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Starred Review. This second volume of Shanower’s award-winning series offers readers an intense retelling of the saga of the Trojan War using multiple literary and historical sources as a springboard. Shanower is the rare talent who can adapt such a well-known work and not only make the dense material accessible, but utterly compelling. Each panel drips with detail and epic scope, yet the characters are never lost in the fray. The Greeks of yore are refreshingly depicted as ethnic in appearance, and a mind-boggling amount of research has been expended on the story and visuals. This collection opens with Paris, Prince of Troy, returning home with Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, as his stolen paramour, unconcerned that she is wed to a king who is determined to reclaim her. Paris’s father, Priam, reluctantly welcomes Helen to his land. Meanwhile, the inexperienced warrior Achilles leads a bloody assault on an island which he mistakenly believes to be Troy. Bitter sibling rivalry, obsessive lust, full-scale battles, simmering homoerotic tension, and drama and intrigue on every page combine to create a stunning addition to the literature of the Trojan War.
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Grade 9 Up–If you have fans of A Thousand Ships (Image, 2001), then read no further: just order this book immediately. Shanower has mastered the history, archaeology, literature, and mythology of the Trojan War, and is busy distilling the results into seven graphic novels. He understands human psychology, dramatic pacing, narrative structure–and he can draw. Sacrifice begins by recapitulating the story thus far. Paris sails back to Troy, just as self-regarding and shortsighted as when he left. Thrilled with his own prize (Helen), he has no understanding of the political complications. Priam does, but he is swayed by the machinations of Helen and by Hecuba's generosity. Not only are the major characters (Achilles, Klytemnestra, Odysseus) complex, but even a minor player like Telephus is carefully developed. Shanower's graphic decisions are admirable, and some pages (like the tormented Agamemnon's recitation of his family history) are brilliant. There's more sensitive material in this volume: incest, nudity, violent death–all in the sources–but no one will be checking out Sacrifice for its few dicey scenes. This work demands close engagement and thoughtful response: it makes the Trojan War both unbelievably distant in a vivid historical past, and compellingly present in our own age.–Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (June 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582403996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582403991
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Shanower is the Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best selling cartoonist of Age of Bronze, a graphic novel retelling of the Trojan War. Age of Bronze is a work in progress. Four volumes have been published and the story is more than one-third complete. When finished, Age of Bronze will tell the entire story of the legendary war at Troy, weaving into one the many tellings and permutations of the story throughout the centuries.

As a child, Shanower fell in love with the Oz books by L. Frank Baum and their illustrations by John R. Neill. Shanower decided to write and illustrate his own Oz books someday. Goal accomplished. Shanower's long list of contributions to the world of L. Frank Baum's Oz includes Marvel Comics' Eisner Award-winning, New York Times best selling current adaptations of Baum's Oz books with cartoonist Skottie Young.

Shanower is the writer of the comic series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. This series resurrects Winsor McCay's classic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland for a modern audience.

Shanower's illustrations have appeared in magazines, in childrens books, and on television. His comics have been published around the world and include such works as his Oz graphic novel series (currently collected as Adventures in Oz), An Accidental Death with writer Ed Brubaker, The Elsewhere Prince with writers Moebius and R-JM Lofficier, and the introductions to Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor. He resides in San Diego with his partner. When he's not writing or drawing, he's often swimming, dancing, or reading, usually not all at the same time.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chamberlain VINE VOICE on July 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Here is the long awaited second volume of "Age of Bronze," the massive graphic novel covering the entire Trojan War story. The first collection carried the story to the launching of the first armada against Troy, while this one deals with the catastrophic results. The expedition is lost, mistakenly attacks friendly territories, and regroups... but what will the Greek army have to do to earn the gods' favor for a second assault?

As great as the first part of the story was, this one impoves on it considerably. Its fascinating to really *feel* the characters slowly come to realize the immensity of the struggle. The bravado of the first part is gradually turning to weariness, caution, and fear as the stakes become higher, and the sacrifices needed become greater. Characterization is impressive all around, and Cassandra's story is fully modernized and absolutely chilling. But its also fascinating to see how Shanower fearlessly takes on some of the classics of literature to tell his own story. The central part of "Sacrifice" is identical with Euripides's masterpiece, "Iphegenia at Aulis." Dangerous drawing so clear a comparison with such a classic, yet Shanower succeedes brilliantly, not simply rewriting it, but fitting it into the larger story.

This is not a good starting point -- anyone not reading vol. 1 will probably be lost -- but this volume is highly recommended, and not just for people who love mythology or graphic novels. Make no mistake... this is excellent literature.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Otis on January 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This and the preceding volume of the projected seven-part series are an enjoyable, readable retelling of the story of the Trojan war with a brisk pace and well developed characters. Shanower does not limit himself to the material in Homer's works; he ranges throughout classic literature to tell the many interwoven stories that make up this greatest of all the epic tales. He tells the tale in a naturalistic manner: encounters with gods are depicted as dreams, and the supernatural events in Homer are rendered realistically. He adds credibility to many of the inexplicable aspects of the Homeric version. For example, whereas in Homer the Greeks have no motive for fighting a ten-year war other than to recover Helen, Shanower describes Troy's command of trade routes to the Black Sea and makes it clear that Agamemnon and his allies are after power and wealth, not just a runaway wife. Shanower adds dimension to many of the Homeric characters, especially Paris, whom he portrays as egotistical and foolish, and Agamemnon, who becomes an aggressive but canny politician. Although the violence is tame compared with superhero comic books, the characters are adults who do adult things, such as have sex with each other, and if you don't think children should see that sort of thing, don't buy this for them. (The sex is not explicit and the nudity very limited.) The dialog is not given an "ancient" or "classic" tone; rather, the characters speak in what would pass for everyday English. Although the drawings are black and white, they have a cinematic flair-Shanower changes the perspective from frame to frame to keep each page visually interesting. The many carefully rendered details of clothes, buildings, and everyday life give the story an even greater sense of realism. As I was reading it I thought, "This is really the way it might have happened."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the second volume of the collected editions of the Age of Bronze comic book. It reprints issues 10 through 19 of the comic. As good as Volume 1 was, Volume 2 is even better. Eric Shanower's art is beautiful, and he tells the story very well. He does an excellent job of giving each member of this huge cast of characters a distinct personality. I can't wait to read future volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the second volume in Eric Shanower's majestic seven-part graphic novel series devoted to the epic of the Trojan War, a powerful and immensely cogent retelling of one of the greatest epic stories in human history. Shanower draws on multiple sources to come up with a cohesive, readily coherent narrative of what is often seen as a daunting story, making it live again for a modern audience. He both expands on and simplifies the classic narrative by Homer, giving a more immediate, modern feel to the characters and events, but does not sacrifice the authenticity of time or place: Shanower makes these ancient events accessible to modern readers in a way that the best of Western Civ classes may not; indeed, academics for many years to come with probably turn to these comics as a way to give entry into the world of Greek history and mythology.

In this second volume, the vast Achaean army is still stalled out, unable to reach Troy and launch its war. Their leader, Agamemnon, is forced to send his troops home so that they can resupply and prepare to start again the following year. Whether he can regain the loyalty of the discouraged soldiers is now in doubt, and he forces the crafty, manipulative Odysseus to help him reassemble far-flung coalition. Meanwhile, the fabled Achilles matures and finds his place among the adult warriors, as well as his life-partner, a fellow warrior named Patroclus.

The dramatic core story to this volume, though, is the tragedy of Iphigenia, the eldest daughter of Agamemnon, whom the gods apparently demanded be sacrificed to please the gods, and to lift a curse off the great Achaean army.
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