CORTEZ: And the Fall of the Aztecs
Written by: Brent Truax
Art by: Mitch Waxman, Daniel Rivera, Russ Braun
Print: Black and White
Called by the Los Angeles Reader, the finest example of graphic story telling they’ve seen, Cortez and the Fall of the Aztecs is a fascinating look at an empire just waiting to be devoured.
Written by award winning comic writer Gary Reed under the pen name Brent Truax it is the saga of one man thirsting to conquer an empire against a ruler who tried to appease both his subjects and his gods. Cortez had unwittingly and unknowingly, stepped into the path of the returning God, Queztalcoatl. His arrival had been foretold for generations by the superstitious Aztecs and by the time they had discovered he in fact, was not the true God, it was too late. For Cortez had on his side, the belief in the three things at the time that mattered most in life....The King....God...and Gold.
It was the old world against the new. One Christian God against dozens of deities. But Cortez had more than Jesus on his side, he had an unseen organism that swept through the land and decimated more of the Aztecs than any army ever could...smallpox.
Soon after the New World was “discovered”, an ambitious man set forth to make his fame and fortune. He sailed his ships to a strange land to embark on his quest and when he arrived, he saw a vast and brutal empire laid out before him. It was an empire with destruction and death as its honor. It was an empire that stretched its tentacles of fear for 100’s of miles. It was an empire built upon the foundation of bones laced with the temptation of gold. It was the Aztec Empire and the “Old World” had never seen such a bloodthirsty race. But he was determined to conquer it, by any means necessary and to insure his men would not think of returning to Spain during the campaign, he did the unthinkable. He burned his ships. It was now either conquer…or die. And Cortez with his 400 men set out to vanquish an empire that numbered over a million. This is the true story of the Spanish Conquistador Cortez and his quest to conquer the Aztec nation.
The Creative Team
Gary Reed was the long time writer of Deadworld and has also written many other works including the Harvey Award nominated, Baker Street. His series of Saint Germaine has received critical acclaim and he has also written Renfield, Red Diaries, A Murder of Scarecrows, and Storyville amongst others. His Renfield graphic novel has been used in college literature courses. He has written adaptations of classics such as Dracula and Frankenstein for Penguin Books. His Deadworld series have won three Ghastly Awards for being the “Best in Horror” in both mini-series and original graphic novels. He was also the founder and publisher of Caliber Comics and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at college near his hometown of Detroit, MI until his passing in 2016.
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