Game of Thrones #22 Advance Review

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Posted October 30, 2014 by John Newby in Comic Books

Written By: George R. R. Martin/Daniel Abraham

Art By: Tommy Patterson

Published By: Dynamite

 

Three years ago, Game of Thrones became a national phenomenon when the first episode premiered on HBO. Granted, this show had a built-in fanbase from George R.R. Martin’s book series, A Song of Fire and Ice, but the show was equally enjoyable. In the years since Game of Thrones’ premiere, Martin’s series has spawned video games, art, and other forms of media. One such form of media is the Game of Thrones comic series that was also released in 2011. This series follows the events of Martin’s books, and the latest issue (#22) continues that story brilliantly.

Game of Thrones #22 is set directly after Joffrey betrays Sansa Stark and has her father beheaded for his amusement. The issue follows Sansa as she struggles to deal with her father’s death while also coming to terms with her impending marriage to Joffrey. Unfortunately, Joffrey is bat-crap crazy, and he uses this craziness to perpetually torment Sansa for twisted amusement. Joffrey also finds ways to torture and belittle Sansa by displaying her father’s head and having his guards beat her.

Another part of the issue also follows Dany in her quest to save Khal Drogo from death by infection. Unfortunately, Khal Drogo falls from his horse, causing his tribe to lose faith. Most of the issue’s action takes place during this sequence when Jorah Mormont murders multiple Dothraki while protecting Dany. These Dothraki are trying to harm Dany in order to stop her from making a deal with an evil witch that would save Khal Drogo but destroy another life.

Fans of the show and novels will already know how the story progresses, but that shouldn’t be a concern. The established story is already interesting, but Abraham does a great job adapting it to a comic. One fantastic addition to the story is the constant stream of Sansa’s inner thoughts. These extra thoughts provide some of the background information that was missing during the show, and they actually make Sansa more of a sympathetic figure. Game of Thrones makes Sansa look like a spoiled brat with no redeeming qualities, but her inner monologue shows a sensitive and abused child. Dany isn’t really affected by these extra features, which is probably caused by her constant talking. Sansa is more of a brooding teenager, so she has an active inner monologue.

One other benefit to this series is the art style provided by Tommy Patterson. This art style is similar to the show in more subtle ways, but the characters and landscapes are actually quite different. Patterson creates characters that don’t resemble the actors, and I honestly find the art more interesting. Having a unique art style makes it easier to focus on the actual comic instead of imaging the actors in the same situations. Plus, Patterson makes the Hound look insanely creepy, and it’s awesome.

Game of Thrones #22 is a great issue in the series, and it’s definitely worth reading. Sure, Dany isn’t the best part of the issue, but she takes more of a lesser role. Sansa, on the other hand, is actually made better by reading the comic, and her inner thoughts are a nice addition to the story. Simply put, Game of Thrones #22 is another entertaining option for getting lost in George R.R. Martin’s universe.

 


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John Newby

A random dude obsessed with coffee, blue heelers, and most nerdy things. Big fan of Star Wars, Borderlands, Arrow/Flash, and a whole lotta video games. The Saboteur is underrated, and Silverado is the best movie ever made.