1602 #2

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 1, 2003 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 3
7.3Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

Witness the birth of the Marvel heroes and villains in the 17th century!

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 18, 2003

    This continues to be a fairly solid display of Neil Gaiman's ability the craft an interesting story, as I've been treated to literally dozens of alternate "Elseworlds" and "What If" environments, but I'm finding this one to be quite fascinating. Essentially he's transferred the entire Marvel Universe into the year 1602, though it would appear that he's using the 1960s template, as the characters are more innocent, while the villains would seem to be quite fond of their villainous ranting. Now this issue introduces us to the idea of a school for Witchbreeds, and we see the evil Grand Inquisitor is busy plotting his vengeance upon Carolus Javier, in a scenario that should feel very familiar to X-Men fans. There's also an equally engaging exchange between Matt and Natasha, and young Peter is quickly emerging as my favorite character in this book, as he is clearly based upon the younger, decidedly more eager Peter Parker that Ultimate Spider-Man fans will probably recognize. All in all it Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Cody Dolan Sep 14, 2003

    This issue felt a little too much like #1 for me to fully endorse it, but what little plot development there was I found myself enjoying. Given that Gaiman has been able to sustain a high level of quality in the past, I dont see this book falling off the way Origin did after a few issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Kozlowski Sep 17, 2003

    Neil Gaiman has invested some interesting ideas into 1602. Its great fun to see Marvel characters realized as post-Renaissance bards, mages and spies. The New World has been mentioned enough that Im sure the story will travel in that direction soon and perhaps well get to see the colonial version of Captain America and the Avengers Im dying to see how the Hulk is portrayed (someone told me that the Rojhaz character is Captain America, but I dont see it). Now if only Gaiman will get out of his own way and allow the core story to be told. We all know the 1602 version of Daredevil is Matt Murdocks singing bard, we dont need to see him eating magical, green tree sap then going blind to prove it. Read Full Review

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