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A Game of Thrones #2

Credits

  • Words: Daniel Abraham
  • Art: Tommy Patterson
  • Colors: Ivan Nunes
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2011

King Robert Baratheon makes his debut.

George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy A Game of Thrones has entered another incarnation in the form of Daniel Abraham and Dynamite Entertainment's comic adaptation.  How does this second issue compare to the character and dialogue dense novel and HBO series?  Quite well in fact.  Abraham successfully boils down the book's most important pieces and covers a fairly large amount of events over the course of the brief 22 pages.

Issue #2 quickly hails the entrance of King Robert Baratheon into Winterfell, the home of House Stark, along with his enormous cavalcade of princes, extended family, stewards, horses, and any other possible necessity a decadent king may require.  Though Abraham is forced to quickly move scene to scene in order to cover the vast amount of events the book demands, he is able to establish the deep friendship between King Robert and Ned Stark that is so crucial to the rest of A Game of Thrones.  The original novel, above all else, is a highly character-centric story, with countless characters each embodying a unique tone, personality, and mindset throughout the story; considering the task at hand of introducing characters with fully developed histories, Abraham should be commended for successfully building Robert and Ned's strong friendship so quickly and believably.  

The figurehead of such a vast kingdom naturally does not travel hundreds of miles for a mere vacation.  Robert's request of Ned is clearly understood as respectful (though hardly the most noble) while later the gesture is revealed to be the first step in a dangerous game filled with murder and betrayal.  Abraham not only stays true to Martin's work and characters, but clearly lays the groundwork for the complex layers of story, strategies, and deceit to come.

Art details for this adaptation of such a monumental piece of work are handled  by Tommy Patterson.  Patterson, like Abraham, skillfully establishes the settings, whether it be the frigid courtyards of Winterfell, the dark and dank crypts of long dead Starks, or the hot dining halls reeking of alcohol and drunkards.  When it comes to the the vital characters, however, Patterson's art begins to dip in quality.  Facial expressions, for example, distract from the rest of the page, oftentimes leaving characters looking square and misshapen.  Considering the oncoming storm of character introductions, Patterson’s work may make it difficult to keep track of the numerous players.  Hopefully, however, Patterson will soon create more identifiable and natural looking faces.

Longtime fans of A Game of Thrones will certainly be satisfied with Daniel Abraham’s adaptation of the much loved novel.  Though at times the pacing is a little rushed, the overall product is faithful to George R.R. Martin’s work.  With so much excitement to come in the series, now is a perfect time to pick up A Game of Thrones.

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