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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408736
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pax Romana is a brilliant book.
Andrew
I agree that the story wraps up quickly but it doesn't do so in a hurried or abrupt manner.
joe joey
The story is original, and the artwork is unique to Hickman.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rawim on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I took up this graphic novel at the recommendation of Blair Butler. And I am happy to report I was not disappointed. The pages contain an original story, compelling artwork, and a tale filled with interesting characters. My only complaint was that I found it painfully short. I finished it in a few hours and I was left desperately wanting more. But in the grand scheme of things, I suppose that is a good thing. Better to be left wanting more at the end of the story then to be sick of it and just want it to be over.

Most likely you already know the basics of the story, in the future the Catholic Church funds research and discovers time travel and decides to send a force of people back in time to right the wrongs of the church and other. Hilarious high jinks and frivolity ensue....okay not really, but we do get an interesting at an alternate history and how the human condition shapes the destiny of man. In between wonderfully composed panels you have the occasional page or two of written transcript that is used to reveal characters motivations and feelings in long form, but fear not, for even that read is quite fascinating.

So if you are look for a remarkable story that will get you thinking and you don't mind a concise (If not short) telling of that story then I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this book, as did I. After this introduction to Jonathan Hickman I plan to read his other works very soon.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Craig D. Kussmaul on September 19, 2009
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Hickman's latest work taps into time-travel and an alternative history of the world. Unfortunately, the Rawim and Tyler reviews are completely right: it's just too short. The story is well paced until the Fourth Chapter when events and people accelerate too quickly; its as if the book "jumped" to the end and dismissed the previous three chapters. If this was (or is) the opening salvo to an epic saga, then Hickman is on the path to greatness. The closing timeline suggests a larger story with more installments, but this is mere speculation. However, if "Pax Romana" is strictly a "one-and-done" book, then Hickman has thoroughly disappointed a burgeoning fan base.

While the earlier The Nightly News intentionally used a hodgepodge of vague characters to keep the reader off-balance, Hickman reverses this tread with a handful of pseudo-protagonists and each has the potential for a well-defined story arc. There are no obvious "good guys", just fallible individuals who take the reins of past history. The groundwork is there for Fabian Rossi and Holy Roman Empire, Manon Karembeu and the Refuge of Briton, or Emmanuel Mfede and the Kingdom of Africa to explore their portions of this alternative world in their own books. Now, we can only hope Hickman will deliver future stories in the Pax Universe.

Don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed "Pax Romana" for Hickman's layout and artistic style. I believe the general audience will crave more simply because I want more. It's a solid story premise, but ends too abruptly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko VINE VOICE on December 23, 2010
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I have greatly enjoyed Hickman's SHIELD series for Marvel so I decided to read more things by him. I read his current Fantastic Four, his Secret Warriors and then Nightly News. All of these were great, but in my opinion, Pax Romana was even better.

Pax Romana is about a group of people who go back in time to 312 AD to Rome a bit before Constantine's ascension to power. They go with a lot of resources (tanks, nukes, satellites) and there plan is to make the future better. They want to prevent the dark ages and make a world that is not only technologically advanced but also morally advanced (for example a world where men and women are equal with no slavery and no racism). They have an interesting plan.

The plot is ambitious, but Hickman uses unconventional comic book techniques to make the story flow in a very entertaining way, making you think hard without getting bored. I was very surprised by that.

This book reminded me a lot of Foundation by Asimov. In Foundation it is not about going to the past to prevent the dark age, but it is about preventing a dark age from coming. A scientist predicts that the Galactic Empire will fall into a dark age for 30,000 years and he creates a plan to minimize this to 1000.

There are many similarities between both books, the plan to make a better future, the way the books focus on events over a short period of time even though it is supposed to be about a long period of time (in Pax we get to see mainly what happens between 312 and 338, but not much farther, while in Foundation we get to see the development of the first 60 years of the plan). There are other similarities but I won't mention them as they contain bigger spoilers.

When I first read what this book was about in the solicitation, I wasn't impressed and decided to skip it. I bought it because I liked other books by Hickman. I am glad I gave it a try as it is now one of my favorite comics I have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian C. Chambliss on September 27, 2010
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Jonathan Hickman is making a splash at Marvel Comics with his complex and interweaving story lines in Secret Warriors, Fantastic Four and S.H.E.I.L.D. I would recommend anyone to pick up any of those titles, but you can't ignore Hickman's independent work through Image Comics. I think Hickman is a visual innovator and provocative writer who takes fantastic ideas and makes them work for the reader. I have read Nightly News and Transhuman and I even tracked down his Top Cow pilot season entry--The Core. I was impressed by all of them, so I went looking for Pax Romana. It did not disappoint. One word of warning, reading anything from Hickman requires you to pay attention. It is dense with language, references, and original layout using black and white, negative space, and flashes of color. It is well worth the read however, because the premise is so fantastic you can't help but be a little impressed. If you are interested in a comic creator who looks to maximize what the comic page can do, then you should check out Hickman.
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