Posted by: jwalsh, September 17, 2013 12:06 pm
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Marvel 1602

Written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Andy Kubert -

This graphic novel takes the incredible conceit of setting the Marvel Universe in the time of Queen Elizabeth. It is a fascinating worldview with familiar characters like Dr. Strange, Nick Fury, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and more placed in the court of the Queen and the early American colony of Jamestown. The character design is utterly incredible, it is amazing to see these figures reimagined in this historical setting and figuring out all the nuances is one of the great pleasures of the book.

Gaiman has written an almost perfect narrative. There are some stretches and deus ex machina but the argument could be made that he is being true to the theater of the period. Kubert’s art is great, he never lets the mask slip. Marvel fans will be delighted with the puzzles presented, especially with the character design which is astonishing. The action is fluid and the plot twists and turns. It is a delightful read, and you feel smarter after you have finished it.