"History never read so good."
- Entertainment Weekly
"...a feat for those new to Homeric traditional and modern archaeology as well as those who simply love mythology."
"...the story also has many amazing scenes for an artist... and Shanower makes the most of them."
- Publishers Weekly
"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."
"What sets apart Shanower's graphic novel is the attention to historical detail, a superb talent as an artist, and a powerful flair for storytelling. A Thousand Ships is gripping presentation perfectly suited to a modern readership."
- Midwest Book Review
Twice winner of the Eisner Award for Best Writer . Artist! Eric Shanower presents A Thousand Ships, the first of seven volumes telling the complete story of the Trojan War.
"I'm going to Troy!" With these simple words, the poor cowherd Paris lights the fire which will become one of the most famous conflagrations of all time - the legendary Trojan War. When Paris reaches the magnificent city of Troy, he discover a lifelong secret hidden from him by Troy's king, Priam. From that moment Paris begins a daring journey that will lead him to the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta.
Helen's fateful decision to forsake her homeland and join Paris brings sorrow to thousands - among them Helen's husband, Menelaus, deserted without cause or explanation - the young king Odysseus, who faces decades of separation from him wife and infant son - and the priestess Thetis, whose son, Archilles, must choose between long life at home an glorious death battling before Troy.
Drawn from the myths and legends of centuries, A Thousand Ships carries the story of the Trojan War into the twenty-first century - each sensual touch, every savage blow, the smiles and tears, the lust and betrayal, the entire tapestry of drama and action. Eric Shanowers historically accurate illustrations and compelling dialogue bring new life to this ancient epic.