A Thousand Ships
Volume 1 of The Age of Bronze
Ships is a graphic novel telling the story of the time leading up to the Trojan War. Paris is a young man and decides
he wishes to go to Troy to compete in the games. One of their prized bulls has
been taken by the King to give away at the games. Paris decides he will win the
games and bring back their bull which was supposed to be their sacrificial bull. His mother and father do not wish him to
go, but his father accompanies him. He is considered a peasant competing against the sons of wealthy men. He eventually wins
and the other young men are angered. They attempt to kill him. Paris’s father
admits to the king that this is son that he took away to die and he has raised him from an infant. Although it was predicted
that if Paris lived he would bring the destruction of Troy
upon them, the king is delighted to find his son alive and welcomes him.
The king sends
Paris on a mission where he meets Helen and convinces her to leave her husband
while he is away and go with him. The men are angered when they return with him and gather up an army to go rescue Helen.
mother takes him away from his teacher and sends him to live with a man who only has daughters. He has to dress as a girl
in order to hide. He falls in love with one of the daughters and they have a baby together. Odysseus knows they will need
his strength in the rescue of Helen and seeks to find Achilles. He eventually does and Achilles has to reveal himself. The
books ends as the men assemble to begin the Trojan War.
depiction of the beginning of the Trojan War through this graphic novel was excellent. The graphics are wonderfully drawn
and keep the reader’s attention until the very end. This book is a great way to get a young adult to read about the
Trojan War. Although some may agree that the book is too explicit in a few places, the book is tremendously appealing. Shanower’s
depiction of the many characters involved in the story is extraordinary.
One reader comments,
“Besides being beautifully drawn and intelligently,
even intellectually, composed, it is archaeologically accurate--by those qualities it's better than any film I've ever seen
on Bronze Age Greece” (http://www.age-of-bronze.com/aob/books/1000ships.shtml).
Another reader comments, “"Shanower has taken the classic epics plus his extensive
research into prehistoric Greece
and Troy and synthesized a masterpiece out of them. Gone are the larger than
life, impossibly distant heroes and heroines. Gone are the vague place settings. In the pages of the Age of Bronze trade, readers will find very
human characters with motives we fully understand. (http://www.age-of-bronze.com/aob/books/1000ships.shtml).
A teen reader commented that the book “was
a nice way to help me understand who's who in those books (Iliad and Odyssey) and what exactly happened when Homer flashes
back! All those Greek names can get a bit mixed up after a while and putting a picture in my mind really helped me. Did I
mention that this is a neat book?” (amazon.com).
Shanower, Eric. 2001. Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships. California: Image Comics, Inc.
Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships. http://www.age-of-
bronze.com/aob/books/1000ships.shtml. Accessed 13 July 2005.
Amazon.com Book Reviews. http://www.amazon.com. Accessed 14 July, 2005.