Written by: Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove
Paperback: 160 pages
June 2001, $14.99
In Marvel 1602, award-winning writer Neil Gaiman and artist Andy Kubert present a unique vision of the Marvel universe set four hundred years in the past. Classic Marvel icons such as the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil appear in this intriguing world of 17th-century science and sorcery, instantly familiar to readers, yet subtly different in this new time. Marvel 1602 combines classic Marvel action and adventure with the historically accurate setting of Queen Elizabeth's reign to create a unique series unlike any other published by Marvel Comics.
I heart Neil Gaiman big time so anyone who knows me should not find it unusual that I picked up Marvel 1602. I am also a costume drama fan when it comes to my film picks as well. Combine Gaiman and the Elizabethan age with some of my favorite superheroes and I am one happy chick. Of course the prospect of having Dr. Strange, The X-Men, Nick Fury, etc mingle with Queen Elizabeth is too good not to pick up. And I was happy to discover I was not at all disappointed and in fact, I wanted it to go on (though I hear the second volume not penned by Gaiman isn’t as good).
I had a blast deciphering who each of the heroes and villains were because some of them are not easily recognizable at first. Is it as deep as Sandman? No. But it is so much fun that you don’t care. A shame Gaiman didn’t do the second volume.
4 out of 4 happy bibliosnark bookmarks