- Series: Marvel 1602
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Reprint edition (February 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785141340
- ISBN-13: 978-0785141341
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 399 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Neil Gaiman has transported many of the Marvel characters that we know and love - Dr. Strange, Nick Fury, Daredevil....and I'd best stop there and let you be surprised by who is in here, dear reader - back to the year 1602. Something is very wrong with the world and it seems to be tearing itself apart. To fix it, heroes who shouldn't normally be in this age arise...
I liked the historical references to the period, from Queen Elizabeth I to the Spanish Inquisition. I also admired Mr. Gaiman's subtle changes to names to make them more fitting with the period, and the rather elaborate plot he wove. The style of speech was perfect, the type setting certainly fitting for the times, and the artwork was usually top notch.
In short, I was blown away, absolutely loved it, and highly recommend it. Just for clarification, I read this on my 7" Kindle Fire HD - the panel view made things easy to read and the artwork stand out.
The best thing about this graphic novel is the concept behind it, the time-travel alternative historical setting, and the fact that a bunch of known loved super-heroes are put there. However, I struggled (even forced myself) to finish the book as I got bored quite often, and annoyed at the pretentiousness of the whole story, the uninspired writing, and lack of tempo. I expected the ending to make up for the previous shortcomings, but, alas, it was totally anti-climatic. The story has little action and is mostly a bunch of characters plotting for 200 pages; if you like plotting stories, this is your book! Some of the historical settings are clichéd and full of trite depictions of nations, as well. Most importantly, I could not empathise or sympathise with any of the self-absorbed stilted characters, totally anti-heroes, except for the sweet girl Virginia and for Roojzan, just because he's hot :)). In fact, I would had exterminated the whole bunch if I had super-hero powers myself. Let's be fair. The story was not bad at all, it is just that it was not good either.
The artwork was good, though: rich atmospheric colours and chiaroscuros, wonderful landscapes and great face close-ups; I especially loved the images used at the start of each chapter, which are among my favourite in the book. The lettering was classic with some flare in the fonts of some of the German characters and Thor.
That was my experience with this book. If yours is different and you really enjoyed it, good for you!
From his magnificent mind, Neil Gaiman pulls a fantastic could've been/would've been of the Marvel Universe, at least the one revolving around the Earth (or watching it). It feels historically accurate and sometimes seems it could have actually happened.
Andy Kubert's pencils and Richard Isanove's colors give vibrant and colorful life to Neil's story, the character designs, actions, and expressions all wonderfully appropriate for this tale of intrigue, action, origins, and the end of the universe...