This epic graphic novel of the Greek people fighting for their independence brings into focus a widely unknown portion of world history for modern readers.
The Greek War for Independence was a conflict that quietly influenced the entire world and participants ranged from the London Stock Exchange to celebrities such as Lord Byron. Average impassioned Americans also were willing to transport themselves across the Atlantic to fight alongside the Greeks. This conflict was the pinnacle of what we now know as the Romantic Period and yet, it’s a war that few know ever existed outside of the Greek and Turkish cultures; a war that stimulated the fall of the Ottoman Empire and shaped what we now know as the Western World, and in a sense is being fought today under a different heading amongst the political leaders of the Eastern and Western worlds.
The son of a Greek leader, Marcos Botsaris, was taken prisoner as a child and raised within the dungeons of an Ottoman Pasha. Ten years later, it’s 1821 and he heads back to Greece intent on leading his people in revolution.
“Jaymes should be commended on how well he did in writing Sons of Chaos. Equally commended is Ale Aragon, the artist. With his sketchy style, the book felt constantly in motion. The battle scenes, however, where were Aragon shined with an unflinching eye to the harsh realities, such as people committing suicide to escape a massacre. Then there are the monstrous faces that he gives the soldiers in battle, killing each other on the battlefield. It’s very jarring and real in the brutality, but there are some softer moments as well.” –4YE