Given the critical and commercial success of Game of Thrones, the HBO television adaptation of the spectacular Song of Ice and Fire series of medieval fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, it seemed like only a matter of time before a comic book tie-in was announced, particularly after Bantam Books acquired the rights earlier this year.

Now the first issue of a Game of Thrones monthly comic has been officially announced for September, to be published in single issues by Dynamite, and collected in book editions by Bantam. The comic will be scripted by Daniel Abraham with interior art by Tommy Patterson, and the cover artists may also be of particular interest to comics fans, as they include not only Mike S. Miller but noted painter Alex Ross.While Ross may be the bigger name, Miller most accurately captures our own feelings about the series in his quote from the press release:

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones is the best book series I've ever read. Not just in the fantasy genre, but in ANY genre. Just as I hear people saying Game of Thrones is the best series on TV, I'm sure they'll be saying the same about the comic book. You can't find a better writer anywhere than George, and I was very excited to get the opportunity to draw covers for the comic book adaptation.

While September is still a ways away, previously released sketches by Patterson of both Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister offer a glimpse into what readers can expect from two of the most beloved characters in the series: