Marvel 1602

Marvel 1602

by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert

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Overview

Neil Gaiman's vision of the Marvel Universe in the year 1602! 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? Collects Marvel 1602 (2003) #1-8.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785170747
Publisher: Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 171,386
File size: 146 MB
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About the Author

Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now calls the United States home. He is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels—including Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline—as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals as well as the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

See our definitive ranking of Neil Gaiman's best fiction books on the B&N Reads blog.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England

Education:

Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Marvel 1602 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The art, the story, the characters, it all flows so easily off the page. The only problem is I have not been able to find a graphic novel that can stand up to it. So if you like comics I would suggest you read others before you get this far, or you will be disappointed with everything else you read from then on. Once again, Great graphic novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as the first reviewer said, this book ties in really well. The ending was a great surprise, and I, too, couldnt put this book down. You see many familiar Marvel characters and many hints as to other characters that will come about one day. Just as my headline says, it is a GREAT BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish Neil Gaiman would write more for the Marvel Universe. Expertly crafted with great twists and reveals to keep you hooked. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated with a great story encompassing a number of Marvel characters in surprising form. If you've ever been a fan of the X-men, there's no reason you wouldn't enjoy this revisioning of the universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman is a brilliant story teller. The story is griping and well placed in Elizabethean history. This is such a turbulant and interesting time in history anyway and when you include these wonderful versions of marvel characters it makes a great story that comic fans and noncomic fans will enjoy. The atrwork has a look to it that emulates etching which looks amazing and sets it well into the period. A warning, if you're like me you will want more and you will be disappointed in the next installment. 1602 fantastik Four just isnt as good. It has a different writer and illustrator that dont quite hit the mark and dont integrate the story into the period as well as Gaiman. It is entertaining but not as good. 1602 is one one the best graphic novels I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grew up on Marvel. Enjoyed seeing characters in a different venue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything tied together so well. The twist blew me away and kept me reading. Once I started I couldn't stop reading it. The illustrations were perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutley love this book. Six stars!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont read many comics but enjoyed this...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved what if stories. This one is awsome and is well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the plot and the graphics- (and I'm a Bill Willingham Fables fan, not all graphics make the cut)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn in by the beautiful illustration and wonderful story. The way Neil brought history together with some of my favorite characters was magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading Neil Gaiman's stories for years and he didn't let me down this time either! Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1602- has been a great depiction of history meets comics. Classic adventures and most of all beautifully linked story lines. I hope these forms of comics continue. I was not able to put this down at all. Wonderfully illustrated and well organized! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I recommended this to my husband and I just know he'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of Marvel since the early 80s, I have enjoyed the best it has to offer. 1602 tops it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only gripe is that I wish it was longer. Gaiman's take on our current world events and 2012 collective unconscious along with strange weather, ties in neatly to the world of Marvel 1602 and provides a context for all to ponder science, history, philosophy, morality, loyalty and folk lore. It was a real treat especially getting to read the Marvel Universe through his eyes since I've been a loyal Marvel fan for most of my life. Don't miss this. 'Much is expected from those with much to give'
wilsonknut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if I liked this or not. It seems like a cool idea at first, but it also feels really corny. I think it would have been outstanding had Gaiman written it without trying so hard to include the "famous" characters from the Marvel universe. Just do a what if superheroes were around in the 17th century. Not necessarily the superheroes you all know and love.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I would like this book, simply because this era of history really doesn't interest me that much. I was drawn into the story almost immediately, though, and I enjoyed these comics immensely.The art is beautiful and really sets the tone for the story. The covers are especially noteworthy, and you can tell that the artist put a lot of work and thought into them. The plot itself was very good and "meaty." This isn't a book that you're going to be able to breeze through in half an hour, like many comics collections. This was a solid few hours of reading and had some depth to it, which I appreciated.It does help if you know the Marvel Universe; it's not completely necessary, but you're going to miss some things if you aren't already familiar with these characters.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am trying to catch up on all the Gaiman stories I have missed. This looked like a pretty interesting one; I mean how cool is it to re-imagine all of the Marvel characters in 1602? Overall it was entertaining. The story was excellent and the drawings fantastic. I am a new-comer to the Marvel universe and as such I think I missed some things that a more comic knowledgeable person would have grasped. At times I also thought the story line jumped around a bit too much.Overall though I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this is you are a Gaiman fan or a Marvel universe fan. Some of the ways Gaiman adapted the Marvel heroes to the 1602 time-frame were very interesting and creative.
crazy4reading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well I took the plunge into graphic novels with one of the best authors. Marvel 1602 is a comic book with a twist. Neil takes some of the Marvel characters and places them in the year 1602 in London.I found it interesting to follow their lives while living in London during the end of the Tudors and when James of Scotland becomes king.
GingerbreadMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been leaning heavily towards DC for my super hero fare (as an adult, at least), and so it was really a coincidence when the word GAIMAN on a spine in the Marvel section of Stockholm¿s excellent Comics library caught my eye. I had no idea this graphic novel existed, but the concept seemed too cool to pass up.What Gaiman has done is created a version of the Marvel universe where the heroes ¿ or versions of them - emerged in Europe, four hundred years earlier. So if you¿ve ever wondered who Magneto, Spiderman or Doctor Doom would¿ve been in an Elizabethan context, this is where you¿ll find out. Requiring some basic knowledge of the Marvel Universe, this is a fun exploration down ¿What if¿ lane. There¿s a blind Irish balladeer. There¿s a team of bold explorers who disappeared along with their ship, The Fantastick. There¿s a ¿Master Carolus Javier¿s select college for the sons of gentlefolk¿. There¿s a an assistant of few words to the plotting King James of Scotland, called Banner. And so on.The artwork is truly good, and the coloring a feast for the eyes. It¿s just the plot that¿s a little¿meh. Can¿t say thin, really can¿t. It has loopholes in reality, people (plural) sacrificing their lives for the greater good, the drama of court and church and lots of action. It just never really grips me. It feels just a little too constructed to me.I guess I¿ve come to expect more introspection in my heores, and social commentary, and allusion. I blame Gaiman himself (this ain¿t no Sandman), and the likes of Kurt Busiek. Still, an enjoyable read, that should be of interest to anyone interested in Superhero mythos.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solid read for fans of Marvel and history buffs.
g026r on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll admit that I have a very low tolerance for alternate history comics, both from Marvel and DC, and Neil Gaiman's Marvel 1602 is a prime example of all the things I hate the most.Primarily, it amounts to the fact that for all the creativity of transforming the characters into iterations that fit the new setting, it seems even more straight-jacketed and limited than the non-alternate stories.There's someone whose name sounds like Peter Parker? I wonder if he'll get spider-related powers.They keep going on and on about how the Victor von Doom-alike is the most attractive man in Europe? I wonder if his face will be horribly disfigured before it's all over.And so on and so forth.It becomes less of seeing what new twists and turns will be thrown your way, but rather looking for regular universe references and seeing when the important features of the character get applied.In the end, I come away from these with nothing but a feeling of disappointment.(On the plus side, Andy Kubert's art is as reliably competent as ever.)