Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #1-2 Review - This Doesn't Really Work
• Dynamite Comics (Publisher)
I read Clash of Kings #1 and had a really hard time reviewing it. I've never watched an episode of Game of Thrones nor have I read the books by George R. R. Martin. This series isn't even covering the first book. Reading these comics was like getting dropped into a foreign country working with only a passing knowledge of the language.
The art is decent the story is probably passable if you've read the book or watched the show. As a comic, these books just don't gel at all. The comic splits itself into segments covering principal characters and events.
The problem with the comic is the translation. Game of Thrones is a prose novel. It shouldn't be released as a comic. At least as a direct adaptation. I could totally see the series released in graphic novel format but releasing these issues in a monthly format is an exploitation of the highest order. The pacing is shit, nothing really happens in either issue of note and issue #2 just ends.
The second major problem is that there is no recap. If you follow the show or the book series you probably know what's going on. If you're like me this comic may as well be written in greek. The format presented is also extremely boring. There is very little action in the issue so basically what we have here is a great artist drawing bland-looking people spewing endless exposition.
If the book was released as a Graphic Novel it would have worked better because you could read it in chunks. As a monthly, both of these issues have been a slog. It took me three days to get through it. If you're a hardcore fan of the Game of Thrones franchise you may find some interest but for everyone else, stay away.