Pax Romana (2020)

Pax Romana In as Islam has overrun Europe and the West openly shuns monotheism the Vatican funded CERN Laboratories discover that time travel is possible The Pope orders the creation of a private army a
  • Title: Pax Romana
  • Author: Jonathan Hickman
  • ISBN: 9781582408736
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2045, as Islam has overrun Europe and the West openly shuns monotheism, the Vatican funded, CERN Laboratories discover that time travel is possible The Pope orders the creation of a private army, and led by a few handpicked Cardinals and the finest graduates of selected war colleges, they travel back in time to 312AD the reign of the first Christian Emperor, ConstaIn 2045, as Islam has overrun Europe and the West openly shuns monotheism, the Vatican funded, CERN Laboratories discover that time travel is possible The Pope orders the creation of a private army, and led by a few handpicked Cardinals and the finest graduates of selected war colleges, they travel back in time to 312AD the reign of the first Christian Emperor, Constantine Upon arrival, conflicting agendas, ideological differences, and personal greed see grand plans unravel Pax Romana is the tale of 5,000 men sent on an impossible mission to change the past and save the future At the end of the world, will they succeed, or will they fail This politically driven sci fi epic comes from the creator of the hit Nightly News Collecting Pax Romana 1 4
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    1. Wow, I m very disappointed I m a big fan of Hickman s work East of West is my favorite comic, his New Avengers is great, I also think that The Nightly News is ridiculously underrated so what the hell was this What s it about Uhh that s a bit hard to explain Pretty much it s about a political thriller about the Catholic church and Rome with some sci fi stuff you ll understand why I can t give a better description later.Pros The art is freaking amazing I think it s a cool art style for sure.This b [...]

    2. Johnathan Hickman can sure write a damn fine sci fi story I give him credit for the ability to craft a very interesting tale.In Pax Romana, the Catholic Church decides to send back a team of soldiers specialists to change the events of history The idea is to send in the team during the time of Constantine and help to cement the power and influence of the Church into a monolithic religion The ONLY religion.The team that is recruited are all devout Roman Catholics But once they are sent back into [...]

    3. This took a lot of effort to keep reading this, and at one point I wanted to DNF this The whole layout is different from anything I have read before The art was something I didn t care for either But enough about that This is a time travel story where soldiers think to correct the Timeline of the Roman Empire and to ensure that it survives and thrives because they thought this was the best point in history I just thought this was okay, and I definitely don t think this is for everyone.

    4. I ve been following Hickman since Nightly News blew up a few years ago, and of all of his ideas, this is probably my favorite The premise is a potential 5 star concept, the execution however is a bit shallow My feelings are a little mixed about the artwork as well I can t help but feel despite the impeccable graphic design, the artwork falls back on too many shortcuts There s a static quality to the actual pen and ink that doesn t transcend the overall presentation enough to let me give it a pas [...]

    5. And then it justends And far too early for my tastes.I ve finished this book days ago and haven t known how to capture the significance of this work It simply amazes me how much time and thought must have gone into planning the intricate interplay of historical confluences that play out here I think this book is fantastic and when I use the word fantastic here I mean it literally The fantasy, the scope of imagination, and the sheer sense of wonder and surprise that the creators evoke gives new m [...]

    6. To read Pax Romana is to watch a man masturbate Jonathan Hickman has produced such a pure specimen of self wank brain spunk that it s a mystery that I enjoyed it at all.Like all written and illustrated by comics, Pax Romana suffers most from not having an editor It s top heavy with words, the plot is unfocused, every character speaks with a singular voice, and it exists only to tweak the nipples of the author and the few others who share his daydreams Plus, there are plenty of typos Mediolanurn, [...]

    7. This was an appropriate purchase post Popemania and for Holy Week I planned to save it for the Holy Weekend by I couldn t resist it I ve read the first issue from Comixology s gallery of freebies and I was so curious on how the story progressed from there.Like all of Jonathan Hickman s work I ve read, Pax Romana is an ambitious endeavor It is eesentially a retelling of the history of the world, as how history turned out when modern day Vatican backed mercenaries traveled to the past at a critica [...]

    8. An original comic book, in ways than one, and also typical Hickman crazy concepts, new twists on old ideas, and lots lots of potential and then it s over abruptly I feel like this 4 issue mini series could have been a 12 issue maxi series It certainly has enough material for it Good sci fi, and philosophical food for thought.

    9. Mais uma bomba conceptual sa da da mente radicalizada de Jonathan Hickman Imaginem a possibilidade de que a descoberta das viagens no tempo dominada pelo Vaticano que faz uso dos seus enormes recursos para enviar ao passado uma for a militar que altere a hist ria para um percurso mais agrad vel Santa S S que o comandante nomeado, um especialista em estrat gia americano que passou por todas as academias militares de prest gio do mundo ocidental, est se nas tintas para o sonho h mido dos cardeais [...]

    10. Dagnabbit, Jonathan Hickman, as a double major in English literature and Classical history with literary ambitions of my own I really, really wish I had written this My jealousy is palpable.In 2045, Islam has taken over Europe, and the west and far east are indifferent to monotheism in general The Roman Catholic Church is in decline when their investment in the CERN research facility brings time travel into their grasp After much deliberation, it is decided to go back to the time of Constantine [...]

    11. This is an interesting idea done poorly.The concept The Roman Catholic Church, facing decline in Europe in the latter half of the current century, recruits a troop of mercenaries to travel back to the Roman Empire at the start of the Fourth Century C.E to reshape Constantine s empire into an undefeatable Catholic power In a nod, intentional or otherwise, to L Sprague de Camp s Lest Darkness Fall , they bring modernity with them, and Europe evades the Dark Ages and industrializes a millennium ahe [...]

    12. The Vatican invents time travel and sends an army back to 311AD Constantinople to civilize and Christianize the world, to prevent the Dark Ages, and to eliminate in advance competing world religions All goes well at first but as time passes the leaders of the expedition find themselves at one another s throats.Pax Romana is very text heavy for a graphic novel The art watercolors is pretty but virtually irrelevant An afterthought, an accent.The plot is highly intelligent, very dense, heavy on alt [...]

    13. I get the accolades futuristic story, very beautiful design, moody characters, subdued color palette.But the story was a whole lot of build up, and fast forward to how it all turns out in the end Not a great story arc.Oh, and it sure didn t pass the Bechdel test I think it had 2 female characters, neither of which had than like 3 lines.And while I absolutely love his design work, i couldn t help but notice lots of the characters are drawn with head tilted forward, dramatically lit, so you don t [...]

    14. Great concept, poor execution.I love books that use an alternate take on historical events but this was just too much concept treatise, not enough actual story I never felt like Hickman took any of the characters beyond simple archetypes and combined with very text heavy panels, it really made me struggle to get through the book Full review here at Graphic Reviews

    15. Meh.The premise is certainly fascinating, and I didn t mind the philosophical ramblings either though they re distinctly boring, and kind of predictable But the plot, the future history, is so full of holes, apparently thrown together without any particular care The characters aren t fleshed out, and are mostly indistinguishable from each other.It did have two sort of memorable moments, but both have been done a lot better.

    16. Loved the Plot.The Graphics Art was impressive in the beginning but became a bit monotonous later Wanted details and features.The characters,maps and background never seem to be clear, instead relaying on the hidden cool factor The narrative took time to get use to but it s innovative and impressive Perfectly suited for this kind of novel Wanted many story s from this world It has so much potential for spin offs.

    17. The premise of Pax Romana is interesting, the art is stunning, and the layout very unique For these reasons, I wish I had liked Pax Romana It wasn t a bad story, but I constantly found my attention wavering while reading it I m not exactly sure what was lacking, but there was something missing in it for me Visually, however, it was incredible.

    18. A very interesting read The artwork is amazing and sets the tone and pace of the story An enjoyable What If time travel idea about how our world would have been if Rome hadn t fallen The ending is a bit abrupt but the story is strong and worth your time Did I mention the artwork is amazing Because it is.

    19. I definitely liked this than Nightly News in the end I think both start to drag a bit toward the end, but still enjoyed it.

    20. Alternative history graphic novel set in the Constantinian Era What a creative concept, very well executed Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    21. Full on, thought provoking and with a unique art style that engages me than some of the best full figured illustration from comics today Pretty excellent stuff.

    22. If I were tasked with summing up this story into one word, ambitious would be the most apt descriptor of it The second original series created by Jonathan Hickman when he was starting out in the industry, Pax Romana is a four part story about a group of mercenaries and holy missionaries from the not so distant future traveling back in time to correct past mistakes of the Catholic church, all told through oral narration by a futuristic pope like figure However, plans soon change once they jump to [...]

    23. Really enjoyed this graphic novel as it goes hand in hand with historty and the art of comics 5000 soldiers, scientists, engineers and economists are sent back to the year 310 a.d by the Vatican to ensure the consolidation of Christianty as being the worlds first choice religion The plan is to nudge history into the direction most preferred and beneficial to Rome and the Catholic Church as a whole They want this as in their altered future, Christianity is almost completely gone and Islam is glob [...]

    24. 4.25 stars A very interesting and unique time travel story The art is also unique , but not sure if everyone will like.

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