Marvel 1602 HC Hardcover – Oct 1 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. 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. X-Men 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.
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About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Along with his brother Adam, Andy Kubert has followed in the comic footsteps of his legendary father, artist Joe Kubert. Together, Adam and Andy Kubert have drawn nearly every character in the Marvel Universe. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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When I originall saw Marvel 1602 I was some what hesitant but quite curious initally I picked the book up at a local retailers and just leafed through it looking at some of the art work.
The images of some of Marvels most classic heroes and villans couples with jaw dropping art work forced me to take the book home and give it a read. Apon starting it I really could not put the book down. It was enthraling and did not fail to entertain me for a single moment. I hope that there will be a sequel published in near future.
This one definitly gets my seal of approval.....
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