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In ancient Sparta, three Helot slaves run for their lives. Pursuing them are three hundred of their Spartan masters. KIERON GILLEN (PHONOGRAM, Iron Man), RYAN KELLY (Local, Saucer Country), and JORDIE BELLAIRE (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) join forces to tell a legend for our times.
Publisher: [United States] : Image Comics : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 9781632150752
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 22, 2018

Obviously delving into the same fraught historical terrain as "300" was going to be a challenge but to my mind Gillen admirably rose to it and was willing to share his research process as well as own what parts were factual (or as factual you can get during an era in which only a small percentage of people were literate and the victors wrote the histories) and which were his speculations.

I enjoyed the simple, Wild West-style story of the escape of the titular Three oppressed helots and the unsavory culture and machinations of the Spartan state intent of stopping them at all cost, as well.

If you loved "300", give this a try and don't feel you are besmirching Leonidas's Mighty Memory in reading it. For one thing, it takes place more than a century after Thermopylae, and for another it is always worthwhile remembering that there are multiple sides to every story and that, yes indeed, the Past is a very foreign country.

Apr 08, 2015

Stories about Sparta usually focus on the Spartans. Gillen instead focuses on the enslaved people who made up their support system, the Helots. The story follows a trio. Terpander has a really big mouth, and one joke for the wrong audience starts a slaughter that he, Damar, and Klaros barely escape. Now they're fugitives, and the Spartans are looking to make them an example. It's pretty bloody, but also suspenseful and poignant. It's well-researched and depicts part of an ancient culture we don't see in media, but it far surpasses being a dry historical re-enactment. If you read it, definitely also read the notes at the back with all the historical extras. Fascinating to see how Gillen shaped his story based on what was known and unknown about these folks.


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