- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (December 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158240755X
- ISBN-13: 978-1582407555
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Age of Bronze, Vol. 3: Betrayal, Part 1 Paperback – December 11, 2007
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Anyone who has read the original epic as part of a Western Civ class will recognize the detail-heavy, oddly actionless tone of this particular volume -- the classic, mythic stories of Ajax, Hector and Achilles are largely absent here (although they are each part of the giant cast of characters). The main event is a peace delegation that does to Troy, with Paris and Helen mocking the heartbroken Menelaus, and Odysseus promising a rain of destruction upon Troy as a result. He was right, but we'll have to wait until the next few volumes to see it happen. Despite the relative tedium in this particular volume, Shanower does an amazing job bringing this ancient history to life, and making these dozens of dimly remembered, half-mythical characters stand out as real human beings, filled with a mix of nobility and venality.
Once again, any student tackling this material should be overjoyed to come across this adaptation -- it can do wonders to cut through the often obscure, often repetitive, sometimes tedious prose of original text, in its various translations. You can really "get" what's going on with the story in this version. Plus, he draws a pretty dishy Helen. Recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)