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   Game Of Thrones #1 1st Ptg Regular Alex Ross Cover,9/21/2011 8:38:50 PM
 
Whether youre looking at this minimalist but tasteful cover and thinking "I know this story!" or "Why is that guy surrounded by doggies?" theres a little bit for you to like inside this comic. Fans of the Game of Thrones TV show can read this and learn more about the world and characters through narration. Fans of the Song of Ice and Fire books can see the novels more directly translated into images without some of the changes that television demanded. And if youre not already familiar with George R.R. Martins high fantasy epic, the comic wont expect you to bring knowledge to the table; itll hold your hand. You wont be throwing this work aside in disgust. At the same time, this adaptation is less polished than either the TV show or the books - the exposition dumps can kind of pile up, and while the artist has made some good design choices, there are things like perspective errors and samey appearances that can dampen a newcomers enjoyment. Further, there’s the problem of softening things – while the HBO series ratcheted up the sex and the books at least mention imply some nasty things that lend a sense of realism, this comic’s playing it safe. Breasts are covered with locks of hair, some of the cruder lines are omitted. It doesn’t ruin the story, but it does make this adaptation feel a bit unnecessary and like it’s missing some of the bite of the other versions. Long story short, you’re better off reading the Hedge Knight comics set in the same universe.
   Wonder Woman Vol 4 #1 1st Ptg,9/21/2011 8:54:53 PM
 
From the team who brought you the delightfully weird Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality comes Wonder Woman like youve never seen her before… but in a good way this time! In an unexpected twist, the writer has cast our heroine as the lead in an action-horror comic – even more surprising, it works quite well. The pencils are clean and clear, if a bit bland in the calm segments, but the characters all look great. The best part is that unlike some of the other “New 52” comics, a reader can actually get into this while having only the barest familiarity with Wonder Woman. In fact, all you need to know is Greek mythology, and that only in a vague sense. While we dont get the whole story about Diana’s powers and origin in this issue, were being set up to get a handle on them through a story with elements that remind me a great deal of Buffy or Hellboy; body horror and supernatural beings in a modern world. Theres some gory fighting and Wonder Womans pretty eyes, and if the book can maintain this level of quality Ill keep recommending it – so long as it takes the time to establish the setting a little better after an admittedly fast-paced first issue.
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