Why I can’t Wait for Dunk and Egg
Now, I’m assuming that you’re more likely to be a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones than not. If you are of the latter persuasion, though, then hear me out: I’m about tell you about a comic series that’s enjoyable regardless if you watch the epic TV series based on George RR Martin’s saga or not. Also, if you don’t watch Game of Thrones, then there’s no need for you to flaunt it to us like the asshole you are. Now, let’s get back to the series that I want to talk to you about.
As you might have not known, especially if you’re exclusively a casual viewer of the TV show, is that A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t the only story that George RR Martin has written. In truth, he’s published numerous novels prior to A Song of Ice and Fire, which range from fantasies set in other worlds to science fiction. The book series in question, though, is one that’s still set in Westeros and acts as a companion piece to his Ice and Fire Saga. I am talking about none other than his tales of Dunk and Egg series of novellas (that means short novel, you comic book nerd), which are stories set almost a century before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.
Specifically, I want to talk about the comic book adaptations of this series, which are really worth reading whether or not you’re a fan of the show or book series. If I’m not mistaken, I think there have been about two volumes that have already been released, with a third one coming out this month. And, all I can say is that these stories are really worth the read. First, there’s Mike S. Miller’s wonderful illustrations that do justice to the whole atmosphere of the Dunk and Egg series, which you may be surprised to find out is significantly less stern or harrowing than its more famous cousin. Suffice it to say that Dunk and Egg is more high adventure than it is drama.
All right, all right. I mentioned that it could serve as a companion piece to Martin’s whole Ice and Fire novels, but you should know that by no means is it even remotely similar to the disgusting and, frankly, stupid way that corporate comics do tie-ins or crossovers. Nope, that is not the case at all when it comes to Dunk and Egg; it’s a story that can stand on its own. I will even go so far as to say that if you’re unfamiliar with Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire and you read the Dunk and Egg stories first, then you’ll discover they’re more like the companion pieces than the other way around.
Of course, I won’t be giving away much in terms of the plot, but all you need to know about Dunk and Egg is that it’s about the adventures of those two titular characters, one a hedge knight and the other a soon-to-be-king.