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From Prose, to TV, to Comics & back Game of Thrones rules the literary landscape

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Now that We've all been all been “shocked” by the ending of the third season of HBO’s adaption of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy books Game of Thrones — including all of the blood, magic, sex, and death in the amazing Season 3 conclusion, we are all looking forward to the start of season three (which is speculated to be around April, 2014. To be sure, Red Wedding was really only a shock to those folks who hadn’t actually read the books, and had only been watching the TV show. Still, there are probably quite a few aficionados of the series who don’t realize that the bestselling series ass also been adapted into a comicbook that is published by Dynamite Entertainment.

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Now we learn that George R.R. Martin has just released a new Game of Thrones book entitled The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister, both of which will hopefully allow fans to pass the time until the launch of season four. Yes it is true, the conquest of all forms of media by Martin continues as his popular series continues to claim new ground. The Wit and Wisdom book is a funny collection of wicked one-liners from the incomparable Imp of Casterly Rock, which is fully illustrated by Jonty Clark. While the masses of the Seven Kingdoms refer to him as Halfman, none have ever accused Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) of being a halfwit. To those who are familiar with his biting with they know that his golden tongue has saved his skin slightly more often than it has landed him in mortal peril. Now, this illustrated volume preserves his most essential knowledge for future generations, including perhaps his most salient observation; “My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind . . . and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”

Meanwhile the on-going comicbook — which is currently up to issue #23 —is doing a rather amazing job of capturing and the presenting multiple points of view and convoluted plot-lines contained in both the books and on HBO. So even here in comicbook form readers can closely follow the loves and lives of the noble houses of Westeros, The Starks, learn about the Wall, the Targaryen plot-line and more.

Faithfully adapted by acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrated by Tommy Patterson they bring the epic fantasy masterwork to a magnificent new life in the pages of this lavishly rendered series (the initial six issues form a story arc that is gathered together to form a graphic novel). Within the pages of the comic, Martin’s characters garner a new lease on life as they all but leap off the pages in glorious color as the art simply draws you into the world of the Thrones. Perhaps the most interesting part of the comic series is how easily it manages to convey all of the intricate plotlines, mosaic history, and complex character relationships contained in this imposing prose work bringing it to new life as it makes the work available to new fans.

Further, it proves to be surprisingly accessible for someone who may not have read the book or seen the HBO TV show, while — at the same time — providing both unique insights and a new take on the series and show. So now that you’ve read the books; watched the TV show, played the video, card, and board games, you can now read the comicbook. with the series currently in hiatus on HBO, now would be a perfect time to check out the Dynamite comic as well as the collected and bound hardcover editions.

It is within the pages of the comic, that Martin’s characters receive yet a new lease on life as they all but leap off the pages in glorious color while the art draws you into this magical world of Thrones. Needless to say, the most compelling part of the comic series is how easily it manages to convey all of the intricate plotlines, mosaic history, and complex character relationships that are contained within this magnificent prose work, bringing it to new life as it brings the work to and an entirely new fan base. Further, it makes the work surprisingly accessible for individuals who may not have either read the book or seen the HBO TV show, while — at the same time — providing both unique insights and a new take on the series and show itself.

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Robert J. Sodaro has been writing professionally for some 30+ years. He came of age not only watching TV, but reading comicbooks and going to the movies. Subscribe to receive regular articles and reviews about TV programs.

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