Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships
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Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships (Age of Bronze #1)

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Daring heroes, breathtaking women, betrayals, love and death--the most spectacular war story ever told: The Trojan War. When a lustful Trojan prince abducts the beautiful Queen Helen of Sparta, Helens husband vows to recover her no matter the cost. So begins the Trojan War. From far and wide the ancient kings of Greece bring their ships to join the massive force to pledge...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 11th 2001 by Image Comics (first published 2001)
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Terence
I waffle on whether to switch my shelving from "mythologies" to "historical fiction" since Shanower - like Wolfgang Petersen in the execrable "Troy" - removes the divine elements from the tale entirely, which has the unfortunate effect of reducing the entire story to seven seasons (this is volume one of seven) of "The West Wing," a political soap opera. I'm put in mind of Star Wars, which went from the epic opening in episode IV - "It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a h...more
Andrew Anony
I read the Iliad on a lark without knowing much about the text itself and was surprised when the I discovered that the book starts with the war of Troy already begun.

This book sets out to tell the story of how the war got started. It begins with Paris's story and then the capture of Helen, and concluded with the Greeks assembling an army to attack Troy.

There were a few extremely interesting and exciting chapters, but also a few boring ones. I guess its this inconsistency that I disliked.

The art...more
Ted
This is the second or third time I've read this book. I seriously love everything about the Age of Bronze series thus far. As a fan of greco-roman mythology, I'm loosely versed in several of the stories and characters about the Trojan War, but this comic series makes the entire epic come alive in new ways. Shanower's commitment to historical and archaeological accuracy gives the look of the comic a unique and true feel. Any changes or divergences from source materials I think are permitted since...more
Ulysses
I can't think of many subjects that would seem to lend themselves more handily to a totally sweet graphic novelization than the Trojan War... but on the other hand, I also can't think of many subjects that would seem to require more deadly seriousness and skill in their execution. (For example, whenever I so much as remember the existence of the Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings film, I shudder. A great work of art, rendered with haste, slovenliness, or insincerity, is a hundred times more painful...more
Zach Danielson
I skimmed the last third of this because I was losing interest. This is part 1 of a (planned) 7-part project to tell the tale of the Trojan War in graphic form. It's very detailed--clearly a lot of research went into this. My biggest criticism is that it's hard to keep track of who's who and where they are. The black and white art is solid, but the characters look too similar to one another, and there are no captions to indicate where the action takes place, or even when the scene is changing.

I...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jun 29, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jayaprakash by: jayaprakash@gmail.com
Shanower strips away the supernatural elements, to present us with a dynamic, exciting but very human take on the ancient epic. I don't mind - the art is really good, and it avoids the idealised image of the ancient Greeek world most popular media tend to give us and the storytelling is well paced. I'd love to see a retelling of the Indian epics that similarly rationalise or minimise supernatural elements, just because such a view is as interesting and valid as any other and could make for an in...more
Casey Schreiner
A history of the Trojan War in meticulously researched and drawn graphic novel form.

If you have even the slightest memory of the Greek epics from high school or college (or just an unhealthy appetite for history) you'll recognize a lot of players and scenes here. The gods are mostly absent from the plot, appearing only in dreams and the occasional vision, which grounds the story in human terms and makes the events all the more impressive.

If you get into this series, you've got to be in it for t...more
Jrobertus
This is a graphic novel/history. Shanower is rendering the Iliad in a modern media, and it is a lot of fun. He points out that the Greek classics are internally contradictory and so settling on a coherent story is a fun challenge. The drawing is wonderful, but the dialog is a bit abrupt. However, he can't spend too long developing the plot lines. I enjoyed it a good deal and intend to read the subsequent sections.
David Bales
This is a graphic novel retelling the story of the Trojan War. I read the Illiad in high school, but I was mostly too detached or stoned to remember most of it. I love the complexity of this story. Shanower doesn't shrink from the immense task of including all the characters and the twists. I can't wait to get Volume II. It's a 200 page graphic novel, and they've only just left for Troy. I highly recommend it.
Tim
Some people are kind of miffed that this version cuts out the overt supernatural themes and the active participation of the gods. I don't have a problem with it at all. If you want to get into that then there are plenty of other resources which include them still.

What I liked about this was the attention to historical detail (well, as we best currently understand it) in the costuming, the customs (just check how often the elites are offering libations, that's a lot of dumped wine), the architec...more
Mark A.
Mark A. Misuraca Jr. 5-10-09
English ORR #4 Mr. Seekamp


Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships is the kind of book that I think every senior in English twelve should have to read as part of the curriculum. This book is a vivid gateway looking back into Ancient Greece; it provides the reader with a different way to visualize these times. While reading the graphics become alive to you and its almost as if you are watching an old-time cartoon (black and white). It is appropriate for the seniors reading leve...more
Fanda Kutubuku
Kerja keras Eric Shanower menelurkan novel grafis ini tidak sia-sia. Aku sangat menikmati kisah-kisah epik-mitologi Yunani di seputar Perang Troy. Di bagian pertama ini kisah dibuka dengan kisah Paris si anak gembala di gunung Ida. Gara-gara Paris ingin bertanding di ibukota, Raja Priam menemukan bahwa Paris adalah putranya yang ia kira telah terbunuh. Maka Paris pun menjadi salah satu Pangeran Troy.

Tugas pertamanya adalah menculik Hesione, kakak perempuan Priam yang ditawan Agamemnon, si Raja A...more
Amauri
Vivid art and solid storytelling that kept me turning pages to see what was next. This is a great model for how the medium can be used for teaching history, ancient lit, archaeology etc. We meet a big cast, get to know a lot of them just well enough, and get a great sense for how culture and relations between them all work. It's clear this is merely the prologue for something epic, but Eric Shanower's art and his selection of events to include keep it from being drawn out exposition.

Shanower's c...more
Benjamin
Jul 02, 2008 Benjamin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paula, Brian, Marilyn
I found this an engrossing and deeply edifying adaptation of the stories surrounding this most mythologized of wars. Every person with pretensions to being well-read will know the Trojan War's bare bones. I myself subjected myself to the turgid film "Troy" on the supposition that its success would pave the way for a better film in its wake even as I hound my students with amiable savagery through The Odyssey year in, year out.

The author, however, has taken these varied stories and reshaped them...more
Cathy
The first in a projected 7-volume series on the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships introduces all the major characters and advances the plot from Paris' lowly beginnings as a cowherd to his emergence as a long-lost prince of Troy, ending with the assembly of the Achaean force. This is a great GN, and I look forward to its sequels. The characters are well drawn, both in literal illustration and personality. Conceited Paris, arrogant Agamemmnon, self-pitying Menelaus, destiny-driven Helen -- the Greeks...more
Ben
Dec 18, 2010 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ben by: Steve
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When I first read the Iliad, I was surprised that it didn't cover the entire history of the Trojan War. Instead, it covers a portion of the last year, and doesn't even contain many of the famous events of the war (the death of Achilles, the Trojan Horse, etc). I wondered if there was a complete (fictional) history of the Trojan War. Apparently, Eric Shanower wondered the same thing. He sets out to incorporate as many ancient sources as he can to write the complete story of the Trojan War, from j...more
Merin
This was a title I included on my Greek Mythology Reader's Advisory (which was an assignment for my Fantasy Lit course in Grad school), because I wanted to try to incorporate titles for both girls and boys, and this one fit the bill for something that would be suitable for both. I still intend to read Homer's The Illiad and The Odyssey, so this was a nice introduction to Homer's works.

Because the story of the Trojan War is basically history that everyone learns about at some point, I'm not going...more
Helmut
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Ich gebe zu, ich bin etwas verwirrt. Mit Preisen überhäuft, in den USA frenetisch gefeiert, und trotzdem hat es mich sehr kalt gelassen. "A Thousand Ships" erzählt die Geschichte von Paris Jugend am Berg Ida und der Entführung von Helena aus Sparta, von Agamemnons Plan, Troja zu überfallen und Rache zu nehmen, Achilles' Untertauchen in Skyros und dem vorgespielten Wahn des Odysseus. Also eigentlich guter Stoff, aus dem sogar der untalentierteste Künstler etwas machen kann.

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Ryan
When I was in high school, and started learning about the Greek myths from the source material rather than from adaptations/sanitations, I was always puzzled by the Trojan War. It seemed to be this big, complex mess, and I was confused as to how it was told. How rude of those ancient Greeks, teenaged me thought, to not put the whole story in one easily digested work?

Of course, as I became more familiar with it, I came to understand that this was because they were more interested in telling indiv...more
Dan
Mar 28, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Trojan War buffs, people who liked "The 300"
Hey! Whoa! What happened? Someone finally found a decent way to adapt the epic saga of the Trojan War in a modern visual medium that works!

Hollywood's "Troy" and all those TV movies screwed up the story and completely miscast the major characters (Brad Pitt as Achilles? John Rhys-Davies as Priam?). In graphic novel format, however, Eric Shanower spares no detail of this massive story, calling upon the ancient sources rather than "revisionist fiction". A Thousand Ships is the first of a proposed...more
Jeffrey
Jul 08, 2007 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the mighty zeus and all his children
"A Thousand Ships" is the first of eric shanower's projected seven volume series concerning a grand and detailed retelling of the trojan war. he's been working on it since 1991, and as of now he's still only serializing what will become the fourth volume. nevertheless, for something so wonderful it's worth the wait. the trojan war has always captured my imagination, and it's easy to tell it has captured shanower's even more so. this retelling combines every facet of the many different interpreta...more
htanzil
Coba sebutkan kisah mitologi Yunani apa yang paling populer ? Secara cepat mungkin dalam benak kita meluncurlah dua kisah y.i kisah Herkules dan kisah Perang Troy. Dari sekian banyak kisah dalam mitologi Yunani, Perang Troy merupakan kisah legenda yang paling banyak dikisahkan. Perang Troy adalah penyerbuan terhadap kota Troya yang terletak di Asia Kecil, oleh tentara Achaean (Yunani Mycenaean), yang terjadi setelah Paris menculik Helena dari suaminya Menelaus, raja Sparta.
Dari mana sebenarnya k...more
David
finished reading the first two volumes of Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower, and they are fabulous. This is the story of the Trojan war, told in graphic novel form and in chronological order. Shanower skirts a few of the issues (how, precisely, do you depict gods interacting with heroes on the battlefield?), but he both strove for historical accuracy, and included a lengthy afterword discussing the the historical knots he was forced to rend asunder. I first saw Shanower's artwork on The Elsewhere...more
Mark
This seems well executed but I couldn't bring myself to care. I know this story, or at least versions of it. I found his after material quite interesting and he had certainly done his research.

He claims there were to be 7 volumes (too lazy to verify if actual state) but this was 200 pages. I also got volume 2 and volume 3 A & B at the public library. Each are about the same size. So 1400 or possibly even more on The Iliad. No thanks. It might be for you though.
B
This book really made the Trojan War come alive. (Trojan War; Alpha?) Of course, in so doing it shows how totally crazy all these people are. Why can't they all just get along?

OBviously a great and classic story in which everyone is reacting in identifiable ways -- understanding that maybe any one of have this level of insane peak emotion once and only once. Unless you have some sort of, you know, tremendous imbalance.

Few minuses: all the people in a family or who live in a city look very simil...more
Joanna
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 th...more
Michael
Any graphic presentation of historical or pseudo-historical events has to live with comparison of Larry Gonick's amazing "History of the Universe" books, which are a brutal act to follow. Even cutting "A Thousand Ships" some slack on this account, though, it's a bit of a disappointment. The strengths of the graphic format aren't brought to bear, as characters aren't drawn with enough individuality to be able to tell them apart easily. Transitions are often unmarked, making it possible to read th...more
Paul
In this modern retelling of the Trojan War in comic form, Eric Shanower achieves the impossible. He weaves together all the various, sometimes contradictory, myths into one story. In Shanower's retelling, the gods are present only in the minds of the combatants. In their preparations for war, the Greeks and Trojans constantly worry about oracles, portents, and fate, but you never see the deities swoop from the heavens to take part in the story. Never does Paris sit in judgment of the Goddesses....more
Aurora
I liked this so much more than I thought I would. It totally should be impossible to do: an ancient, sometimes totally baffling story with a billion characters, that takes forever to get going, and has freaking Gods all over the place confusing shit. That I was able to follow at all makes this a serious accomplishment.

Taking the actions of the Gods out of the literal realm instantly makes the story so much more accessible. The story doesn't deny that miraculous events occur, and the characters...more
Anna
I like it when people tells history through comic!
Trojan war is widely recognised through "The Illiad" written by Homer. Eric Shanower didn't satisfied with just one reference, he did crosschecked to history textbook, even he did some research about it.
He tells this story with a more personal point of view, with it we can dive deeper in the story.
The Trojan War is caused (ashamely) by the kidnapping of Helen of Sparta. Helen fell for Paris, a Trojan prince and left her husband and daughter for...more
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