NABC: Reviews for Marvel 1602



“Collects Marvel 1602 (2003) #1-8. The year is 1602, and strange things are stirring in England. In the service of Queen Elizabeth, court magician Dr. Stephen Strange senses that the bizarre weather plaguing the skies above is not of natural origin. Her majesty’s premier spy, Sir Nicholas Fury, fends off an assassination attempt on the Queen by winged warriors rumored to be in service to a mad despot named Doom. News is spreading of witchbreed sightings – young men bearing fantastic superhuman powers and abilities. And in the center of the rising chaos is Virginia Dare, a young girl newly arrived from the New World, guarded by a towering Indian warrior. Can Fury and his allies find a connection to these unusual happenings before the whole world ends?

Why we chose it:

Marvel + Neil Gaiman, need we say more?

What we think so far:

Lady Hawkeye says: I am having so much fun with this month’s NABC selection! The only other Gaiman comic I’ve read is Sandman: Overture, and 1602 couldn’t be more different. Gaiman’s writing is, of course, a delight to read, and while I’m still in the “building” portion of the story, I’m confident he’ll finish strong. I’m also enjoying his spin on what feel like old friends: characters I’ve known and loved since childhood have new faces and stories (and sometimes new names), yet they somehow remain satisfyingly the same. Two thumbs up from me so far!

Final Thoughts & Reviews:

Lady Foxcraft says: What a fantastic story. I loved experiencing these beloved characters in a different time and place. Matt Murdoch was especially spectacular, perhaps my favorite. The writing is sublime, the artistry is top-notch, and the overall story is engaging. A must-read for any graphic novel enthusiast, especially those of the Marvel variety, and any fan of Neil Gaiman should definitely consider this title for their book list. It was a wild ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

Lady Hawkeye says: My final thoughts are basically the same as my midway ones. I really enjoyed this story. It was distinctly Gaiman – intricate, thoughtful, graceful in execution – yet his faithfulness to well-established characters was ultimately very satisfying. I thought this story was “meatier” than many in this genre and it took me longer to get through than some comic books do, but that’s a good thing! Marvel 1602 is an exciting, beautiful, fascinating read. Highly recommended!

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