Every week, I’ll be bringing you a comic book cover that I feel eclipses others out there—to the point I might just have to own it!
The BadAss Comic Book Cover for this week is for A Game of Thrones #8. As George R. R. Martin’s opus continues to convert fantasy fans and non-fantasy fans alike, it is important to note that the adaptations did not end with the HBO series. Dynamite has been producing a faithful comic book adaptation as well with the talented Daniel Abraham conducting the writing duties and the rising star Tommy Patterson lending his penciling talents. The series has been published monthly the last eight months with at least another sixteen months to go.
Why do I love this cover though? It’s how it ties into the story—and at this point the story is starting to heat up. It’s the perspective the artist chose to use, framing the shot from the inside of the armorer’s shop toward the door. It’s the surprise on Eddard Stark’s face as he walks through said door. Why is he surprised? The observer wants to know. Those who have read the book know exactly what he is surprised at—and yes, it has to do with the bull horns and the man who made them. I love how Gendry “the Bull” is highlighted by the light of Eddard, the bastard featured in the shadows of anonymity. There isn’t a whole lot going on the surface of this art, but those who know the backstory know it is power
Something tells me that the cursed sword will be feasting on souls a few moments after this painting takes place!
Here is a bit more about A Game of Thrones #8:
Covers: Mike Miller
Writer: George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham
Artist: Tommy Patterson
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Publication Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 pages
UPC: 725130183996 00811
The Story: Assisted by the enigmatic Littlefinger, Lord Eddard Stark delves deeper into the death of his predecessor as King’s Hand, but the answers he finds only cast a wider net of suspicion over a royal court already reeking of corruption and treachery. Meanwhile, in the icy environs of Castle Black, the bastard Jon Snow learns a lesson in bravery and brotherhood from a self-confessed coward, Samwell Tarly.
A Game of Thrones #8 is in fine comic book stores now!
More next Saturday! In the meantime, go visit your local comic book store…