Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Reader's Diary #1117- George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson: Game of Thrones Vol. 1
At the end of Game of Thrones (the graphic novel), Volume One however, there are short commentaries from the editor and a couple of the creators, that are making me somewhat reluctant to say how I truly feel about this book. They come across as lovely people, not arrogant in the least, but talking about all of their hard work and difficult decisions and the final payoff, like they may have just created the next Watchmen or Akira. I feel almost guilty about saying that I didn't wind up appreciating their efforts. Like at all.
Perhaps had I read Martin's originals or watched the HBO series, I'd have had enough sense of the story and characters to fill in the blanks and clear up my confusion. However, I found it all very flat. There were so many characters and none were particularly interesting or presented with enough psychological depth to be believable. There was a lot of conflict and angst but it just came across as a tangled mess, leaving me completely uninspired to untangle it. The art felt generic, the characters suffered from open-mouth syndrome, the angles were mostly just straight ahead affairs, and the panel layouts were consistently boring throughout. From all of the near fanatical praise I've heard of the other incarnations of this series, I can't help but feel this adaptation completely missed the mark, at least as a standalone work.
Still, I am happy I suppose that at least those who worked on it enjoyed the end product. I clearly did not but mine is just one opinion. I hope there are no hard feelings.