Age of Bronze, Volume 3: Betrayal, Part 1

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High King Agamemnon lusts to conquer the wealthy city of Troy. He leads his army across the sea, fighting all the way. On the island of Tenedos just off the coast of Troy Achilles leads the attack. Spears fly and men die. When the dust settles, Achilles finds himself one step closer to his tragic fate. Meanwhile, the Trojans prepare their defenses and gather allies. Agamemnon's offer of a peace embassy to King Priam reassures few. War appears inevitable. Even Helen dreads to face what lies ahead for her and ...

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Overview

High King Agamemnon lusts to conquer the wealthy city of Troy. He leads his army across the sea, fighting all the way. On the island of Tenedos just off the coast of Troy Achilles leads the attack. Spears fly and men die. When the dust settles, Achilles finds himself one step closer to his tragic fate. Meanwhile, the Trojans prepare their defenses and gather allies. Agamemnon's offer of a peace embassy to King Priam reassures few. War appears inevitable. Even Helen dreads to face what lies ahead for her and everyone she loves or once loved.

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Editorial Reviews

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AGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.

The Age of Bronze series tells the story of the Greeks’ invasion of the city of Troy. In this volume the Achaeans (Greeks) have not yet reached Troy. Instead, they invade the isle of Tenedos. During the battle Achilles slays Tennes, a son of Apollo, and thus earns the wrath of the Sun God. There are two betrayals in this volume. The first occurs after the battle when Philoktetes (an Achaean hero) is bitten by a serpent; he makes so much noise and his wound stinks so badly that his comrades abandon him on a deserted island. The second betrayal occurs when the Achaeans send an embassy to Troy and Menelaus realizes that his wife Helen was not abducted by Paris. She left of her own free will. The invasion and fall of Troy is an epic tale with a huge cast. Betrayal (along with its predecessors, Sacrifice and A Thousand Ships) tells a long, complex story with flair and style, and is a must-read. The b/w art is action-oriented; characters have recognizable features; and crowd scenes are well done. The amount of research done by the author is impressive: this volume includes a story summary; a glossary of names; and a pair of genealogical charts (one for the Trojans, the other for the Achaeans). It contains violence, vulgarity (s-bombs) and sexual material. Highly recommended for graphic novel collections catering to adults and older high school students. Reviewer: George Galuschak
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -The many highlights of this book could read like movie credits: original camera placement and lighting; brisk direction and pacing. There is never a dull drawing, and each one carries the excitement and story forward. Shanower captures Helena's beauty in black-and-white images that are rich in design and fine in line. Helena's character, however, is not so lovingly drawn. Her vanity is matched only by the self-absorption of her second husband, Paris, son of Priam and architect of Troya's downfall. Shanower has a talent for drawing facial expressions, and the smug look on Parisa's face has readers rooting for Troya's enemies as expressed by Odysseusa's spit-spewing venom. The author skillfully weaves together many characters and story lines. Troilus and Cressida make an appearance in the midst of the oncoming war and are featured in an erotic dream tryst with naked breasts (male and female) and bottoms (male). Betrayal also offers a respectable balance of men loving men to go with the more traditional plotlines of men loving women and men killing men. Given the multitude of plots and characters, it is recommended to have the whole series, which is ongoing, available.-Will Marston, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582407555
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publication date: 7/4/2007
  • Series: Age of Bronze Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,223,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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