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AGE OF BRONZE: A THOUSAND SHIPSWriter/Artist: Eric Shawnower
Synopsis: Heading to Troy for the first time to win back his family's property in the games, young Paris learns to his astonishment that he's a Trojan prince who was sent away to prevent a war. Now the course of history takes its inveitable course as Paris, on his first diplomatic mission, kidnaps the Greek princess Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. The Greeks aren't going to let her go without a fight, though, and a thousand ships sail to Troy with murderous intent.
How Is It?: You can hardly go wrong adapting one of the greatest stories--or rather, story cycles--in all of literature. To say Shawnower's attempted something ambitious here would be to understate: he's drawing on pretty much every source to tell the story (planned to run seven volumes) on the war that shook the ancient world. Moving the supernatural element offstage, Shawnower focuses on the human stories, which are, to say the least, multivarious. Though sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the people, Shawnower's crisp black & white art is otherwise quite lovely and meticulously researched; he's also done an impressive amount of work to keep the various interweaving subplots in line (a task akin to trying to date the books of the bible). Tons of fun if you're a classical literature buff, and also a great way to get acquainted with the great story.
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