GRAPHIC NOVELS

Age of Bronze

(text & illus.) & John Dallaire (illus.). Vol. 1: A Thousand Ships. Image. Oct. 2018. 224p. bibliog. ISBN 9781534308299. pap. $19.99. HIST
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Shanower's (Adventures in Oz) brilliant retelling of the Trojan War returns in this new volume collecting issues 1-9 of the ongoing series, this time rendered in full color by Dallaire (Black Cherry Bombshells). Rather than sticking to a straight adaptation of Homer's Iliad, Shanower relies on extensive research into the time period and seemingly every story associated with the war that inspired it, resulting in a tale that feels fresh and surprising despite starring a cast of characters readers have been acquainted with for thousands of years. We see Paris, the prince destined to bring doom to his people, living as a shepherd's son, as yet unaware of his true identity or royal blood. Here also is the warrior Achilles as a teenager bristling against his mother's attempts to keep him from the life of glory he craves.
VERDICT Filled with enough political machinations and symbolically laden visions of a war-torn future to sate the appetite of all graphic novels readers as well as Game of Thrones fans longing for fresh content with a scholarly attention to detail and keen psychological insight.

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