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, Comics, Graphic Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Fiction

Reviews Age of Bronze Volume 1

  • Chad
    Shanower has obviously spent an enormous amount of time researching this, but did he really need to spend 100 pages gathering the troops to send to Troy. It literally takes 3 years of the book for this to happen. I get that he wants to introduce all of the major players, but there are so many that I couldn't keep straight who was who. I know my Greek mythology but in making the characters look authentic in ethnicity and dress, they are really har...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    A beautifully written, beautifully drawn comic, built on a mound of scholarship. It shows what the comic form can be.
  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    Hmm. Interesting, I guess, but I'm never a huge fan of uncolored graphic novels and I also question the decision to not show magic or gods on-page but still have they drive the story like in the original myths. Also, at one point I genuinely could not tell Achilles and Deidameia apart, so, uh…I will probably pick up the next volume, however, since the action should get going.
  • 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...
  • Manish
    I’d been waiting to read Shanower’s “Age of Bronze” since ages and finally got around the book a few weeks back. The book is the first of a series in which he’s painstakingly researched literary and archaeological evidence to visually recreate the Greeks during the Trojan war. Here, we have Paris’ discovery by his parents, the reasons for his arrival at Troy and the story of Achilles’s childhood where he’s raised as a girl. The ga...
  • 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.
  • Mjhancock
    This graphic novel collects the first nine issues of Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze series, a graphic depiction that aims to incorporate as many stories as possible about the Trojan War. And it is excellent, through and through.If we're being entirely accurate, this particular volume (and the next, I believe) is less the Trojan War than the material that led up to it: Paris' youth, the abduction of Helen, the gathering of the Achaean forces. In ju...
  • 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...
  • Charles
    Very nice art and writing, my only complaint is that there is such lavish detail to portray the Achaeans and Trojans with archaeological accuracy that it is jarring to have so many elements from much later (probably non-Greek) sources make up the story. If you are going to go to great pains to show a plausible (especially to remove the influence of any gods or supernatural elements) account of the Trojan war, why include things like Achilles's ti...
  • Dan
    A thousand ships by Eric Shanower is the first book out of the comic series 'Age of bronze' based on the Greek mythology 'The Trojan war'. Paris, a teenager living with his parents in a remote village learnt that he was adopted, his real father is the King of Troy. After he is accepted into his real family, he was sent to retrieve a relative from the mighty Trojan, but he took Helen instead of his relative when he left for Troy. King Agamemnon so...
  • Theediscerning
    Hmmm… I'm afraid I have to agree with too many dissenting comments from other reviews. It's a relief this book is the coloured edition, for the characters are hard enough to tell apart now, let alone in the bygone B&W days. The story may be a version of the complete Trojan War epic, reduced to the comic book format, but this is only the prologue – taking us to the famous launch of the titular boats – and it is still at a great remove from b...
  • Tasha
    I enjoyed the story and some bits of the writing, but I probably won't continue on with this. While I did enjoy the illustrations, it also didn't help that all of the characters looked so similar. I think it's filled to the brim with information and characters that made it hard to keep track of who was doing what and where they were doing it. That aspect made my reading of this kind of drag. I didn't know much about the Trojan War going into this...
  • 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 ...
  • Emily Brown
    Consult the list of alphabetical list of people, consult the two full family trees, even look up a wiki, but do it if that's what it takes to read this graphiic novel. This story is complex, yet well written, and I'll be damned if he didn't get confused himself. Such are the vicissitudes of writing history and mythology; if only the ancient Greeks could know what tales we would still spin centuries later, we could just call him "the Herc" (none o...
  • Gregory D.
    Great retelling, or start of a retelling, of the Trojan War, cleverly bweaving conflicting legends together and with extremely historically faithful artwork.