A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One
by George R.R. Martin adapted by Daniel Abraham
Cover Artist: Tommy Patterson
Review by Steve Sawicki
Bantam Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780440423218
Date: 27 March 2012 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This is the graphic novel of the HBO television serialized version of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones. And when you lay it out like that it does seem a bit silly to be even holding such a thing. The adaptation was done by Daniel Abraham and the art by Tommy Patterson. This is volume One and takes you from the beginning to the point where Daenerys gets with child.
This is actually a hard thing to review since the story is already being passed through the filter of the television series. I guess the obvious question must be, if you have read the book then why would you want to re-read it this way? If you have seen the television series then why would you want to look at it again this way? And, if you have done both and are still looking at this then perhaps you are the definition of a true fan.
The story is as good as you can get when reducing a couple of thousand pages of prose to what amounts to a large comic book. The one thing that is new here is the art, where Patterson is given the unenviable task of producing work that is familiar enough to the television series to be recognizable but still fall within his style as an artist.
I did not read this all the way through, word for word, since I already knew the story. I did look at the pictures and the art is very well done. Part of me wonders whether the skills used here could have been better spent creating something original. But, then, Hollywood seems to be dictating that the public can not get enough of the same thing done over and over and over. If that's you then you will definitely enjoy this version. It is very well done and a beautiful book, well crafted and well drawn. There is also an introduction and a rather long and detailed behind the scenes of how the book was put together.