The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) Paperback – 12 Nov 2013
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About the Author
George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.
Ben Avery is a lead writer and editor with Kingstone Comics. His comic book career began when he was selected by George R.R. Martin to work as the script adaptor of the comic book fantasy miniseries The Hedge Knight, based on novellas by the New York Times best-selling author. After that, he went on to co-write/co-create the critically acclaimed Lullaby and The Imaginaries for Image Comics, co-create and write the children's literature inspired fantasy The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles, develop and write the historical epic Kingdoms for Zondervan, and the sequel miniseries The Hedge Knight II, published by Marvel Comics. Javier Saltares is a well-respected comic veteran with long creative stints at both Marvel and Dark Horse Comics with such projects as Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight. In The Book of God he delivers a masterful performance in illustrating a divinely historical process.
Mike S. Miller is a veteran comic book artist, working on comic books ranging from Superman to Wolverine. Mike is also the cofounder and art director for Alias Enterprises and Cross Culture Entertainment.
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Top Customer Reviews
The graphic novel starts with the death of Ser Arlan. His squire, Dunk, mourns. But after the burial he figures that he could become a knight as well, claiming that Ser Arlan gave him the knighthood before his death. So Dunk becomes Ser Duncan and he decides to join a tournament at Ashford Meadow, so that he could make a small fortune for himself with a few easy victories. Naturally events unfold and the book ends up being a journey into what the true essence of Knighthood means.
The illustration by Mike Miller and Mike Crowell is excellent throughout the book and the story gets you immediately hooked in a true GRR Martin fashion. All the familiar family names and locations make it an intriguing experience. It's a a must buy for any SOIAF-fan.
All in all I thought it was an enjoyable read, even though the story is much cruder than the novels and this medium will never have the same depth as a book of a thousand pages.
The illustrations are glorious, I cannot think of a single fault with them. The cover pictures (two for each of the six issues inside this book) are stunning. I could stare at them all day. But what's better is that all of the pictures have a similar effect. There is no skimping on detail and there is such well-chosen perspective and well thought out movement shots that you will really feel a part of the book.
Of course, I am speaking as a big fan of the ASoIaF series; if you haven't read this (although I'd highly recommend you do anyway) then you can still enjoy The Hedge Knight. Granted even for a fan some of the familial storylines can be confusing but it'll only intrigue you and make you want more and more of this world.
I genuinely can't think of any criticisms, which is rare for me. Read and enjoy!
So why only 4 stars? Surely it rates 5? Well, maybe it does.
It might just be me, but I experienced some hesitation in following the text bubble sequence. Something did not flow easily for me - not as it would normally when reading this sort of book. And I do read a lot of books. Hopefully this will not reduce your enjoyment, but it did mine, a bit. Hence 4 stars.
Be interested if others find the text bubble arrangement problematic. Comments invited.
If you enjoy the works of Ben Avery or GRRM, this will probably suit you really well, since both do an excellent job here. I am waiting eagerly for the paperback edition of the next in the series:
Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight): 2
Of course, you could always go for the hardback version:
Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight): 2
"Hedge Knight" is recommended for its beautifully detailed depiction of a story of knightly valour and human values.
I enjoyed it very much none the less. A quick read - unlike most of GRRM's oeuvre! - and fabulously illustrated with some memorable lines and scenes. It also has refreshing humour. I'm off to buy the second one now to cheer me up in the long winter evenings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant story. It's been well adapted to the comic medium and paced beautifully. The artwork is excellent.Published 1 month ago by Jo Fox
A good read ,gives you insight into before GOT especially if you don't like reading. The graphic novel's great for those kind of people.Published 2 months ago by Kerrie Lamb
Good graphic novel to pass time. The only problem I had with it, is how short it was.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer