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A thousand ships
Shanower, Eric.
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Publication Information:
Orange, CA : Image Comics, [2001]

Physical Description:
223 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm.
"Drawn from the myths and legends of centuries, A thousand ships presents a new for the twenty-first century the complete prelude to the Trojan war- each sensual touch, every savage blow, the smiles and tear, the lust and betrayal, the entire tapestry of drama and action."-cover.
General Note:
"The story of A thousand ships was originally serialized in the comic book series Age of Bronze, issues 1-9."
Reading Level:
GN 550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 3.5 2.0 87690.
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Daring heroes, breathtaking women, betrayals, love and death--the mostspectacular war story ever told: The Trojan War. When a lustful Trojan princeabducts the beautiful Queen Helen of Sparta, Helen`s husband vows to recover herno matter the cost. So begins the Trojan War. From far and wide the ancientkings of Greece bring their ships to join the massive force to pledge theirallegiance to High King Agamemnon. Featuring the greatest of the Greek heroes:Achilles, Odysseus, and Herakles, along with a cast of thousands. AGE OF BRONZE:A THOUSAND SHIPS reveals hidden secrets of the characters` pasts, serving up joyand sorrow, leading up to the brink of war, and foreshadowing the terror tocome. Age of Bronze will be included in a major international exhibitiontravelling to three German museums in 2002. The exhibit is centered on thecurrent excavations at Troy and features Age of Bronze in an exhibit devoted tomodern interpretations of Troy. Age of Bronze has been nominated for numerousEisner (The comic industry's Oscar) Awards. Rack it in your mythology andhistorical fiction sections for even more sales success.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 9-12. Shanower's graphic novel rendition of the Trojan War, the first volume in the projected seven-volume Age of Bronze series, is a feast for those new to Homeric tradition and modern archaeology as well as those who simply love mythology. The story begins with Paris' reconnection with his royal family and the subsequent kidnapping of Helen, with nuances of the legend roving through the viewpoints of various characters, including Paris and a youthful Achilles. Shading, texture, and Shanower's use of a single image across several panels give depth to the black-and-white cartoon artwork that carries the story. Students in search of an alternative telling will be delighted to have this resource: there's a tremendous amount of appended material--an extensive bibliography, genealogy charts, a glossary, even explanation of variant spellings. Sacrifice, the next volume in the series, is currently being serialized and is available in comic book stores. Francisca Goldsmith

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Shanower's (Adventures in Oz) brilliant retelling of the Trojan War returns in this new volume collecting issues 1-9 of the ongoing series, this time rendered in full color by -Dallaire (Black Cherry Bombshells). Rather than sticking to a straight adaptation of Homer's Iliad, Shanower relies on extensive research into the time period and seemingly every story associated with the war that inspired it, resulting in a tale that feels fresh and surprising despite starring a cast of characters readers have been acquainted with for thousands of years. We see Paris, the prince destined to bring doom to his people, living as a shepherd's son, as yet unaware of his true identity or royal blood. Here also is the warrior Achilles as a teenager bristling against his mother's attempts to keep him from the life of glory he craves. -VERDICT Filled with enough political machinations and symbolically laden visions of a war-torn future to sate the appetite of all graphic novels readers as well as Game of Thrones fans longing for fresh content with a scholarly attention to detail and keen psychological insight.-TB © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.