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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 pa 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 Jaime 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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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 pa 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 Jaime 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.

30 review for A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I read the actual book several years ago, and while I liked it, that sort of super thick high fantasy is very hard for me to get motivated to jump back into. I'm don't think I'm terribly stupid, but a complicated political plot set in a strange land with an assload of characters? Every time I've been on the verge of picking up the next book I get a bit...nervous. Anyway, I saw this in my library and thought it might be the answer to my prayers. A condensed version of the story with pictures! To me I read the actual book several years ago, and while I liked it, that sort of super thick high fantasy is very hard for me to get motivated to jump back into. I'm don't think I'm terribly stupid, but a complicated political plot set in a strange land with an assload of characters? Every time I've been on the verge of picking up the next book I get a bit...nervous. Anyway, I saw this in my library and thought it might be the answer to my prayers. A condensed version of the story with pictures! To me, it looked like a manageable version of a dense novel, and maybe a way I could join in with all the cool kids who rabidly follow GoT. Aaaaaand since I had read the book, I could see how well this graphic novel stacked up to the real thing. Ish. <--because it's been years since I read the original. One thing I didn't realize is that it takes 4 volumes to tell this story, and this is just the first volume of the book. Which (to me) is cool because I felt like I got a more complete version than if they had just crammed it into one or two. As far as this matching up exactly with the book, I can't really say for sure, but it all seemed right to me. In fact, I think this breaks it down and makes it so much easier to understand (for someone like me) that I'm pretty sure I'm going to use this as my go-to way to read GoT. Now, don't get me wrong. The BOOK will always be the most accurate and probably best way for most people to go. But for those of you who aren't used to wading around in the waters of high fantasy, and aren't convinced that you reeeeeeally want to slog through a bjillion page novel? Maybe this can be your gateway drug! Now, I certainly don't think this comic is strictly for the lazy reader. I'm guessing that hardcore GoT fans would also enjoy this one. At least, as long as you aren't expecting this to be a word for word adaptation of your favorite series... The art was lovely, the story was easier to follow, and it didn't take me a month to read. I'm not seeing the downside here, people!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Well................ahem...........kids............STAY. AWAY. FROM. THIS. BOOK. My fair warning to y'all youngsters. Unless you don't want to become addicted to erotic books. ;) Alright, here's the basic summary of this story: -blood -guts -desire *wiggles eyebrows* -more blood -you know what it is *wiggles eyebrows again* -AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MORE BLOOD. I'm not kidding. About 10 pages in, they're already hacking away at a monster and spewing disgusting stuff everywhere. Oh! And would ya look at th Well................ahem...........kids............STAY. AWAY. FROM. THIS. BOOK. My fair warning to y'all youngsters. Unless you don't want to become addicted to erotic books. ;) Alright, here's the basic summary of this story: -blood -guts -desire *wiggles eyebrows* -more blood -you know what it is *wiggles eyebrows again* -AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MORE BLOOD. I'm not kidding. About 10 pages in, they're already hacking away at a monster and spewing disgusting stuff everywhere. Oh! And would ya look at that, a beheading scene. Wonderful. Next in line: A kid falls out the window!! *audience roars* jesus, all that killing's gonna give me nightmares Besides that, there's words, words, and more words!! along with graphics that will definitely show you the meaning of erotica And that's the end of all this gore!! *audience boo's* Hope you guys have fun reading this. ;)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bookdragon Sean

    I love A song of Ice and Fire , and I mean love. This series has impacted me more than anything else I’ve ever read(A Game of thrones review). It changed my life around. So, when I first heard that it was being adapted for another medium, I was, as expected, very excited. Some stories become tired out, and almost redundant, when they are told again and again. This, however, seems to get better. I don’t mean to say that each medium is better than those that came before it, but that with each add I love A song of Ice and Fire , and I mean love. This series has impacted me more than anything else I’ve ever read(A Game of thrones review). It changed my life around. So, when I first heard that it was being adapted for another medium, I was, as expected, very excited. Some stories become tired out, and almost redundant, when they are told again and again. This, however, seems to get better. I don’t mean to say that each medium is better than those that came before it, but that with each additional adaption I begin to appreciate the story more. I begin to see it from different angles and consider its nature further. With the addition of this, I considered how the Lannisters must have felt entering Winterfell. They know that the northern houses hate them; they can feel the tension in the air, and know that it is because of their unwanted, and resented, presence. They are clearly outsiders; they appear regal and noble whereas the rest of King Robert’s entourage fitted in with the rough northerners. They shared meat and mead. The Lannister’s ate alone. This was, obviously, by their own decree. So, the distance between the two houses is a clear foreshadowing of things to come. The lion was preordained to hate the wolf, and the wolf was preordained to fear the lion. In this, there is the hand of a social climber who thrives on anarchy. I’m sure many of you know that I’m referring to the most devious man in the kingdoms; they bled for his advantageous greed. Who’s to say he didn’t try to manipulate the Lannisters like the Starks? Give him is due, he is one of the true masters of the game. This was a lot of fun to experience the story like this. I do, however, wish that it came out before the television show. It has clearly influenced the artist’s perspective of certain characters. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it would have been better to have a more original interpretation. For example, some of the costumes are almost copies of the television show’s versions. That being said though, in some respects, it stays closer to Martin’s words that the first season of the show. The dialogue is much closer, and, at points, it has been clearly lifted off the page. I liked this effect, and it helped to keep the story true to the books. I’m somewhat pedantic when it comes to the slightest change to Martin’s epic world, and I am truly glad to say that nothing was changed in this. Martin did the dialogue, and obviously, guided the illustrator’s steps (in terms of plot). I’m so glad of this. I have to have a good rant after every single episode of television show. Sometimes I go on for a rather long time about the changes. They annoy me. Why change the slightest detail of something that is perfect? There’s no reason for it. See, I’ve started off. I better finish off here before I start complaining about the Kingsguard having gold armour, instead of white, again. An enjoyable four stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    Pretty confusing at most times as I think there were a lot of gaps that would be filled in if I read the books, which I haven't and probably never will.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Well, this was super fun! Have only read the first novel....A Song of Fire and Ice....but have seen the entire HBO series....and am hooked. Do believe I will continue reading GAME OF THRONES in graphic form as George R. R. Martin makes it clear in the preface that the graphic form is not a tie-in to the TV series, but an original adaptation of his novels. Am excited to find out the storyline differences! He also explains it's why the characters do not look like the actors on our flat screens. Ty Well, this was super fun! Have only read the first novel....A Song of Fire and Ice....but have seen the entire HBO series....and am hooked. Do believe I will continue reading GAME OF THRONES in graphic form as George R. R. Martin makes it clear in the preface that the graphic form is not a tie-in to the TV series, but an original adaptation of his novels. Am excited to find out the storyline differences! He also explains it's why the characters do not look like the actors on our flat screens. Tyrion Lannister (midget) to Jon Snow (bastard).........."Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." Wonderfully illustrated....and a nice refresher of how it all began! Note: Not for children.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Argona

    I can hardly describe how happy I was when I found these graphic novels. I need help maintaining my sanity until the 6th book of the series is released and these comics are like a gift from the old gods!XD In my opinion, the graphic novels follow the story and atmosphere of the first novel very closely, but the show has obviously influenced them as well. Honestly, I think the comics actually depict the depth of the books better than the TV series does, since budget can't get in the way when it co I can hardly describe how happy I was when I found these graphic novels. I need help maintaining my sanity until the 6th book of the series is released and these comics are like a gift from the old gods!XD In my opinion, the graphic novels follow the story and atmosphere of the first novel very closely, but the show has obviously influenced them as well. Honestly, I think the comics actually depict the depth of the books better than the TV series does, since budget can't get in the way when it comes to comics. I am not without complains. Martin is heavily into foreshadowing and therefore I am very sensitive regarding certain lines and I was disappointed to see that some lines that are very important in the books are missing from the comics but hey, these are comics and it's not like they can contain all the lines and dialogues in the books so I might be nitpicking. The quality of the artwork is very good and sometimes just pure amazing! I freaking loved the comic book version of White Walkers compared to the TV show. The art is specially amazing when it comes to scenery, but it's not perfect when it comes to characters. Several characters resemble each other a little too much. And sometimes expressions make a character that is supposed to be very comely and beautiful rather ugly but it does not happen too often and after some thinking, I took into consideration that some expressions can make any face ugly. Unfortunately the art lacks the most when it comes to female characters. Age difference is not clear at all and they all have the same lips which I am guessing are supposed to look sensual but look rather stupid. Perhaps the artists are a little too fond of puckered lips in womenfolk!XD Overall, I find the comic a very good companion to the books. The graphic novels help visualize the books far better than the TV series and I really enjoy looking at my favorite characters in my favorite scenes without having to look through 1000 pages of a heavy book. I hope to see the entire book series turned into graphic novels. I really want to see the comic version of my favorite scenes that appear in the later books. I recommend these comics if you simply love "A Song Of Ice And Fire" and want to experience the story in a whole new medium. I also strongly recommend the graphic novels if you are a fan of the TV show and don't feel like reading the book series, considering their length and complexity. But do keep in mind that nothing actually compares to the books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sercan Vatansever

    Roman boyunca durum güncellemelerimden de anlaşılabileceği gibi yakındığım en önemli şey karakterlerin çizimi ve ifadeleri. Özellikle Catelyn tam bir fiyasko! Beklemediğiniz karakterler ağlayıp duruyor ki bu beni çizimlerden de daha çok rahatsız etti. Bana bazı çizimlerin ciddi ölçüde manga çağrışımı yaptığını da itiraf etmeliyim ve mangadan nefret ederim.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karl Marberger

    Awesome artwork!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    My first exposure to GRRM’s fantasy continent of Westeros was through the excellent HBO series. I haven’t had the chance to read the book, though I would seize the chance should a bargain hardback of the first volume of A Song of Fire and Ice fall on my lap. The first hardcover book of A Game of Thrones just happened to be a collected edition of the first six issues of a planned 24-issue adaptation of it. It is not an adaptation of the HBO series as the two were developed in parallel but with the My first exposure to GRRM’s fantasy continent of Westeros was through the excellent HBO series. I haven’t had the chance to read the book, though I would seize the chance should a bargain hardback of the first volume of A Song of Fire and Ice fall on my lap. The first hardcover book of A Game of Thrones just happened to be a collected edition of the first six issues of a planned 24-issue adaptation of it. It is not an adaptation of the HBO series as the two were developed in parallel but with the same source material. GRRM has a measure of involvement in the two projects though, blessing the choice of the novelist Daniel Abraham as adapter and Tommy Patterson as artist. Though not as extensive as his participation in the HBO series, GRRM’s fingerprints are all over the graphic novel adaptation as the bonus material to this collection would attest. Though Abraham was said to have captured the essence of the original novel, trimming the parts that could not be adequately translated to sequential art, I really could not say since I haven’t read the original book. But Patterson seemed to have captured the spirit of the characters with his designs; his Ned Stark and Tyrion Lannister resemble themselves as I envisioned them after being initially exposed to the HBO series. His females though are as unrealistic as they can be. To be fair, his Daenerys Targaryen has the body of a teenage girl but his Catelyn Stark looks like a young woman in her early twenties. She’s supposed to have five children, but I guess she has a good trainer to help her return to pre-baby shape after her five childbirths. The Stark children, especially Rob and Jon Snow look younger than portrayed on the show but I guess this was true to the book’s description. I couldn’t complain when the Iron Throne was drawn as much more impressive than the television version, and twice as uncomfortable. Still, what was the main draw for me initially was the wanton nudity and sex scenes that HBO peppered its show; this was carried over to the graphic novel. This graphic novel was more fun than I expected, but the HBO series is still the best adaptation. The cast, especially Peter Dinklage who plays the Imp, has made their characters their own. This serves as a nice diversion as I wait for the third season.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    WrensReads Review: So, I would say that if you haven’t read the book or didn’t watch the show, the graphic novels might be a little confusing. They do explain some things, but it isn’t to an extent that if the information was new, it would make sense. The art in this is beautiful (and I wish I could have gotten a screen shot of some of them, but I had a physical copy). They make even the ugly people look pretty, which actually may be a flaw in the art... now that I think about it. It doesn’t cover WrensReads Review: So, I would say that if you haven’t read the book or didn’t watch the show, the graphic novels might be a little confusing. They do explain some things, but it isn’t to an extent that if the information was new, it would make sense. The art in this is beautiful (and I wish I could have gotten a screen shot of some of them, but I had a physical copy). They make even the ugly people look pretty, which actually may be a flaw in the art... now that I think about it. It doesn’t cover the whole book though, so you’ll have to get the next volume in order to get the full story of the first book, The Game of Thrones! WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    If you weren’t living under a rock for the last 5 years, you must at least have some idea about what Game of thrones is. So if you are a fan of the tv show and want to know what are the differences with the book, but you feel a bit lazy, here you have a good alternative choice. The only thing that I personally didn’t like so much is the art, not in general, as it’s good when it comes to environment etc, but the characters look very similar and way too young. This didn’t stop me from enjoying thi If you weren’t living under a rock for the last 5 years, you must at least have some idea about what Game of thrones is. So if you are a fan of the tv show and want to know what are the differences with the book, but you feel a bit lazy, here you have a good alternative choice. The only thing that I personally didn’t like so much is the art, not in general, as it’s good when it comes to environment etc, but the characters look very similar and way too young. This didn’t stop me from enjoying this and I don’t think it will stop you either. Oh oh oh one more thing. The scene with Tyrion making a freaking backflip… I’m not joking How? Why? Anyways.. Now in case you have no idea about GoT because you just got in the age that is ok for you to read/watch GOT (or you live in 2050 and someone suggested you to check out something really cool from the 10’s ) let me tell you a general idea about it. I’ll try not to give many spoilers. The whole thing takes place in a fictional world, here is a map. The place on the left side is Westeros and the one on the right is called Essos. Probably there are more places, but our story only focuses on this ones, soooo screw everything else, it’s unimportant. There are some great stuff in this world like castles, knights, huge walls made of ice and many other things. BUT the most important is this Yes this uncomfortable chair made of swords. Why? Because the person who sits on it, controls the seven kingdoms of Westeros. Currently the position is taken by a guy named Robert Baratheon, a.k.a. the guy who used to give a crap. Now he only cares about food and women. That’s why he travels all the way to the north, to Winterfell, so he can name his very good friend (Ned Stark ), hand of the king. He needs Ned to go with him to King’s Landing, and basically take care of all the important things. Cool king. Now on the other side of the earth ( can I call it earth? Probably not, who cares ) there is a lovely guy named Viserys Targaryen. That poor fellow, is the son of the previous king. His father alongside his older brother were murdered, he wants to go back to King’s Landing to take the throne and rule the seven kingdoms. Tough luck tho, as he doesn’t have any army… what he does have, is a beautiful younger sister. So what is he going to do? But of course marry her, without carrying about what she wants, to the leader of a huge tribe called Dothraky. So he basically sold his sister for an army. Because what is more important than family? Well according to Viserys, everything. Remember when I said that he is a good guy? I lied. The guy is a huge a-hole. There are more great characters, like Cersei and Jamie Lannister, two siblings who love each other very much… and have sex. Yikes. Also Cersei is the Queen and Jamie is the leader of the kings guard. No biggie Ok there are some good characters, for real. 1. Tyrion Lannister a dwarf that what he misses in height, he gains it in smarts. Yes he is the brother of the other two but he is the coolest( not of the three of them but in general ). 2. Ned Strark. An honest and nice guy. 3. Jon Snow. Ned’s bastard son, who never knew the love of a mother. Ok, I think it might be still a bit complicated… anyways it has drama, politics ( the cool type ), sex and violence, what more do you need?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    This was really good, but if you haven't read the book series it would be very confusing. It's a great addition to the series but not really necessary.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    Actual review: 4.5 A concise and accurate adaptation of one of my favourite books. The artwork is lovely and all characters are in character. It’s a great refresher for anyone who has already read the first book of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gaja

    So I'm still reading through the books, and quite liking them, but this was just...eh. It had the same story, obviously, but the art just sort of killed it for me. The faces were inconsistent from one panel to another, no one looks even close to the age they're supposed to be, and the girls are all just far, far too 'comic booky' to work for who they are. Like Catelyn, for one. A woman with five children, the eldest of which is 15-16 isn't going to have the skin of a 22 year old, nor that whole So I'm still reading through the books, and quite liking them, but this was just...eh. It had the same story, obviously, but the art just sort of killed it for me. The faces were inconsistent from one panel to another, no one looks even close to the age they're supposed to be, and the girls are all just far, far too 'comic booky' to work for who they are. Like Catelyn, for one. A woman with five children, the eldest of which is 15-16 isn't going to have the skin of a 22 year old, nor that whole sunken-abdomen-look-at-my-ribs! thing going on. Daenerys, at 12-13, is going to be softer and less sunken ab-ish, too (not to mention that her thighs are drawn as being larger than her waist). And yet both women, aged at least 17 years apart, have the exact same body. Oversized boobs, super narrow waist, jutting ribcage. No thanks. The men don't have quite as much of the 'comic booky' thing going on, save for Drogo whose arms are bigger around than all of Dany, but unless the character is meant to be fat or or specifically thin, they all have the same build. Honestly, just read the books if you want the story. Read this if you want to ogle Catelyn and Daenerys's tits (and some 13 year old bush, to boot) or if you're really into comics in general.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Sven

    Recommended for fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. This is an adaptation of the books, not the HBO series. The character depictions are different to the TV series and in a good way. This instalment ends where Catlyn makes it to Kings Landing and lets Eddard know of her suspicions re Bran's accident. The art was detailed and fantastic. If I have a complaint it was that the panels felt a little busy and the overall book felt dense compared to what I would expect in a graphic novel. I found m Recommended for fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. This is an adaptation of the books, not the HBO series. The character depictions are different to the TV series and in a good way. This instalment ends where Catlyn makes it to Kings Landing and lets Eddard know of her suspicions re Bran's accident. The art was detailed and fantastic. If I have a complaint it was that the panels felt a little busy and the overall book felt dense compared to what I would expect in a graphic novel. I found myself torn between wanting to soak in the pictures and not wanting to break the flow of the story. The story relies heavily on the text. I enjoyed this but I could take or leave it. The books are still way better as you would expect. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Blech. This. I would really hate for anyone's first introduction to the Song of Ice and Fire universe to be this graphic novel because it's such a watered down version of the story. I know a book this long is going to be difficult to adapt, but I'm not sure I would have really been able to follow along or understand the story without having read the books previously or at least watched the show. Some of the panel changes were just so abrupt. My biggest issue though was with the art, which was NO Blech. This. I would really hate for anyone's first introduction to the Song of Ice and Fire universe to be this graphic novel because it's such a watered down version of the story. I know a book this long is going to be difficult to adapt, but I'm not sure I would have really been able to follow along or understand the story without having read the books previously or at least watched the show. Some of the panel changes were just so abrupt. My biggest issue though was with the art, which was NOT a style that I enjoyed. (I do realize, however, that it is a style many people DO enjoy, so this part of my critique won't be relevant to everyone.) The artist was talented and I enjoyed a lot of the background scenes. But I didn't like the way the people were drawn, especially the mouths and just everything about the women in general, and it's hard to get past that. I mean, Catelyn had porno boobs and Arya's face looked like it had lipstick and eye makeup. So, no.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I read this book on a promise from a Goodreads friend that there would be boobies and so I thought I would, in this review, focus on whether Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel delivers on that promise of boobage, both in the quantity and quality of presentation therein. It's worth pointing out, initially, that not every issue of this comic featured nudity of any kind and in order to enjoy the aforementioned boobs you will have to slog through some actual storytelling. This may or may not be a pro I read this book on a promise from a Goodreads friend that there would be boobies and so I thought I would, in this review, focus on whether Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel delivers on that promise of boobage, both in the quantity and quality of presentation therein. It's worth pointing out, initially, that not every issue of this comic featured nudity of any kind and in order to enjoy the aforementioned boobs you will have to slog through some actual storytelling. This may or may not be a problem for you and I'd also highlight that even with their clothes on many of the women featured in this comic are rather attractive and so these issues are still on some level probably worth reading. Frequency 3/10 I have to say that I was sorely let down by the amount of frontal nudity (non of it full) in this comic. There are four semi-significant instances of boobies in 6 comics worth of story and only one character, Daenerys, is featured in multiple naked situations. This isn't really enough to gratify the discerning Game of Thrones reader and so the TV show wins out hands down in this department Quality: 6/10 Three main characters show us their prized goods in this graphic novel. Catelyn, Daenerys and Cersei. Catelyn undoubtedly wins this battle hands down. Although her boobie shot is a little badly angled and obscured by the side panel, it's clear to the reader that she has magnificent chest appendages. Furthermore, as there are no Catelyn boobies in the show this makes the comics a winner. Daenerys slender figure is on full display and her boobies are shown nicely, clearly and gratuitously. Whilst nor being such enjoyable to peruse monsters as Catelyn's they are certainly worth the price of admission. Cersei's are the letdown, merely spied through a window in one distance shot, they are drawn badly and obscured. One is left with the feeling of wanting much more. Appropriacy 6/10 Cersei's scene seems vitally necessary to the flow of the story and Daenerys' sex scenes with Drogo are important, so marks are lost for appropriacy here. Much better, again is Catelyn's scene in which she completely unnecessarily cavorts across the room in front of Maester Luwin after a sex scene with Ned. Her golden globes are doubly appreciated for this. Daenerys is shown naked in a classic "bathing" scene that is in no way integral to any plot line and could have been completely excised. Hurrah for pointless boobie shots I say! To sum up. There were some good boobies, but too often they were there for a reason and they were somewhat thin on the ground. Although I enjoyed this for the story and the fantasy setting I can't help feeling that my time could have been spent better elsewhere. Still, this is not a bad start and I fully expect there to be more nice boobies in future issues of this work. So, here's the GOT boobie winner. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lema

    I honestly think that the amount of love and work put into this work of art is almost equal to the work put into the TV show! The illustrations are amazing and the details are just masterful, and they picked up all of my favorite lines to include here. The experience of using this new medium to hear the story again was very rewarding. I loved how they stayed very true to the character descriptions in the novels (I had no idea that Tyrion had one green and one brown eye!). The most common asked que I honestly think that the amount of love and work put into this work of art is almost equal to the work put into the TV show! The illustrations are amazing and the details are just masterful, and they picked up all of my favorite lines to include here. The experience of using this new medium to hear the story again was very rewarding. I loved how they stayed very true to the character descriptions in the novels (I had no idea that Tyrion had one green and one brown eye!). The most common asked question most likely will be: Can I read only this if I haven’t read the books or watched the TV show? I honestly would say go for it! It’s not gonna give you a full understanding of what is going on or the world or the characters, but it’s a great hors-d’oeuvres to give you a taste of what on earth Game of Thrones is a about and why everyone is going gaga over it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    the art is beautiful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I never would have guessed that this book could be made into a graphic novel series. They are just so dense with so many characters and a lot of dialogue, but somehow they did it, and they did it very well. The character faces are distinctive, the narrative, while condensed, is still very true to the novel. Color me impressed!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jaqueline Miguel

    Adquiri este livro porque, além de andar a acompanhar a série televisiva, tinha começado a ler os livros. Não me arrependi de adquirir este belíssimo livro para a minha coleção. A arte desta história, que já me é familiar, é lindíssima! Como sempre, dado que tenho montes de livros para ler, fui adiando e adiando a leitura deste… Mas com a maratona Merry Little Christmas, organizada pela Joca do canal Little House of Books, a decorrer apenas em 3 dias e com 4 desafios para cumprir, decidi que ia Adquiri este livro porque, além de andar a acompanhar a série televisiva, tinha começado a ler os livros. Não me arrependi de adquirir este belíssimo livro para a minha coleção. A arte desta história, que já me é familiar, é lindíssima! Como sempre, dado que tenho montes de livros para ler, fui adiando e adiando a leitura deste… Mas com a maratona Merry Little Christmas, organizada pela Joca do canal Little House of Books, a decorrer apenas em 3 dias e com 4 desafios para cumprir, decidi que ia ler livros rápidos. Este foi um deles e penso que foi uma ótima escolha. A história que nos é contada passa-se num mundo fictício numa época semelhante à nossa idade média e envolve uma série de conflitos entre as famílias mais poderosas. Tudo é um jogo de poder e dinheiro. Tudo começa quando o atual rei, Robert Baratheon, convida o seu velho amigo, Eddard Stark, a mudar-se para a corte e a assumir o cargo de Mão do Rei (o cargo mais poderoso depois do próprio rei). Este acaba por aceitar, apenas porque desconfia que o seu antecessor, que era como um pai para ele, foi assassinado pela própria rainha, que pertence à família dos Lannister. Assim, ele tem esperança de conseguir proteger o seu amigo. Com a sua partida, no entanto, o perigo aumenta para a sua própria família. Enquanto isso, do outro lado do mar, a família Targaryen, que reinou antes de Robert e viu o seu trono por ele usurpado, procura uma forma de voltar a ter poder e recuperar o trono. Esta história é bastante complexa, mas é extremamente interessante. Mesmo aqueles que têm dificuldades em ler este tipo de histórias, não vão ter problemas com este livro porque é em banda desenhada e torna a sua leitura bem mais rápida e leve. Claro que o facto de ter um desenho simplesmente maravilhoso também ajuda bastante. Adorei este livro e sem duvida que vou querer continuar a fazer esta coleção.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aneesha

    WOW I loved this graphic novel. I loved the art work. The characters looked amazing. I loved the art of Tyrion Lannister and Khal Drogo. They both look similar as described in the books. This had some of the scenes which were not shown in the show and are mentioned in the book. I really enjoyed reading and it was like i am living in the world of ice and fire again. I love the books. I love the show. Now i am in love with the graphic novel. I am so excited to read the next 3 volumes. Its game of th WOW I loved this graphic novel. I loved the art work. The characters looked amazing. I loved the art of Tyrion Lannister and Khal Drogo. They both look similar as described in the books. This had some of the scenes which were not shown in the show and are mentioned in the book. I really enjoyed reading and it was like i am living in the world of ice and fire again. I love the books. I love the show. Now i am in love with the graphic novel. I am so excited to read the next 3 volumes. Its game of thrones and my rating is always 5/5. This series is my favorite and reading it in any medium makes me happy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aleshanee

    "Der Winter naht ..." Über diese wunderschöne Ausgabe des ersten Bandes bin ich durch Zufall auf der Gamescom in Köln gestolpert. Bei diesem wunderschönen Cover musste ich es einfach mitnehmen - und ich habs nicht bereut :) "Der Sammelband enthält die ersten sechs Comic-Kapitel des internationalen Bestsellers" Ich hab ja alle bisher erschienenen Bücher gelesen und auch alle Folgen der Serie angeschaut und ich muss sagen, dass die Handlung hier wirklich sehr gut zusammengefasst wurde. Es ist meine e "Der Winter naht ..." Über diese wunderschöne Ausgabe des ersten Bandes bin ich durch Zufall auf der Gamescom in Köln gestolpert. Bei diesem wunderschönen Cover musste ich es einfach mitnehmen - und ich habs nicht bereut :) "Der Sammelband enthält die ersten sechs Comic-Kapitel des internationalen Bestsellers" Ich hab ja alle bisher erschienenen Bücher gelesen und auch alle Folgen der Serie angeschaut und ich muss sagen, dass die Handlung hier wirklich sehr gut zusammengefasst wurde. Es ist meine erste Graphic Novel, deshalb weiß ich natürlich nicht so recht, worauf man dabei achten sollte. Für mich als Fan war es jedenfalls ein ganz neues Erlebnis, die Geschichte in Worten und Bildern gleichzeitig zu erleben! Seit den Anfängen ist ja schon soviel passiert, aber ich hatte den Eindruck, dass hier alles wichtige gut untergebracht war und auch für Nicht-Kenner gut verständlich. Sicher kann ich es natürlich nicht sagen, weil ich ja die Story schon kenne, aber die vielen Ausschweifungen, mit denen George Martin sich in den Büchern austobt, sind hier auf die wichtigsten Fakten reduziert. Das Cover schon alleine finde ich sehr genial ♥ Die Zeichnungen sind stimmungsvoll und passen perfekt zur Atmosphäre. Von manchen Figuren fand ich den Charakter optimal getroffen, bei anderen musste ich mich erst an dieses "Bild" gewöhnen, vor allem z. B. bei Catelyn Stark. Durch die Serie hatte ich natürlich die Schauspieler immer vor Augen, das muss man hier außen vor lassen. Insgesamt auf jeden Fall ein wunderschön gestaltetes Fan-Art der Reihe / Serie, das für mich als begeisterter Anhänger auf jeden Fall ein MUSS ist :) Als ebook ist es meiner Meinung nach zu schade, aber die Preise sind natürlich auch ganz schön happig ... aber ich denke, ich werde mir nach und nach die einzelnen Bände gönnen :D Bisher auf deutsch erschienen: im Juni 2013 Band 2 im Mai 2014 Band 3 im Juni 2015 Band 4

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ranting Dragon

    http://www.rantingdragon.com/comic-re... A couple months ago, someone gave me the first six issues of the Game of Thrones comics. It took me a while to start reading them, but once I did, I realized once again how awesome the person who gifted them really is. This comic, adapted from the George R.R. Martin story by Daniel Abraham—known for his Long Price Quartet and, more recently, The Dragon’s Path—with art by Tommy Patterson, is quite the read. Simply put: it made me devour the pages and left m http://www.rantingdragon.com/comic-re... A couple months ago, someone gave me the first six issues of the Game of Thrones comics. It took me a while to start reading them, but once I did, I realized once again how awesome the person who gifted them really is. This comic, adapted from the George R.R. Martin story by Daniel Abraham—known for his Long Price Quartet and, more recently, The Dragon’s Path—with art by Tommy Patterson, is quite the read. Simply put: it made me devour the pages and left me wanting more. One of the amazing things about A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel is the art. It’s beautiful and fits the world perfectly. In particular, the White Walkers in the first issue were wonderfully created. One problem I did have with the art, however, is that Patterson seems incapable of drawing women of varying ages. I found myself puzzled about who was who on several occasions. For example, Catelyn Stark—mother of five—looks like she’s in her twenties, with a perfect figure. The story in this Game of Thrones comic adaption is quite wonderful, too. It stays surprisingly true to the novels, yet is a lot more accessible, and it reads as effortlessly as watching an episode of the HBO show—but without the ridiculous amounts of additional sex scenes. I was also pleasantly surprised by the way some characters, like Theon Greyjon, are depicted. All in all, everyone who loves A Song of Ice and Fire or HBO’s Game of Thrones should definitely check out these comics.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    As a huge lover and self-proclaimed fangirl of all things Game of Thrones, I felt it was my sworn duty to pick up the graphic novel. As much as I love the books in A Song of Ice and Fire series, the vast world of Westeros, the wonderful characters and the incredible storylines, I found this graphic novel to be lacking. The art was good, but knowing the original story as well as I do, I felt like there were many parts that could have been improved/expanded on. Also, there were quite a few grammar As a huge lover and self-proclaimed fangirl of all things Game of Thrones, I felt it was my sworn duty to pick up the graphic novel. As much as I love the books in A Song of Ice and Fire series, the vast world of Westeros, the wonderful characters and the incredible storylines, I found this graphic novel to be lacking. The art was good, but knowing the original story as well as I do, I felt like there were many parts that could have been improved/expanded on. Also, there were quite a few grammar and spelling errors that were very hard to overlook. Hello! I mean, do graphic novels not get proofread before being published just like everything else? Overall, I gave this volume 3/5 stars. I'll probably pick the second volume up because I'm definitely curious to see the continuation of the story in graphic novel form, I just hope it improves from here on out!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    The entire graphic novel adaptation is acceptable in terms of writing, but the drawing itself isn't good and not on par with the best of comics out there, which is a pity as this series deserves a great artist and a great style to do the plotline justice. Unfortunately, it's not so. The things that irked me the most were: a. that whilst this purports to follow the BOOKS, in some characters' features you can clearly see the face of the SHOW actors, and there are very evident mistakes that contrad The entire graphic novel adaptation is acceptable in terms of writing, but the drawing itself isn't good and not on par with the best of comics out there, which is a pity as this series deserves a great artist and a great style to do the plotline justice. Unfortunately, it's not so. The things that irked me the most were: a. that whilst this purports to follow the BOOKS, in some characters' features you can clearly see the face of the SHOW actors, and there are very evident mistakes that contradict the text it's supposed to be following; and b. that the artist doesn't master facial expressions and emotivity very well, for if you look closely, you will start to notice that all characters seem to unfailingly demonstrate the same basic emotions: scowling and sneering, and it's distracting. Overall, most of the tomes get 3 stars, some less.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ylenia

    Me mato ya! Ay dios, me he enamorado. Empecemos con mi historia con esta saga, me la han recomendado mucho, pero mucho, lo que pasa que a mi el que fuera una saga tan larga y que aún a día de hoy no está terminada por lo que tengo entendido, pues me echaba para atrás, además no solo son muchos libros sino que también son bastante largos. Así que mi decisión fue clara con las novelas, no iba a leerlas. Ahora bien hace dos días llegó a casa mi madre con un libro envuelto y cuando lo abrí pues me en Me mato ya! Ay dios, me he enamorado. Empecemos con mi historia con esta saga, me la han recomendado mucho, pero mucho, lo que pasa que a mi el que fuera una saga tan larga y que aún a día de hoy no está terminada por lo que tengo entendido, pues me echaba para atrás, además no solo son muchos libros sino que también son bastante largos. Así que mi decisión fue clara con las novelas, no iba a leerlas. Ahora bien hace dos días llegó a casa mi madre con un libro envuelto y cuando lo abrí pues me encontré con el primer cómic de Juego de Tronos, con una portada maravillosa que sabe como atraer tu atención, me dijo que además tenía tres más pero que me los iba a dar poco a poco porque en realidad eran para el día del libro pero no se aguantó jaja Entonces al decirme que eran 4 cómics, me sonó raro porque a mi me parecía extraño que una saga tan larga como esta tuviera solo 4 volúmenes, pero lo dejé pasar porque tampoco tenía asegurado que me fuera a gustar la historia. Le daba la oportunidad porque ella me los regaló y porque además son cómics que quiera que no son mucho más amenos de leer que una pedazo de novela de George R.R. Martin. Pero qué pasa, que me he leído el primero y me ha flipado la historia, no sólo la historia, no sé cómo serán de buenas las novelas pero creo que en cómic gana muchísimo la historia de lo buenas que son sus ilustraciones, es maravilloso por dentro y me ha dejado con ganas de más. Suplicando a mi madre para que me traiga los demás volúmenes. Entonces claro ahora cuando descubro que me gusta la historia es cuando decido investigar sobre eso de que sólo haya 4 volúmenes y ¿qué me encuentro? pues me encuentro que en USA hay más de 20 cómics, lo que se me hace más lógico teniendo en cuenta la dimensión de la saga. El problema ahora es que en España hay 4 cómics, es decir que o Planeta decide publicar todos los demás o me voy a quedar más que a medias con la historia, porque sigo sin querer leer las novelas, ya quiero leerlo en formato cómic, porque soy cabezona y ya está. Así que le suplico a Planeta que por favor publique los demás volúmenes de esta saga porque sino me vais a dejar con la saga a medias :(

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol Storm

    Wonderful adaptation, even if everyone looks too pretty at times. Cersei looks like a department store mannequin!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    My first true "read" of a graphic novel. I'd looked through a few issues of The Walking Dead, and enjoyed them, but having read this collection, I now wonder if it's set an impossible standard for future reads. I loved everything about A Game of Thrones graphic novel. Story adaptation, art, coloring, dialogue boxes, and the script itself, all spot on. Every scene conveyed emotion, movement, intensity. Thoroughly impressed with this work, and very much looking forward to further issues.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Avinash

    Well! Colossal is the right word for ASoIaF series and adapting it (even only the first novel "A Game of Thrones" of the series) into graphic novel is no easy job. The book series was very popular itself and the HBO TV Series adaptation made apparently the whole world it's fan, this doesn't make anyone's job easy. You can simply screw things because of the sheer weight of expectations so it required the utmost level of commitment and hard work. I am glad they succeeded in it. Being a comics book Well! Colossal is the right word for ASoIaF series and adapting it (even only the first novel "A Game of Thrones" of the series) into graphic novel is no easy job. The book series was very popular itself and the HBO TV Series adaptation made apparently the whole world it's fan, this doesn't make anyone's job easy. You can simply screw things because of the sheer weight of expectations so it required the utmost level of commitment and hard work. I am glad they succeeded in it. Being a comics book fan I was sold just after reading the Preface by GRRM himself. He explained the pain of a comics book reader and the importance of these visual story medium. The best thing about this graphic novel is the whole team worked on and adapted only from the books. They did a fantastic job of keeping it different from the TV series (obviously that was a legal binding as well, still they did a pretty good job). Almost all of us know the story and obviously its engrossing, the team have adapted it in the best way possible. This volume covers almost the 1/4th story of the first novel (the point until Daenerys conceived the baby). I have read few people complained about certain missing plot and sub-stories but that's obviously the limitation of the medium, even the TV series has the same. The artwork and colors are amazing. I loved the bonus stuff which was about the making of this graphic-novel. It showed the passion and level of involvement of the team including GRRM himself. I specially loved the part where they explained the selection process of illustrator. Also the story behind the art development of "The Others" and "Iron Throne" was quite amusing. So if you are a fan of either ASoIaF book series or GOT TV series you are going to enjoy this for sure. For those who haven't read or watched them, probably its the less time consuming way to enjoy the Westeros, go for it.

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