Having enjoyed Red Country so much, and realised it's the most recent in a long line of novels set in the same story world, I went back last week to the start of the First Law series, to The Blade Itself. I did wonder how I'd go reading the two titles in eactly the opposite direction to that intended by Joe Abercrombie, and with half a dozen or more titles missing in between.
Not a problem. In fact, in a wierd way knowing what becomes of Logan, the 'Bloody Nine', made it even more engaging to go back to his creation mythology in Blade. I'll slot one of these books in for BookClub later this year, but first I wanted to indulge in a little pity party for myself because Joe beat me, and beat me well, to having a graphic novel of his series come out.
There's a couple of panels below which will give you some idea of how lush but precisely detailed is the artwork. I've only just read the chapters these scenes are pulled from and they seem like hyper real renderings of my own imagination.
I'm dying imagining how some of Caitlin or Miguel's scenes in the Disappearance books would look on the page in this format.
If you're interested in sussing out the rest of First Law in comic book form I have happy news. It's free over at FirstLawComic.com. Just point your mouse at the archive. It is an ongoing project, so only the first couple of editions are up, but new pages go live every week.
From the site:
The books have sold over 2 million copies and are published in 26 languages, now Blind Ferret bring you a comprehensive, full colour graphic novel of The First Law adapted by Chuck Dixon and edited by Rich Young, with art by Andie Tong, Colors by Pete Pantazis, Letters and Design by Bill Tortolini, and with input and oversight at every stage from Joe Abercrombie. It will be available, free to anyone with an internet connection, here at www.firstlawcomic.com, with new pages released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Entire 22 pg issues are available from ComiXology, with guided view and bonus content. Finally, every four issues will be combined in printed collections with further bonus material.
JB is envy.