George R.R. Martin’s globally recognised epic A Song of Ice and Fire continues in the latest instalment of the comic book equivalent to A Clash of Kings.
The official adaptation by Dynamite Entertainment of the second book in the series started in June last year. The comic book series is adapted by Landry Q Walker, with the artwork coming from Mel Rubi and colouring from Ivan Nunes.
A Clash of Kings takes place after the events of A Game of Thrones, where Westeros finds itself amid civil war. The death of King Robert Baratheon means his son Joffrey and brothers Renly and Stannis all hold claim to the throne. All while Robb Stark is the professed “King of the North”, and Balon Greyjoy remains king of the Iron Islands.
In issue #13 we find ourselves following the story through the eyes of Theon Greyjoy and Tyrion Lannister.
Theon Greyjoy, heir to the Seastone Chair, is on his way to the Iron Islands to receive his father’s plans. Upon his arrival, he meets a sharp-witted wench whom he has an instant liking to. He is hoping for an heirs welcome but things don’t go exactly as planned. Giving him a new meaning to the ever famous saying, “what is dead may never die”.
Tyrion Lannister, youngest son of Lord Tywin Lannister, finds himself as the acting Hand of the King. This puts him in a powerful position to pull strings from the front line, with what is essentially the power of a king. He now has a voice and the respect he craves after being commonly referred to as The Imp. Tyrion has a liking to this title and will do whatever it takes to keep his seating on the throne.
As is the case with most fans of George R.R Martin’s work, my first encounter with the A Song of Ice and Fire series was with HBO’s Game of Thrones TV show. After watching the first few seasons, I held off catching up with it to check out the original source material. Because of this I found myself having to rewatch the earlier seasons just to get back into the TV show’s timeline.
Landry Q Walker’s adaptation is true to the sequence of events of the TV show. Thanks to this, A Clash of Kings serves as the perfect way to recap the series. With the release of season 8 next year it is a great way to catch up with the earlier seasons, especially if you’re late to the GoT party.
On the other hand, I would’ve preferred a new story adding to the lore of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Or even an alternate take on the events of the TV show, like the Star Wars novelisations and comic books.
Mel Rubi and Ivan Nunes have done brilliant work in the pencilling and colouring department. Giving a more realistic take to the characters and locations of Westeros. This compliments and suits the overall nature of the intertwining, dialogue intense storylines of the books. Especially as new characters are regularly introduced without much backstory.
Rubi and Nunes have also done well to differentiate between the different locations the characters are based in. Subtleties in diverse light and weather conditions help to place characters in Westeros. This is a good way to bring the look of the locations to life, without needing to physically spell it out.
- THE GOOD
- • Faithful adaptation of the source material.
- • Character development and dialogue.
- THE BAD
- • Difficult to follow narration and speech within the panels in places.
If you like the Game of Thrones TV show or the books, then you should be Valar Dohae-reading this.