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Age of Bronze issue 12 cover art; copyright 2001 by Eric Shanower

Age of Bronze is a comics series by writer/artist Eric Shanower retelling the legend of the Trojan War. It began in 1998 and is published by Image Comics.

The series aims to be true to all literary traditions, from Homer's Iliad to Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, as well as to the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean. When complete it is projected to comprise seven volumes. 26 issues, two graphic novel collections and two specials have been published to date.

  • Volume 1: A Thousand Ships (2001, ISBN 1-58240-200-0) collects issues 1 to 9, in which Helen, wife of the king of Sparta, is abducted by the Trojan prince Paris, and the Greeks gather their armies for war in response.
  • Volume 2: Sacrifice (2004, ISBN 1-58240-360-0) collects issues 10 to 19, in which the progress of the Greek army is held up, until their king, Agamemnon, pays a debt he owes to the gods.
  • Volume 3: Betrayal, is currently being serialised.
  • The Age of Bronze Special, published in 1999, provides backstory, telling of the curse on Atreus and his sons, Agamemnon and Menelaus.
  • Age of Bronze: Behind the Scenes, published in 2002, gives an insight into Shanower's research and working methods.

Shanower won the Eisner Award for best writer/artist in 2001 and 2003, and was nominated for the Ignatz Award for outstanding artist in 1999, for his work on Age of Bronze. The series was also nominated for the R.A.C. "Squiddy" Award for Best Ongoing Comic Series in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

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