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Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships

by Eric Shanower

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Newly colorized version of first volume. ( )
1 vote | ritaer | Apr 29, 2019 |
Volume 1 of an apparently abandoned series
Review of the 2001 Black & White original edition from Image Comics

Writer and artist Eric Shanower showed real ambition with this series which had been forecasted to reach 7 volumes by its conclusion but which appears to have ended with "Age Of Bronze Volume 3B: Betrayal" (2013) while sidetracking into the non-canon subplot of Troilus and Cressida. So unfortunately we never reach the actual Iliad confrontations centring around Hector and Achilles.

There may have been an attempt at a reboot with the release of a colorized edition of Volume 1: A Thousand Ships being issued in 2018, but until now in early 2019 there is no indication of further books beyond Volume 3B at the Image Comics home page: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/age-of-bronze.

Shanower's ambition was to incorporate all Iliad related subplots and legends but to exclude divine elements (by showing their influence instead through dreams and visions). For that purpose his research is very extensive and his Greek and Troy family trees are the most impressive that I have ever seen. Both of them take up a full 8 & 1/2 by 11 inch pages in the Volume 1 book. It is unfortunate that final 4 Volumes will likely never be seen. ( )
  alanteder | Jan 25, 2019 |
Yay! Comics to feed my current mini-obsession with Achilles and Patroclus and the Trojan war, etc. etc. As you may know, all the gods have been taken out of this retelling, leaving something more historical-fictiony seeming. BUT DID ANY OF IT ACTUALLY REALLY HAPPEN?

i dunno, maybe some of it, a little?

Anyway, I am so grateful to learn a little bit about this era and the epic Trojan war in such an easy-to-digest form. Yeah, Shanower removed the gods but the drama (OMG, such drama! drama I don't think even think a modern TV soap would touch... hmm... except maybe Game of Thrones) still remains. I was reading this thinking, OMG, this should be a TV show, like, right now. I like the art, as well, though I could not tell many of the characters apart because their faces and clothes look the same, which well... if you are trying for realistic historical accuracy might be a little hard to work around, admittedly. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
An epic comic about the trojan war made by a skillful artist and storyteller. Based on the homeric texts and all the latest archaeological data of the period Shanower creates an accurate and vivid world with a well paced charming and inspiring narrative which captures the reader and makes him anxious for more. Certified to interest and entertain even the most picky history lover.
  macoram | Jul 28, 2013 |
The first of seven projected volumes telling the story of the Trojan War in the form of a graphic novel.

The author is trying very successfully to reconcile all of the different stories about the Trojan War, not only in the ancient sources but also in mediaeval and modern accounts, and archaeological information as well. This first volume takes up to the gathering of the Achaeans' fleet at Aulis. Can't wait to get the second. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jan 3, 2013 |
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Eric Shanower is a highly-accomplished craftsman, and he brings to the series exactly what’s required, ranging from detailed facial expressions and body language in quiet, mood-driven scenes to large gestures and overwhelming emotion in rowdy, crowded comedy interludes. The layouts are simple and easy to follow, allowing the detail-packed panels to be read clearly. This is a true comic book: both the words and pictures are essential to the story, and they combine to create something greater than the sum of their parts.
 
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FAUSTUS: One thing, good servant, let me crave of thee
To glut the longing of my heart's desire:
That I might have unto my paramour
That heavenly Helen which I saw of late ...

Enter HELEN

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
Her lips suck forth my soul -- see where it flies!
Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.
Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips
And all is dross that is not Helena.

Doctor Faustus, Scene XIII
Christopher Marlowe, ca. 1588
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PARIS: M-m-m ...

COW: M-MOOO!

PARIS: Eh? What--? I -- oh ... the herd! Scattered!
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"Drawn from the myths and legends of centuries, A thousand ships presents a new for the twenty-first century the complete prelude to the Trojan war- each sensual touch, every savage blow, the smiles and tear, the lust and betrayal, the entire tapestry of drama and action."-cover.… (more)

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