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A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel, Volume Two Hardcover – 11 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007493045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007493043
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best … tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting' Time Magazine

‘The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads …Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias’
Guardian

‘Colossal, staggering … Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … The writing is always powerful …' SFX

‘Truly epic … with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites.’
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About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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A question for those of you who've read "A Game of Thrones" in novel form: when you imagined all the characters in their grubby, dark-ages glory, did you imagine Disney-style cartoony faces with big, shiny manga-eyes and glossy digital colour? If so, I think this book will make you very happy as it's a very good adaptation of the source material in terms of story and dialogue and the artwork certainly has that "1990s Marvel comics" feel, with exaggerated, angular, cartoony characters, coloured in shiny digital separations.

It doesn't work for me though.

The artwork for such a dark, bloody story of double crossing and court intrigue needs to be grubby and realistic. There are plenty of illustrators out there who can do a realist style and would have suited the story much more strongly.

I think the illustrator was badly chosen for this book and this is a major problem for a graphic adaptation.
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I suspect it's always tricky when looking at a second adaptation of a work and trying not to compare it to the other adapation. It is a question that should it be judged on it's own merits or should it be compared to the TV series. Either way be it purely compared to the book or alongside the TV series the comic adapation falls slightly short of the mark and doesn't live up to the books as well as the TV series does.

However it's still A Song of Ice & Fire so it's still a good read and it does a good job of adapting prose into a comic format.

The comic does attempt to do it's own thing seperate from the series as they have attempted to make sure the characters bare little resemblance to the actors playing them in the TV series. As mentioned in another review think of Marvel during the nineties and you probably aren't far off the mark. While it is hard to not think of the cast of the series when looking at the comic art for the most part the designs work quite well a few are slightly questionable. The covers are also good and the Alex Ross cover is probably the best cover done for the series. Although the Ross cover fails to convey anything about the series.

Unlike the TV series the Stark children are returned to their ages from the book. Their designs for the most part are quite good although Arya and Bran look older than they should. Catelyn on the other hand looks younger than her character should do.

There are however some some rather odder choices made in the adapation The comic book adapation is overseen by the editors of the books themselves so that makes some of the choices very odd indeed.
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I own the first volume and this is much in the same vein, they are a fantastic version of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series and I highly recommend them to anyone who is a fan of either the books or the TV series.
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For a graphic novel this has got to be one of the best ones to date, for anyone who has read the orginal novels like I have to adapt it from the novel(s) and to redo it in this format could not have been easy, got to remember this is not a tie in to the series of books or the tv series but just another medium in to which to bring the novel to life so forget it being an accurate adaptation of the novel but just an excellent way to bring the story to life, the artwork is simply amazing the folk who have worked on this have done an amazing job for anyone who likes graphic novels this is going to be a great one to add to anyones collection this has got to be one of the best ones I've read since the Hobbit.
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Here is the second part of this lavish adaption of the Game of Thrones novel. Everyone is getting into their stride and growing more confident and capable. This means less typos.

We also see this volume diverge from the TV show more. There is a marvellous ascent to the Eyrie that would have been cut from TV for budget and you would have thought would disappear here due to length. But it appears in all its glory. This level of micro-detail is as surprising as it is welcome and makes the world richer for it.

The hardback format returns and so to do the special features. If you have any inclination to create comics, in whatever role, it is your duty to read this. In this section we look at the entire transition process to the text of the original novel, through all the different stages, to the finished graphical masterpiece. Invaluably we get to see the creative discussions and see what techniques were tried and rejected. This peek behind the curtain is an anathema to many creative people so we are really privileged and can learn a lot.

The art and colour is sumptuous with each issue representing weeks if not months of work. Backgrounds are impossibly detailed and faces and heraldry receive superb attention. The boxes of narration are keyed to certain characters, just as they are in the source material, but black on red or black on brown is never a good idea.

This is another delightful volume that makes a good stepping stone for those who want more than TV but aren’t quite ready to give up their pretty pictures.

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