The title of this issue may be misleading: much is certainly explained, but further questions continue to be raised. At this half-way point, 1602 is exciting and confusing in equal measure: it will undoubtedly be easier to evaluate once all is explained. A lot of faith will therefore have to be placed in Gaiman that he can provide a satisfactory solution to these many dangling plot strands. Currently, he still receives the benefit of the doubt, providing a story that is interesting enough without coming close to revealing what it is all about in the greater context of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review
Given Neil Gaiman went out of his way to assure readers that this project wasn't the Marvel equivalent of an "Elseworlds" project I remain quite intrigued to see how he plans on shifting this radically altered landscape back into the more familiar confines of the Marvel Universe. However, at the moment he doesn't seem to be inclined to even offer up a hint of what exactly the deal is with this new world, as none of the characters seem to have the slightest clue that their world has been fundamentally altered, and they all seem to be perfectly settled into this new environment, with several of them coming with their newly altered backstories to suit this 17th century setting. However, this chapter of the story doesn't quite pack the forward momentum of its previous chapters, as the only real moment of note is a surprise betrayal, and even this scene is somewhat undone by the unexplained survival of her victim, who looks to have survived a plunge into a mile deep canyon with no real last Read Full Review
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