here’s what people had to say:
Kelly Garrett, City Book Review
“As someone who has read the novel and seen the TV show “Game of Thrones,” the graphic novel contained no surprises. It sets up the story well. The illustrations are marvelous, focusing on the novel itself as opposed to recreating the TV show.”
Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal
“Drawing muscled-up dudes will forever and always be fun,” [Tommy Patterson] writes of the hulking Genghis-like warlord Khal Drogo in the supplemental materials; “If you hate it, you are in the wrong business.” Sad to say, he’s probably right, as far as the business goes, but if you’re drawing this particular comic, I can’t wait to draw the shirtless barbarian who’s built like the Incredible Hulk is not the right attitude.”
Alex Brown, TOR
“[Tommy] Patterson has no Martin-related experience, but he’s worked extensively with studios as an illustrator, and that gives this comic much more of a cinematic quality. He isn’t playing with the medium here. There are no awesome comics moments. He really is an illustrator rather than a comics artist.”
Nick Smith, ICV2
“The story contains the key characters and the key segments of nudity, sex and violence without going overboard. If anything, it is a bit more delicate than the HBO version in terms of sexual content.”
The world-at-large might not have fallen as deeply in love with the graphic novel adaptation of Martin’s work as they have with the original series or television show, but there is some praise scattered among the concern. This is only the first book in a long, long series, so it may be that by the time we see the Red Wedding, there’s a good bit of tightening up.
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