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Age of Bronze, Volume 2: Sacrificeby Eric Shanower
The Trojan War springs to life once more in this award-winning graphic novel. The famous names of legend breathe anew as human nature displays itself in all its glory and all its degradation. Odysseus decides to use runaway Helen's beauty as an incentive to gather the army and keep it focused on war with Troy. But this clever idea ties Odysseus closer to the war, ensuring that long years must pass before he can return to the home and family he longs for. When the warrior prince Achilles leaps onto the beach and throws his spear, it's the opening of a battle with ramifications reaching far beyond the end of the fight. Achilles finds himself compelled to choose between his son's mother and the man he loves. Then a ragged stranger forces his way through the gates of Mycenae to threaten High King Agamemnon's infant son Orestes. Instead of uniting Agamemnon with his wife Klytemnestra, this menace only increases the tension between them, tension that grows even sharper when Agamemnon is required by the gods to make a heart-searing sacrifice.
In Sacrifice, Eric Shanower combines the legend of Troy -- perhaps the greatest story ever told -- with recent archaeological evidence of the Late Bronze Age to create a detailed new vision of the first major conflict between east and west. In February 1991, Eric Shanower conceived the idea to tell the story of the Trojan War in the comics medium by combining the myriad versions of the Greek myth with the archaeological record to dramatically and visually present the complete story in authentic historical detail. That idea became Age of Bronze, for which Mr. Shanower has won several awards. His past comic book work includes his Oz graphic novel series and An Accidental Death, written by Ed Brubaker. His illustrations have appeared in many comics throughout the USA and Europe and in magazines, in books, and on television. He is the author of two prose books.
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