2005 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel
Synopses & Reviews
All's not well in the Marvel Universe in the year 1602 as strange storms are brewing and strange new powers are emerging! Spider-Man, the X-Men, Nick Fury, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Black Widow, Captain America, and more appear in the waning days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. As the world begins to change and enter into a new age, Gaiman weaves a thrilling mystery. How and why are these Marvel stars appearing nearly 400 years before they're supposed to?
Collects Marvel 1602 #18.
"The always inventive Gaiman has concocted an unlikely but fantastically successful superhero comic that transfers Marvel's classic characters to the Elizabethan period. Nick Fury
is still a lethal government operative, but now he's an adviser to Queen Elizabeth. Her Majesty is equally reliant on magician and doctor Stephen Strange
mentor Charles Xavier still shepherds a band of mutant teens, only now he's called Carlos Javier, and the mutants are known, and mistrusted, as 'witchbreed.' Carlos's mysterious nemesis has taken on a new job: grand inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition. Peter Parker
(here 'Parquah') is still a confused but well-meaning teenager who has yet to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Placed in a period landscape (rendered in rich, painterly panels by illustrator Kubert and digital painter Richard Isanove), these familiar characters must grapple with the issues of the day, chief among them the machinations of the evil King James of Scotland. And, in classic superhero style, they must save the world. The improbable combination works remarkably well, as the superheroes' strange abilities adapt to Elizabethan culture. This glorious adventure is peppered with Scott McKowen's gorgeous, moody cover-art woodcuts. Forecast: Gaiman's dedicated following will flock to this; script pages and detailed notes and sketches in the back make it an even more attractive package.
" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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"Rendered rich and dark by artists Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove, and accessible to those who don't know X-Men from eczema, 1602 is a triumph. The Marvel universe hasn't been this engrossing in ages. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly
"[A] highly enjoyable story....Marvel fans will be thrilled with the book, while Gaiman fans are likely to be split, with some finding it too slight but it's strongly recommended." Library Journal
"[W]hile 1602 is not without its flaws, it's full of the kind of comic book magic we have come to expect from Gaiman....Visually, the series is breathtaking....[S]ome of the most stunning images in comics today..." Matej Novak, Green Man Review
"Is 1602 good? Yes, it's damn good. Is it revolutionary or even ground breaking? No....Neil Gaiman knows how to write comics...and the proof is in these pages." Cody Dolan, Silver Bullet Comic Books
"Gaiman's work is a small triumph. He's managed to faithfully translate time-honored Marvel characters while in many respects deepening and enriching them....Gaiman understands character above all else, which may explain why freed of the descriptive burdens of prose his work tends to shine brightest in the comics medium. The reinvented heroes of 1602
inspire one to wish for a complete makeover of the two-dimensional action heroes who clog the mainstream Marvel line-up." Chris Bolton, Powells.com
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All's not well in the Marvel Universe in the year 1602. Strange storms are brewing and strange new powers are emerging. As the world begins to enter a new age, Neil Gaiman weaves a thrilling mystery about how Marvel stars begin appearing nearly 400 years before they're supposed to.
About the Author
As the creator of The Sandman
for DC Comics, writer Neil Gaiman has won every major award in the comics industry, as well as the prestigious 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story
, the only comic-book writer ever to be awarded this literary honor. In addition to his comics work, Gaiman is an accomplished novelist both American Gods
and his children's book Coraline
have garnered New York Times
bestselling status and international acclaim including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards. Born in Portchester, England, Gaiman lives outside Minneapolis with his wife, Mary, and their three children.
The youngest son of famed illustrator Joe Kubert, Andy Kubert has followed in his father's footsteps to become an established comic-book artist in his own right. He has contributed his talents to Origin the long-anticipated series finally revealing the secret beginnings of Wolverine as well as Captain America, Thor, X-Men, and Ultimate X-Men. In addition, Kubert is an instructor at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Comic Book Art in Dover, New Jersey.