The BadAss Comic Book Cover for this week is for Game of Thrones #5. A Game of Thronesby George R. R. Martin has been a bestseller now for more than a decade, and now with the HBO show, it continues to draw new readers into the fantasy genre. The comic book adaptation by Tommy Patterson and Daniel Abraham are doing the same thing, though in an entirely different medium, and their work is not going unnoticed. The first couple of issues sold out, leading to several new printings. And with Daniel handling the writing and the second season of the HBO show looming in April, I’m sure this comic book adaptation will continue on for many more months to come.

Why do I love this cover though? It captures the scene perfectly. Sansa is saddened at the loss of her direwolf Lady, already turning away from her father and sister. Arya is all sorts of angry, wanting to kill Sansa for lying. Typical siblings. Ned has nothing to say, knowing they were trapped by Cersei and uncertain if he can be the Hand of the King that Westeros needs. And all the while the king sits in the back, passive to what is occurring. The artist, Mike Miller, captured the mood of the scene and translated it into art, with Sansa torn between her old life on the right hand side of the image and what will be her new life on the left.

Here is a bit more about Game of Thrones #5:

Rating: Mature
Cover: Mike Miller
Writer: George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham
Artist: Tommy Patterson
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 pages

The Story: Storm clouds gather over Westeros in the fifth installment of Daniel Abraham’s gripping adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy masterpiece A Game of Thrones. A childish game gone horribly wrong pits Arya Stark against Prince Joffrey, with Sansa Stark in the middle. But behind youthful rivalries, cold-blooded political intrigue is at work as Queen Cersei uses all her wiles to blunt the influence of Eddard Stark, the Hand of the King. Meanwhile, Lady Catelyn has journeyed to King’s Landing with the blade used in the attempted assassination of her son Bran-evidence that will upset a precarious balance of power. And in Winterfell, a dying Bran takes a mystical journey . . . and faces a fateful choice.

Game of Thrones #5 is in fine comic book stores now!