Bringer of War

Graphic Novel - 2015
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"The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle. The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power? And how many will have to die first?"-- Provided by publisher.
"The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626720145
Branch Call Number: J OCON
Characteristics: 76 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Mar 26, 2018


Feb 03, 2018

Let's get the basics out of the way: this is the story of Ares told through one of the most bloody stories in all Greek mythology, The Trojan War aka the Iliad. As O'Connor notes, he begins his tale in the same place that Homer did, after Achilles has tantrumed off the field of battle. O'Connor follows the story through, down to the abominations the Greeks wrought on the Trojans after they were victorious. (For more on that, see The War at Troy: What Homer Didn't Tell.) Yes, O'Connor's illustrations and story-telling are as impressive as ever.

The series opened with Zeus, and eventually all of the other books have come back to him. This book is no different. O'Connor hinted in the story of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, that Zeus was playing the long game, and in the story of Ares (god of war and Aphrodite's lover), it's fascinating to see who gets that and why.

The story opens with Ares listening to one of his sons cursing him for being indifferent to his fate. If only; the same irrationality and bloodlust that drive him to dip his hands into gore make him among the more attached parents on Olympus. Unlike Zeus or Poseidon, he doesn't see his children as potential pawns but as attachments of himself. Ares is destructive, but he is also passionate, in destruction and in love.

This wasn't strictly Ares' show; as many readers know, just about every Olympian with the exception of Hestia picked a side in the war and eventually came to blows themselves over it. Of all of the other gods, Athena was the one I couldn't stop reflecting on. For a goddess synonymous with wisdom and cunning, she is surprisingly (dare I say it) hot-tempered and arrogant. The goddess known for her skill at manipulating others is blind to the fact that she has been manipulated, and the weapon used against her was her pride. In that way, she's the parallel to Achilles, the strong but ill-fated hero of the Greeks, and not the clever Odysseus, who doesn't play much of a role in this story. You leave this story with a lot less respect for Athena than you had in other books, which leaves us with the awful, deflated feeling that the only thing that's left after the Trojan War is power (Zeus) and destruction (Ares). Now guess which one has more integrity?

Lchan25 Jan 02, 2016

Interesting take on Ares, not the stereotypical bloodthirsty brute he is usually portrayed as. Great comic!


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Mar 26, 2018

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