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In Sumer, before the rise of the kingship, the prosperous city of Birith is known throughout the land for its devotion to the goddess Inanna. But after a thousand years of plenty, the city is in danger of being overrun by the nomadic refugees that swell in number outside of its walls. Even as her high priest makes plans to preside over his final ritual to Inanna and name a ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Archaia (first published 2009)
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Rocktopus
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The art is a little problematic here. Someone else said it's very stylish. It IS very stylish. And the artist is clearly very good. But I also thought that it was sometimes hard to recognize certain characters - Entika and Anarin, especially. Also, the drawings were too literal for my taste (kind of like when people shoot movies as though they are plays). Also, the color palette was not terribly inspired, and the coloring was done with some sort of technique that makes the colors soft/blurry aro ...more
William Boyle
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
So, checked out the 2011 graphic novel "Inanna's Tears."
It was something of a disappointment --
I expected something on the epoch of the Matriarchy, of the Goddess -- or, on the transition to the Patriarchy.
Instead, this is something well into the Patriarchal epoch, when a male head priest of the Goddess decides to name a woman, Ennika as his successor --
However, this is happening at a time when agricultural land in the valley of Sumer is already depleted, and the barbarians are at the g
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Courtney
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: archaia-boom
This story had so much potential, I wanted it go a little deeper. For example, Why was writing down the prayer wrong? Or more about the details and (potential) problems of leading of a city by a female taking on a typically male role.

The art was problematic, it was occasionally hard to tell who was who, and the blending of drawn scenery with pictures of real objects was crude (there was a night scene where the moon and its gleam where digitally placed on a drawn landscape, not done w
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Nicole
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Neon Sunscreen
Oct 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I only read issue #1 and it was poo poo.
Apocryphal
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ancient-history
This graphic novel is produced by Archaia Studio Press, who also produced the Artesia RPG and comics, which is how I came across it.

Inanna's Tears presents well, like everything I've seen from Archaia, but it doesn't quite know what it wants to be and sufferers as a result. In the introduction, Vollmar claims it isn't historical fiction (he's right - it isn't). In the Afterward, Mann seems to think it is, but admits he probably got the details wrong. Boy, did they. This is best read as a short
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Jennifer Barrett
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's like an onion...

“You are a traitor to Inanna. But so is Rob Vollmar, though, and mpMann.” The Forward written by A. David Lewis grabs your attention with criminal intent, and that’s only the beginning. If you are expecting a graphic novel with a simple story line and some pretty pictures you can stop reading right now. The complex tragic tale of ancient Sumerian culture, masterfully crafted by Rob Vollmar, has so many layers and so many inferences that it would be a crime to rea
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Matt Kelland
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I really wanted to give this five stars, mostly because I loved the subject matter, but in the end, I had to admit that it wasn't that good. The story was unusual for a comic, admittedly, but it lacked the depth that it needed. The artwork felt weak and unengaging, and the characters felt flat. It is good to see comics that diversify away from the same tired old formulae, and it's great when they tackle tough themes, but the storytelling, but visual and verbal, needs to be better than this. So y ...more
Janet
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was deeply disappointed by this book. The storyline had potential -- if it had been addressed with a novel-length treatment, but as it was, the important issues of gender, spirituality, sexuality, and sovereignty were merely brushed over. The characters had no depth, and the art was primitive and simplistic.
Laura
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Liked this graphic novel set in ancient Sumer, though it was a bit hard to differentiate some of the characters. Wish the art was a little better- there's a definite style to it, but it just wasn't a style I was into. I might like it more with another read-through, or with a little more background on Inanna.
Largercircle
Interesting perspective on what one temple of Inanna might have been like. I wish more information were included about how the author and illustrator decided what to portray - everything from the characterizations to the storyline to the art to the politics. There is a bit at the end about the clothes, etc., but that's not what I was most interested in.
Matthew
Loved the art and was very intrigued by the setting and basic premise. I found the dialogue very formal and very stilted, though, which made it a real chore for me to read. If you can get into the rhythm of Vollmar's dialogue quickly you'll probably enjoy it.
Snow
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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Ricki
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very interesting concept but I just found the whole thing hard to follow, especially the characters, and the artwork did not help.
Murray
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well drawn, but the story (which could have been great) didn't quite get to me.
Sarah
Overall this was a dud with me. What really drew me out was the art style which felt forced and hurried, often making it confusing what character was speaking. In the end, I was underwhelmed.
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