The Borgias

Dark Horse. Sept. 2019. 216p. ISBN 9781506712451. pap. $29.99.
Renaissance Rome is thrown into turmoil after the death of Pope Innocent VIII leads to a struggle to seize the papal throne. The competition among the Cardinals is fierce, but only Rodrigo Borgia possesses the guile and savagery necessary to bribe, murder, and extort his way to power. Determined to form a lasting dynasty across Europe, Borgia enlists his illegitimate children as pawns in various plots to destroy foreign enemies and jealous rivals. The ensuing chaos, which includes more political machinations, bribery, torture, graphic sex, and horrific violence than an entire season of Game Of Thrones, is perfectly suited to Jodorowsky (Son of El Topo. Vol. 1: Cain), who has devoted numerous books and films to exploring how the relentless pursuit of power corrodes the human spirit. Manara (Manara Library. Vol. 2: El Gaucho and Other Stories) lives up to his reputation for intricate and stunningly sensual illustration, providing gorgeous images of decadently wealthy, breathtakingly beautiful people doing unbelievably awful things to one another.
VERDICT An epic historical saga of blood, sex, and corruption. Originally published in four separate volumes, collected as a single work for the first time.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month