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The First Law Graphic Novel

For the past few days Joe Abercrombie has been teasing fans on his blog with early drafts of artwork. It was obvious to most early on that these teases were pointing towards an comic adaptation of Joe’s first book The Blade Itself. Today the full announcement has been made via Joe’s blog.


The First Law graphic novel will be available FREE to anyone who has an internet connection, the site is now live.


And new pages will be added every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In addition to these freely available versions, you can also buy hard copies via Comixology – http://www.comixology.com/ – and there are also plans for hardback versions of collected series later.

This is great news, I’ve been a long time fan of Joe’s work and feel this only opens his work up to a whole new audience. And who knows, maybe if this is as successful as his prose then we may one day see a screen adaptation (you listening HBO?)



Joe has posted the UK cover for his next book Red Country.

Carrying on the theme of maps and weapons used on the previous two books – Best Served Cold & The Heroes – this one shows the area the story is set in with some knives.

The wrap around gives you the full effect and the blurb…

They burned her home.

They stole her brother and sister.

But vengeance is following.

Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing.  She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company.  But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.

Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts.  Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…”

Looking good and will sit nicely alongside the rest of the collection with the battered document style. And if further proof were needed as to who everyone assumes (hopes) the character “Lamb” is, then read the first line of Joe’s text where he quotes a familiar line.



Last week author Joe Abercrombie – The First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold and The Heroes – announced new covers for two of his books in the US.

The first is for Best Served Cold. Abercrombie’s follow up to his First Law trilogy set in the country of Styria. A violent tale of betrayal and revenge told on a grand scale with a large cast. The character on the front – I assume – is the main protagonist General Monza Murcatto. Considering what happens to her at the beginning of the book, she looks better than what I’d visualized.

Next is the cover for his latest book The Heroes. Set in the North telling the story of a three day battle between the Northmen and armies of the Union, it is a gritty look at the realities of war, latrines and all.

I’m not sure I like these new covers as much as I do the traditional damaged scroll effect his books usually have. These look more like graphic novel covers, or possibly movie posters. They have a certain style to them, but then I’ve always been of the opinion a books cover should have some hint as to what the book itself is about.

The Heroes cover may cover[sic] this – the muscular arm on the front appears to point toward its owner possibly being a hero. But then if you’ve read the book you’ll know its not really about heroes – human ones or the monolithic stones the battles rages around.