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Age of Bronze (comics)

Age of Bronze
Age of Bronze issue 12 cover art; copyright 2001 by Eric Shanower
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Number of issues 33 (as of August 2013)
Creative team
Writer(s) Eric Shanower
Artist(s) Eric Shanower
Creator(s) Eric Shanower
Collected editions
A Thousand Ships ISBN 1-58240-200-0
Sacrifice ISBN 1582403600
Betrayal, Part One ISBN 9781582408453

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


  • Overview 1
  • Publications 2
  • Awards 3
  • External links 4


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.


33 issues, four trade paperback collections and two specials have been published to date.

Collected volumes
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Betrayal, Part One (2008, ISBN 978-1-58240-845-3) collects issues 20–26, in which Agamemnon's fleet sails to Troy and his envoys negotiate with King Priam.
  • Betrayal, Part Two (2013, ISBN 978-1-60706-758-0) collects issues 27–33.
Specials and one-shots
  • 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.

External links

  • Age of Bronze Official site
  • A Thousand Ships and Sacrifice reviewed at Bryn Mawr Classical Review
  • Comic Book Awards Almanac
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