- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600109160
- ISBN-13: 978-1600109164
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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George R.R. Martins Doorways HC Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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Ever since I started reading Martin's "A Song of Ice & Fire" series (aka, "Game of Thrones"), I've had a soft spot in my heart for the dude. And his storytelling skills have only been honed over time, and translate well into comic form. "Doorways" just backs that feeling up, 100%.
This one-off comic seems a bit like "Witchblade" with all of the girls with metal limbs walking around, but it's definitely nowhere near that series when it comes to plot. I kind of hope there's more to this series, because I was left with so many unanswered questions after I finished reading this volume, like: why is Cat running (aside from her quest for freedom)? And why to Past-Earth? Was it just an accident? Or was it planned? What exactly are the creatures that are pursuing her, and where are they from? What time are they from? It left me wanting to know all about this new world that Martin created, and that made it feel unfinished.
This short volume was just enough to whet my whistle after some deeper reading done earlier in the week (and it was kind of a bad week this past week), just enough to kind of make me relax and enjoy the ride. Martin is good with putting his readers at ease into the worlds he creates, even if they're not at ease with what happens within them. This is one of the reasons why I love his work.
Looking for a little bit of sci-fi fun? Check out "Doorways" and enjoy Martin's wacky new world.
The story opens with the main character, Dr. Thomas Mason, who is an ordinary man with an ordinary wife living in an ordinary life. But all that changes when a doorway opens up in the fabric of reality and an incredible, young woman named Cat steps into his life and steals his mind and perhaps his heart, as he is dragged along on the adventure of his life. Cat has the ability to travel through these doorways, taking one to different places in time and space within the blink of an eye. The problem is that there are beings after Cat, looking to stop and kill her, so she has to keep running. With Mason's help she passes through a doorway and Mason finds himself potentially sealed off from his normal life in his normal world forever, but he doesn't have time to waste, as there are creatures on his tail looking to wipe him out.
The story of Doorways is compelling, in the great science fiction way that Martin has delivered before, with a harsh and detailed art style from Martino, sucking you right into the story. The question remains if there will be any more stories to tell after this volume . . . only time will tell.
Originally written on November 20, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.
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The artwork is attractive and expressive, with color that is striking. Stefano Martino is a name to watch for in the future.
The story is a fun sci-fi/fantasy romp that takes the reader along with the characters on a run for their lives. The action starts up pretty quickly and doesn't really let up until the end. I think that one of the things that I liked the most is that Martin doesn't ever stop the story to explain to the reader exactly what is going on, there is no flash-back sequence or explanation from a narrator of what has happened in these characters' pasts, the reader just gets bits and pieces from the characters themselves as the story progresses.
My only complaint with this particular book is that it is a bit short and feels a little incomplete. I realize that this is based on the screenplay for a television pilot that was never aired and that Martin most probably didn't put a whole lot into expanding the story once it got dropped, but when he decided to move forward in turning it out in graphic novel format, there could have been a bit added to give it a more satisfying conclusion even if there are plans to continue the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love George RR and have read lots of his work. This is a great graphic novel. Too bad this TV show never made it past the pilot.Published 7 months ago by Jay Swihart
It was not stated this book was a comic book. Thought it was a regular book.Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting characters inked & colored into a dreamland fantasy... Looking forward to any subsequent editions... What's there not to like? Plot shifts & changes & action & ...Published on December 31, 2012 by Stan Grindstaff