Age of Bronze Volume 1 by Eric Shanower

Age of Bronze Volume 1

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, Helen`s 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 their allegiance to High King Agamemnon. Featuring the greatest of the Gre...

Details Age of Bronze Volume 1

TitleAge of Bronze Volume 1
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction

Reviews Age of Bronze Volume 1

  • 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...
  • Andrew
    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 gue...
  • Ritinha
    What an amazing deed of one man's will and wit, and how lucky one is to get to read such a (still ongoing) run of sequential art![the panels depicting the seduction of Helen by Paris are truly superb]
  • Mayank Agarwal
    Being a fan of historical/mythological writing I was thrilled to come across a graphic novel based on Troy. Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze is the most real and complete depiction of the Troy I have come across. His story doesn’t have walking talking gods, instead it’s the human side of the story based on past writings and archaeological findings. His art is Manga style without the colors, relaying on just black and white. The details in the ...
  • Jeanne
    I don't think this series is for me. I expected something as epic as the Iliad and I found myself presented with a graphic novel that I felt was the opposite of what I expected.Some perhaps might enjoy a more 'accurate' re-telling of the Trojan war, one filled with politics and a character driven plot in place of any divine intervention that was present in the Iliad. But I couldn't bring myself to like it, despite the fact that those sorts of thi...
  • Myke Cole
    A great comic. Shanower does an excellent job of reimagining the Iliad and the surrounding mythology (Jason and The Argonauts, the Madness of Odysseus, later romances like Troilus and Cressida) as a single, cohesive narrative with engaging characters and an episodic plot that will satisfy fans of TV shows like Game of Thrones or The Tudors. The comic works especially well for me as a fan of accurate history, as Shanower is so faithful to the arch...
  • Matthew Lloyd
    In reading Volume 1 of Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze, it becomes apparent why The Iliad and The Odyssey survived the millennia, while the rest of the epic cycle come down to us only in fragments: it's really, really dull. While the Iliad has themes of glory and revenge, mortality and memory, alongside quite literally epic battle scenes, and the Odyssey is an archetypal story of there-and-back-again, monsters at the edge of the world, loss and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michael
    2017: I was a bit hard on this in 2009, and I no longer want to stand by the second paragraph of that review. This is a worthy and basically well-executed project, and I'm bumping it up to a third star.2009: 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 acc...
  • 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 ...
  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    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 interesti...
  • Miss
    the first time i read this i recall being deeply impressed with how eric shanower melded the eleventy billion sources there are on the trojan war into a coherent retelling. this time i'm around i'm still impressed but also struck by just how many flop dudes populate this book like dang, paris can't you just leave? leave bro. you are ruining literally EVERYONE'S life, shooi know he's not gonna but i had to say it. maybe i'm channeling cassandraals...
  • Marquise
    Original comment on 1st read, 2014Another retelling of The Iliad that left me indifferent and somewhat disappointed at how modern the characters feel. Shanower would've used doing a deeper research on the mentality of the epoch.Update 08/04/2016Third attempt at this graphic novel retelling of Homer's great epic, and second successful read through to the end. Unfortunately, I ended disliking it worse than the first time. I really can't with Shanow...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 sua...
  • 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 ...
  • Gregory D.
    Great retelling, or start of a retelling, of the Trojan War, cleverly bweaving conflicting legends together and with extremely historically faithful artwork.
  • Ratih
    ceritanya bisa dimengerti, tapi gambarnya bukan seleraku sih. lumayan lah jadi inget lagi kira-kira gimana awal mulanya perang terjadi.
  • Kamal
    A surprisingly well-researched and engaging adaptation of the Iliad.
  • Peter
    A solid 3.75 stars. I was lead here from The Song of Achilles because of a fascination with the Battle of Troy and wanted more Achilles and Patroclus.
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  • Helmut
    GeschichtsfachbuchIch 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 soga...
  • May
    One of the earliest graphic novels I remember reading in junior high was a kid-friendly version of the Iliad and Odyssess. Since then, I have Homer's epic poem in both translations and in the original ancient Greek as well as countless historical fiction based on the Trojan War. For writers, the story offers an incredibly rich resource of materials that continues to resonate with readers today. Of course, that is if the writer is up to the challe...
  • 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 ...
  • Ellie Wilson
    Let's be honest. I'm notreally a graphic novel person. I have a grand total of THREE graphic novels (including this one) on my list of read books on goodreads. However, that doesn't mean I appreciate all of the art and splendour and hard work that goes into books like this. And though I don't read them often, I do certainly enjoy good graphic novels. So I was so prepared to enjoy this as an artistic romp through the Trojan War.As you can imagine ...
  • Jeffrey
    "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 com...
  • Mark A.
    Mark A. Misuraca Jr. 5-10-09English ORR #4 Mr. SeekampAge 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 whit...