Shanower won 2001's Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for Best Writer/Artist for this extraordinary project: the first part of a seven-volume graphic novel about the Trojan War. He has researched every imaginable source about the war, from ancient legends to medieval romances to contemporary scholarship, and synthesized them into a fantastically rich narrative. He's also delved deep into the architectural history of Mycenaean Greece, so that the dress and settings in the book look like Bronze Age artifacts, rather than the Classical Greek styles normally associated with the story. The book begins with the story of Paris, the milk-white bull and the kidnapping of Helen, and goes up to the start of the war Shanower still has a ways to travel before touching the material of the Iliad. He treats the material as historical fiction rather than mythology, as a tale of people, not of gods, though the supernatural aspects of the story are worked in through dreams and visions. Shanower subtly alters his visual style for every flashback sequence: when Priam relates the story of Herakles, the images are cartoonish and the characters larger than life. His dialogue is formal but not florid, and the narrative flow is clear and simple. But the story also has many amazing scenes for an artist the erotic entanglement of Achilles and Deidamia, the feigned madness of Odysseus, the launching of the thousand ships to rescue Helen and lay waste to Troy and Shanower makes the most of them, with a fine-lined style in black and white drawings evoking woodcuts and classical paintings.
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Eric Shanower is an amazing artist who has shown talent across the spectrum of graphic novel subjects.Published 11 months ago by Amazonian
This is the 1st volume in the series. It starts with Paris coming home to Troy and his abduction of Helen, and then Agamemnon who calls on the Achaean... Read more
I am familiar with Eric Shanower's work in colour on other comics. I've finally started reading Age of Bronze, as I had previous avoided it (didn't like the b&w pictures). Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by danny boy
Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze is an excellent graphic novel in every way. His interpretations are well chosen and his artwork is sublime. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by T. Finer
I was torn between grading Shanower's book 3 or 4 stars but decided on the lower grade because I can't decide what audience this graphic and detailed adult comic book is aimed at. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Ron Braithwaite
Here is an excellent fusion of history and comic. Shanower has set out on a nine-volume edition of the Illiad and its context. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by Ryan Mease
In certain aspects, there is much to be said about this comic-book. On the other hand, you can't say that much. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by Matko Vladanovic
I bought the first three in this series for my 6th grader who is dyslexic. She finds graphic novels a great format. Read morePublished on August 11, 2008 by LS