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Age of Bronze #22

Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2006
By: Shaun Manning

Writer and Artist: Eric Shanower

Publisher: Image Comics

Paris, prince of Troy, leads a stealth party to attack the Achaean camp by night. Odysseus and his men chase the Trojans off, but Paris wounds King Menelaus in the thigh, further dishonoring Helen's true husband. Returning to their feast after repelling the invaders, Achilles throws a fit because nobody invited him. Meanwhile, both sides lay out their subtle stratagems, and the agonized screams of injured Philoktetes demand action.

"May you swim eternally in a sea of bloody piss!"

Between Philoktetes's humorous curses and Achilles's temper tantrum, this issue is just full of fantastic quotes. The Greek heroes are known for their overriding passions, and Achilles's arrogance and sense of honor has allowed his character to endure for thousands of years.

Shanower's adaptation of the Trojan War has a ring of authenticity about it, as much of the dialogue reads like a translation of Homer. Unlike Homer's epics, Age of Bronze proceeds chronologically, which should aide readers who want a good story but don't want to feel like they're in a classroom. Those already enamored of the Illiad and the Odyssey will find Shanower's take a worthy addition.

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