Marvel 1602, Paperback

Marvel 1602 Paperback

Illustrated by Andy Kubert

Part of the Graphic Novel Pb series

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
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  • Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 9780785141341



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Well I took the plunge into graphic novels with one of the best authors. Marvel 1602 is a comic book with a twist. Neil takes some of the Marvel characters and places them in the year 1602 in London.I found it interesting to follow their lives while living in London during the end of the Tudors and when James of Scotland becomes king.

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I’ve been leaning heavily towards DC for my super hero fare (as an adult, at least), and so it was really a coincidence when the word GAIMAN on a spine in the Marvel section of Stockholm’s excellent Comics library caught my eye. I had no idea this graphic novel existed, but the concept seemed too cool to pass up.What Gaiman has done is created a version of the Marvel universe where the heroes – or versions of them - emerged in Europe, four hundred years earlier. So if you’ve ever wondered who Magneto, Spiderman or Doctor Doom would’ve been in an Elizabethan context, this is where you’ll find out. Requiring some basic knowledge of the Marvel Universe, this is a fun exploration down “What if” lane. There’s a blind Irish balladeer. There’s a team of bold explorers who disappeared along with their ship, The Fantastick. There’s a “Master Carolus Javier’s select college for the sons of gentlefolk”. There’s a an assistant of few words to the plotting King James of Scotland, called Banner. And so on.The artwork is truly good, and the coloring a feast for the eyes. It’s just the plot that’s a little…meh. Can’t say thin, really can’t. It has loopholes in reality, people (plural) sacrificing their lives for the greater good, the drama of court and church and lots of action. It just never really grips me. It feels just a little too constructed to me.I guess I’ve come to expect more introspection in my heores, and social commentary, and allusion. I blame Gaiman himself (this ain’t no Sandman), and the likes of Kurt Busiek. Still, an enjoyable read, that should be of interest to anyone interested in Superhero mythos.

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Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman is unique and groundbreaking for a Marvel comic series. In the DC universe it would be another Elseworlds collection. But you have to hand it to Marvel on this one. It is inventive, daring and just plain great storytelling by a master in the craft; Neil Gaiman. The graphic novel collects Marvel 1602 issues 1-8 from 2003. It is the year 1602, a sick and dying Queen Elizabeth fears the strange happenings in England and around the world as weather and bizarre phenomenon lead the populace to fear the end of the world is upon them. The Church believes it to be the acts of heretics and those known as the Witchbreed under the care of Carlos Javier. The Court Magician Stephen Strange and the Queen's master spy, Sir Nicholas Fury fear an assassination attempt is coming from winged creatures in the employ of the tyrant, known as Doom. Amidst the action is the arrival of a young girl from the New World colony of Roanoke with her Native American protector. They are Virginia Dare, a shapeshifter and a Indian of fair skin and blond hair. Are they a risk to the queen? Can Fury and Strange find the truth among the strange happenings before it is too late? Gaiman does an incredible job of infusing his Elizabethan fantasy tale with the Marvel characters, Nick Fury, Dr. Strange, Victor Von Doom, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Black Widow, Daredevil, Peter Parker and so many more. It is done seamlessly, masterfully and without at any time seeming forced or trite. Marvel 1602 is a tremendous graphic novel that will leave you wondering why Marvel doesn't do this more often.A terrific book!

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