... dramatizes the suffering of the women of Troy after the city’s defeat by the Greeks. The play’s reputation has created a subterranean impact ... This tragedy’s monumental standing makes Carson’s decision to rewrite it as 'A Comic' (the subtitle) provocative and risky.
It’s a joy to come across a mistress of the art taking rumbustious pleasure in revisiting the matter of poetry itself ... Simultaneously straight-talking and experimental, the Canadian has been reclaiming the classical tradition as an essential resource since the 1980s ... her writing remains as fierce as ever. At this #MeToo moment protesting against the objectification of women, her Trojan women are drawn as literally animal, the spoils of war ... Carson’s purposeful play bypasses nostalgia for the kind of traditional forms on display in another creative revisioning.
Set in post-war Troy, this wrenching comics-poetry update of Euripides’ tragic play by MacArthur fellow poet Carson and artist Bruno embodies feminine narratives with wry lyricism ... Yet the cleverness and agility of this graphic work amplify its tragedies ... Herald Talthybius, a hulking raven, outlines the prize for perfect feminine obedience ... Such is the story of war and genocide throughout history, and in Carson and Bruno’s expert hands, it strikes as powerfully contemporary.