I love my library so much. Not only did I just watch Frozen, borrowed on DVD from there, but I also just discovered and checked out the first two collections of the Game of Thrones graphic novels (or comics, as GRRM apparently likes to think of them).
In related news, my Reading History list of things I’ve checked out with my library card makes no sense.
The GoT comics were enjoyable but probably not something I’d ever actually buy. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that they are something that even needed to be made. A complex novel like GoT doesn’t seem ideally suited for comic book treatment, and we already have an excellently distilled adaptation in the TV series currently airing on HBO.
Now, I haven’t watched that series, and these comics aren’t related to it at all. If anything, I would guess they are probably a more faithful adaptation of the original work. The writing, done by Daniel Abraham (aka ½ of James S. A. Corey), is often directly from the novel. GRRM also consulted on many aspects, including the interpretations of the Iron Throne and the White Walkers.
The storytelling is very good and will keep you entertained even if you know the story already. I especially enjoyed the way Dany’s backstory is told–the page layouts are really nice. I also liked Tommy Patterson’s artwork, in particular many of the character designs, his architecture, and his attention to detail in big scenes.
I am less a fan of how he does the action scenes, and sometimes facial expressions are awkward. But if you read the “Making of” section at the end of the collections, the artist seems very cognizant of his abilities and what aspects need work.
My favorite part of these collections was actually the “Making of” sections at the back. They show concept art, rough sketches, outlines, and some favorite things of the people who worked on the comics. I really had no idea how American comics are made, so it was really fascinating to me.
The GoT comics are still ongoing; the third collected volume just came out last month and I think the fourth will follow once the last issue releases. I think many fans will enjoy the series, and the comic medium might be a good way to get more people interested in the story without having to slog through the book.