Age of Bronze: Betrayal Part One – Eric Shanower

It felt like forever since the last collection was released, so I eagerly snapped this third trade up. Shanower’s account of the Trojan War is always intriguing, well researched, and often funny. There are, however, problems. Too many of the characters are visibly indistinct, the environments too sanitized, and—worse of all—too little is actually happening. The war is in its third year; let’s have our first battle. Still, that’s the point. Shanower is showing us that the ancient world is often very different from ours, distinct in customs and rituals (or lack thereof). Probably most telling is how interwoven the various communities are, even if it is usually due to the forced abduction and rape of people and lands.