A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1
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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels Vol. 1)

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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 pag...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Bantam (first published 2011)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Ranting Dragon
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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...more
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...more
Karen
Oct 01, 2012 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Any GoT fan
Any fan of 'A Game of Thrones' would like reading through this book. It's a very quick read and follows the story of the first book upto a specific point. (view spoiler)

It does follow the book quite faithfully, but, it is no substitute for the main book. Read A Game of Thrones or watch the HBO series first.

The illustration is decent at best. Quite a few characters, male ones partic...more
Haley WillEatYouForBreakfast
Okay, first and foremost let me say this: I love A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's fantastic. Let me also say that I love the new medium Martin's story is told in: graphic novel/comic form. The graphic novel is colorful, true to the characterizations of Martin's story -- NOT HBO's -- and in a word, gorgeous.
But it has it's faults. Some of you may find my nitpicking tedious, which it might be considering I can't even watch HBO's adaptation of the series without cringing, but true fans will unde...more
zxvasdf
I think the only relevant thing about this is the introduction by RR Martin. Naturally he expounds his successes, but he said something significant about how an idea (like the Game of Thrones, for instance) can be spread across several mediums, and how these mediums approach the narrative in their unique ways. Martin beseeches the reader to accept the tale the way it is told, for it is being done the best way it can fit for the medium, and use this as a springboard to explore the story in the ot...more
MissAnnThrope
14 February 2013

As a huge fan of the Game of Thrones books, it pains me to say that I did not enjoy this much at all. Although the story more closely follows the actual books than the HBO series does, the storytelling in A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol.1 falls flat and feels extremely dull. I would think it an impossible feat to turn one of the most exciting, epic fantasy novels into something so boring that it would be a chore to finish, but sadly here is the evidence to prove me wron...more
Jordan
Read the book or watch the HBO series. Pass on this unless you're just really curious. I'm a pretty huge GoT fan, but I found myself struggling to finish this.

This was pretty disappointing. I'll start with the art. It was decent. But that was it. Maybe it's just personal preference, but I really thought the art for this was kind of average with nothing to stand out or make it spectacular. All the characters seemed to have a sameness to them, especially the men who all had the same chiseled look....more
Lette
As have millions of others, I saw the first season of "Game of Thrones" on HBO and found it interesting and enjoyable. I really liked the fact that it had many people with different reasons for pursuing power, and that each had a story to tell. After that season ended, I found myself intrigued enough to acquire and read every one of George RR Martin's books.
In all truth, this has got to be the best series I've ever read. I hate Martin for some of the things he has done in his books, but that onl...more
Everitt
Mar 29, 2012 Everitt rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Game of Thrones, comic book geeks
This is an adaptation of the first half of George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones. Martin and his editor supervised the adaptation and so it is very faithful to the source material. If you are familiar with the story (which I won't review here, that belongs to the novel) you'll be able to appreciate the comic adaptation as a very visual companion to Martin's very visual writing. If you've not read the book itself, but only seen the HBO Miniseries Game of Thrones this book will be not too different...more
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...more
lucy by the sea
Just so shit. I would go into why I think it is shit but too many of my friends like the books and tv show and I can't be bothered getting into long winded arguments with them. This is a shit book.
Becca
I don't know why I was surprised that this lengthy tale would would take a few volumes to tell in a graphic novel format, but I was. This volume is 240 pages, which, in itself, is long for a graphic novel. But as I moved through the story, I realized that since Game of Thrones is fairly complex, it would take a while to nail down all the necessary plot points. There were a few typos ("pay" was written instead of "pray" for instance) and I cannot read Tyrion's section very well--the black ink on...more
Magila
I was able to read this entire graphic novel on a plane. It's a quick read, although complex, well written, and well illustrated. I enjoyed that it was treated as its own work, and of necessity diverged from other adaptations (namely the HBO series).

The characters were well represented and presented in my opinion, and the story was clear and moved. My only qualm, and this is my same issue with the HBO series, is the nudity is unnecessary. I am not saying it is uncalled-for, in the they are addin...more
Josh
The graphic novel adaptation of A GAME OF THRONES Vol.1 got it right for the most part. The story is true to the source material though condensed to suit the medium yet the tone and overall message is well conveyed. Vol.1 follows events up until Daenerys conformance/acceptance with Drogo as her husband. Understandably, the full adaptation is to be just as epic as the novels themselves, as a result Vol.1 feels a little like half a book (because it is).

My biggest gripe with the graphic novel adap...more
Kate
I loved the first novel in the series, I love the TV series.... I didn't love this so much. As I've mentioned in other reviews, I'm not a huge fan of graphic novel versions of books for the sake of it being a graphic novel. I prefer a graphic novel derived from a longer novel to add something to the novel that we couldn't get from a TV or movie version or from just text. While the illustrations were nice, they didn't add anything new to the story (for an example of what I mean, check out The Dar...more
Claire
I'm really torn on whether to give this three stars or four, but in the end I've gone for a high three. Out of the three mediums (book, television, and graphic novel), I would have to say this is my least favourite. That isn't to say it's not good, because it is; when you're working from such spectacular source material, it's next to impossible to make something that isn't good, but it just doesn't captivate as well as the novel or the series, in my opinion. The artwork is wonderful, and they've...more
George Trello
I remember when I first saw the covers for the individual issues contained in this series, I thought they were campy and misogynistic. I still think they're a bit campy, but after actually reading them I've realized the artist really has a grasp on the story he's illustrating. This is actually a fantastic adaptation. So if you can't bring yourself to wade through the thick oppressive volume that is Game of Thrones and the HBO series isn't a true enough adaptation for you (or you just need more!)...more
Miss
As an adaptation this is adequate, it competently condenses the first half of a very large novel. Adequate is the best I can say though, the artwork is satisfactory at best and outright bad at worst (Patterson's adult anatomy is fine but every time he tries to draw children in motion he reverts to giving them proportions like Tyrion Lannister's. I know they're around the same height but children and dwarves do not have the same kind of bodies. His character's faces aren't terribly distinctive ei...more
Nermin
Oct 20, 2012 Nermin rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ASoIaF/Game of Thrones fans
ah, those auburn haired Starks took my breath away. Catelyn was so hot, i think it a bit unrealistic for a woman who gave birth to 5 children to be so young and attractive. but i'm not complaining, these comics made me warm up to her ( and i'm supposed to be straight:D) well, there's more to this book than a sexy Catelyn, of course. these comics enables us to see the characters as George R.R.Martin visualised them. I feel the tv series didnt portray them quite accurately, as they are in the book...more
Kendra
Everyone keeps talking about this series, so when I saw the graphic novel version at the library, I decided to get the quick edition. The story was ok. It was kind of a fantasy/middle age type story. A lot of intrigue and fighting to hold the kingdom together. I liked how the wolves protected each of the lord's children. And I'm sure the later books take you into more detail and weave the story more fully. But there is so much ... Blood! Sex (including incest)! UGG!!! Not my kind of book. Won't...more
Seth Ganier
I'm not too into comic books/graphic novels, but I highly enjoy A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, as well as the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Having that said, I thought this was unnecessary... seems more like a money-grab than a high-quality work of art. The adapted story is much simplified from the original, so I suppose if you're already familiar with the books (or even the television adaptation), then this would make a fine collector's item. However, the illustrations were simply...more
Kate
Tento grafický román byl naprosto skvělý. Žádný jsem předtím nečetla, ale vydělala třeba jen ukázky a nikdy mě pořádně žádný nezaujal. Tento naopak ano a vůbec nezklamal. Všechny kresby jsou do posledního detailu propracované a naprosto dechberoucí. S ohledem na to, že jsem knihy nečetla a seriál neviděla, jsem byla hodně překvapena, jak skvělé to bylo a jak mě to na knihy a seriál nalákalo. Doufám, že se mi knihy brzo dostanou do ruky a že co nejdříve vrhnu na seriál. :)
Van Phan
Derived from the original book itself, this graphic novel capture more of the detailed visual illustrations of the storyline more than what the adapted television show or games present it to be. This fantasy book would capture the attention of any middle school student and up because of the different viewpoints, characters, settings, etc. Unlike other children’s picture books, graphic novels focus on certain scenes with images and it includes not only narration, but character’s dialogue. The col...more
Katherine
Liked the Others artwork, and Tyrion was well drawn and colored.

Disliked how all the female characters had the same face and ridiculous body type. This smacks of laziness. Catelyn is a mother of five and at the least pushing 40, yet they gave her the body of an eighteen year old. Same with some of the male characters. Can't tell them apart on sight. Could have been so much better. And there was a typo. Seems like this was rushed through.
Nancy
My son told me I have become AGOT's geek. He asked me if I'm going out to buy action figures or collectibles next. That said, I really loved the graphic novel EXCEPT there were way too many errors in the text. I know these guys are all about art and color, but I think they should have been a little more careful with the text. I expect they will fix that in the next episode. Can't wait til 12/12.
Eric
Collects the first six issues.

Full disclosure: I've read the novels--the real ones--several times. So when I say that the graphic novel is not good, it's possible that it's suffering (badly) by comparison.

That said, it is not good. The plot kept jerking forward ungracefully, the narration was dull, and the art--while pretty--told the story in a boring, uninspired fashion. I won't be picking up v2.
Camille
Volume one covers a portion of the first book in the series (this is based off the books, not the HBO series) and my guess is that they'll do anywhere from 3-5 volumes per book. It's hard to capture the enormity of Martin's work, but I felt that Abraham captured all the main points, as well as some other more minor scenes. Patterson's art is amazing and the detail that he puts in the larger scenes is incredible.

The only reason I gave it a 4 is because I wasn't happy with how some of the charact...more
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Daniel Abraham is an American science fiction / fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of Clarion West, and sometimes collaborates with George R. R. Martin, another New Mexico resident.

His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His novelette Flat Diane was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairyt...more
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