Get Started In GAME OF THRONES

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

A GAME OF THRONES is the common name for George R.R. Martin's epic sword and sorcery fantasy novel series. A GAME OF THRONES is a seven-volume novel series and the first series in an envisioned trilogy under the broader name, A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. A striking feature of the story is the burgeoning cast of characters, to any of which fans would be wise not to get too attached, as even seemingly major characters can exit the narrative as quickly as they entered. Other apparently minor characters can rise in turn based on events, disappear and reappear later. Another endearing aspect of the epic is the limited perspective of each character. While the audience may have disparate pieces of knowledge, characters are not afforded the luxury, generating heightened anticipation in the audience for forthcoming character revelations. While the medieval fantasy genre was not new, Martin produced a genre-transcending drama that received broad critical acclaim. The series' adaptation to television on HBO vaulted it to new heights of popularity.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Game of Thrones comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Dynamite is adapting the novels in 24-issue series, and they are currently on A CLASH OF KINGS.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
DYNAMITEOngoingGAME OF THRONES: A CLASH OF KINGS [2017]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Game of Thrones. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Game of Thrones.

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Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Game of Thrones comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Game of Thrones. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

So far, the GoT comic series have been collected only in hardcover.

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
GAME OF THRONES VOL 01Quick ViewJul 2018GAME OF THRONES [2012-HC] VOL 01
2ND EDITION ($26.00 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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GAME OF THRONES VOL 02Quick ViewJul 2018GAME OF THRONES [2012-HC] VOL 02
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GAME OF THRONES VOL 03Quick ViewMar 2014GAME OF THRONES [2012-HC] VOL 03
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GAME OF THRONES VOL 04Quick ViewMay 2015GAME OF THRONES [2012-HC] VOL 04
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GAME OF THRONES: A CLASH OF KINGS VOL 01Quick ViewOct 2018GAME OF THRONES: A CLASH OF KINGS [2017-HC] VOL 01
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GAME OF THRONES: A CLASH OF KINGS VOL 02Quick ViewOct 2019GAME OF THRONES: A CLASH OF KINGS [2017-HC] VOL 02
  
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1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Game of Thrones, if it's within your budget. Dynamite is adapting each of the GOT novels in 24-issue series. The first issue of the first series is the first appearance of GOT in comics.

  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #1  (1st appearance of Game of Thrones (in comics))

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero/villain is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting/committing crime. However, Game of Thrones is not a superhero story. It's an epic sword and sorcery fantasy series.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Game of Thrones comic books.

  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #1-24   
  • GAME OF THRONES: A CLASH OF KINGS [2017] #1-   

Media Source Material

Media source material cover for GAME OF THRONES

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Game of Thrones, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. However, with Game of Thrones, movies and other media are typically not produced from comic source material. Comic book adaptations (and--hopefully--comic book spin-offs) are produced from movies and other media.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Game of Thrones, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The issues listed in this section are predominantly non-variants (i.e. main covers). The entire 24-issue run of the first Game of Thrones series is collectible.

Key Issue cover 1 for GAME OF THRONESKey Issue cover 2 for GAME OF THRONESKey Issue cover 3 for GAME OF THRONESKey Issue cover 4 for GAME OF THRONES
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #1   (1st appearance of Game of Thrones (in comics))
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #2   (2nd appearance of Game of Thrones (in comics))
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #3   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #4   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #5   
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  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #9   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #10   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #11   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #12   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #13   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #14   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #15   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #16   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #17   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #18   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #19   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #20   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #21   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #22   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #23   
  • GAME OF THRONES [2011] #24