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Marvel 1602 Premiere HC [Hardcover]

Andy Kubert , Neil Gaiman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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23 Sep 2009 Premiere
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 #1-8.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (23 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785141359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785141358
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The skies are in upheaval; there are whispers of a growing storm ferocious enough to end the world. Strange creatures (the witchbreed) are stalking the woods and hillsides, and a young girl and her burly native protector are undertaking the long and dangerous voyage from the american colonies back to england, bringing strange, awesome powers and warnings of a terrible fate back to the dying Queen Elizabeth. Against this background, the brilliant, twisted Count Otto Von Doom and the puritanical, mysterious Inquisition pursue their own terrible agendas...

Sound exciting? It is. I really love this book. It's a huge, wonderful "What if..?" story, but one like i'd never read before. The transposition of Marvel Comics' colourful cast of superheroes to Elizabethan england is a crazy, inpired notion that could only have come from Gaiman. The art is beautiful, though Andy Kubert (despite his daddy) is very much of the Jim Lee school of superhero drawing, so it is as limited and gorgeous as that heritage implies.

Why only three stars? It's undeniably flawed. There's far too much in it, so there's a panicky rush to resolution in the last half of the book that leaves several significant characters quite short changed in story terms. It reads magnificently for three-quarters of the page count, and just when you begin to think "there's no way he can resolve this in the space he has left..." certain important plot threads fall away, major characters abruptly take their leave or worse, just disappear into the background not to retake the spotlight again. In a time when comics find themselves stretching stories out beyond their natural or advised lengths, this is one story, at least, that could have stood to be half as long again as it turned out to be.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Admittedly expectations were going to be high when Neil Gaiman was signed to do a Marvel Comic. Gaiman's decision to create a unique vision of the Marvel universe set four hundred years in the past during the last days of the reign of Elizabeth Tudor, which certainly whetted my appetite to read this trade paperback collection of the mini-series. When you see Scott McKowen's scratchboard covers that ups the ante even more, and while there is certainly nothing wrong with Andy Kubert's art it is hard to look at those covers and not imagine the entire series done that way, even if it would take McKowen the rest of this decade to get it done.
So "Marvel 1602" begins in the throne room of Elizabeth, by the Grace of God Queen of England, where Sir Nicholas Fury, the head of her intelligence organization and Stephen Strange, the court physician, are meeting with her Majesty on a stormy night. Something powerful being kept in the city of Jerusalem, a weapon perhaps, has been offered to Strange and he has arranged for it to be transported to England. Something is in the air and while the trio talk lightly about how it might be the end of the world it just might. Meanwhile, in the High Tower of the Palace of the Inquisition in Spain, a familiar mutant awaits execution and on a ship bound for England from colony of Roanoke with the young Virginia Dare and her large bodyguard Rojhaz. These are just the first of the many pieces that Gaiman puts into play.
My initial thought while reading "Marvel 1602" was that he was overplaying his hand with his conceit of putting most of the original roster of Marvel superheroes into the time of Elizabethan England because he was working in a couple of dozen characters (including a couple of extremely familiar first line villains).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through a glass darkly 8 Oct 2004
This book takes a sideways look at many of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe, and in doing so gives us a fresh viewpoint on their motivations. The story is set at the end of the Elizabethen period in English history, with the prospect of the Scottish King James becoming the English monarch. Via an admittedly somewhat contrivied device the age of heroes has arrived 400 years early. We see Steven Strange, Nick Fury, Daredevil, the original X-men and others against a backdrop of court intrigue and strange lights in the sky foretelling the end of the world.
This is a well conceived idea with some nice asides thrown in for the long term fan with a knowledge of Marvel history, and a jolly good page-turner to boot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 400 years ago, but still works! 16 Sep 2006
By Robbles
Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer. Anyone who's read Neverwhere, American Gods or Anansi Boys should pretty much agree. He doesn't make things easy, his premises for writing are pretty off the wall, but he's worth the effort.

My girlfriend, god love her, bought me this as I was reading his books, and I love comics. I was unsure whether he could tranlate the suspense of his novels into comic-book format, but I have to say he's done it.

The artwork is of a high quality, not always as varied as I would like, but it is visually enticing, and compliments the story very well.

It is a good story too. The characters are almost seamlessly inter-woven with history, and readers of his novels will totally appreciate where his ideas are set. The marvelverse characters depicted are stereotyped into a legitimate role in the story, cleverly using the facets of characters like Dr Strange, Nick Fury, and the X-Men to full effect. There's plenty more people to read of here, and they are manipulated to fit in with an enticing plot and clever storyline.

My one very slight criticism, which doesn't apply to me but may to others, is that you aren't familiar with history, Gaiman, or marvel, is that it may seem confusing, even trite. It is only when you appreciate the writer, the setting and the characters that this graphic novel is shown for the excellent piece of work that it is. Well worth a read if not, but background knowledge is what transforms this book from another story into a fascinating concept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars marvel
boy, is this good stuff!!!
Published 1 month ago by amg
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Great quality and fast shipping. I got it for my boyfriend and he loves it! He collects comics and this was a fabulous new addition.
Published 4 months ago by Louisa Ellen Grace Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Elizabethan Marvel is awesome.
This book is awesome. Neil Gaiman did a "fantastick" job of reimagining the Marvel Universe in a 17th-century setting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hakim Briki
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Excellent story kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Great twists on existing characters brilliant for comic fans or casual readers
Published 10 months ago by Simon Mayor
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvel book
This was a gift for someone who liked it very much. Delivery was speedy. I would recommend this to anyone
Published 12 months ago by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea. OK Execution.
The idea, to set the events in 1602, is fantastic (no pun intended) and it is reasonably well executed but could have been so much better. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Mr. Jk Waller
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and enjoyable
This was very entertaining if a trifle slow at some points.
There are some great lines in it especially from Dr Doom and Black widow. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by The Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars Very classy
An excellent reimagining of the marvel universe set in... 1602 surprisingly. Gaiman's style fits incredibley well in this time - a time of the inquisition and famed for witch... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by P. M. A. Reidy
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story, well worth having!
Marvel 1602 has, as I have read from other reviews, seems to have been approached as a "What If...?" story.
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Published on 4 Feb 2010 by Comix Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars World 311
Although I'm not a great follower of Marvel comics, or any comics for that matter this was the first 'Graphic Novel' I've picked up and read. Read more
Published on 23 April 2006 by C.F
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