The GeeksverseA Game Of Thrones #1

A Game Of Thrones #1
Published on Friday, September 23, 2011 by

Written by: Daniel Abraham
Art: Tommy Patterson
Colored by: Ivan Nunes
Lettered by: Marshall Dillon
Cover Art: A- Alex Ross; B- Mike S. Miller
Series Editors: Annie Groell & Tricia Pasternak
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

I read the book awhile ago. I remember not being able to get into the second book and I’ll probably give it another go sometime. The point is that I don’t really remember the book that much so I’m not sure how much of an adaption this is. I’m not sure how far off from the book it goes. So I’ll look at this as a stand-alone work, as someone coming to it for the first time.

In that regard it does a fair job of providing an interesting world. The story could have benefitted from location captions. That would have helped place the different storylines that appear in this issue. Abraham chooses to be pretty wordy in adapting the novel to comics form. There’s alot of descriptive text. Almost too much in some areas. Most areas.

He choose an almost narrative tone for the captions, as if someone was reciting a story. It’s a bit distracting at time. I don’t think it’s the best tone to use. It might have worked better, and helped set the mood better, if he had chosen to use a more straight descriptive tone of voice.

There’s almost a conflict between the words and the art. The art is more static, with the words being the moving force of the issue. In a way it feels like the art are illustrations in different parts of the book, and that this is meant to be more prose than graphic.

For a comic book that’s not a good balance.

The art itself is nice. Patterson has some nice layouts. The action is a little jumpy, which helps make the overall feel still more prose novel than graphic novel.

A Game Of Thrones #1 receives
3 out of 5

An interesting idea to adapt the novel, but this ends up being to much prose and not enough graphic.

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