1602 #5

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 10, 2003 Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 5
7.5Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

Sir Nicholas Fury leads an army against Carlos Javier's Witchbreed! And we learn the true history of the Four from the Fantastik.

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Dec 19, 2003

    It's a tribute to the quality of the writing that, after all novelty value of a Marvel Universe out-of-time has worn off, this title continues to be compelling and hold the reader's interest from one month to another. What's more, one comes away from what is essentially a talking-heads issue feeling more excitement for the story than any all-out 22-page fight could inspire. Whilst part of the appeal of this series is going to lie in the (presumably) action-packed climax, there are some real treasures to be found in the subtler moments of the set-up. What's more, the final image suggests that this tale may have more in common with a traditional "What If?" story than we have been led to believe... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Dec 18, 2003

    Neil Gaiman is one of the best storytellers working in comics, and given the level of excitement that he's expressed in the interviews leading up to this miniseries release I have to imagine that he has a very definite plan in the works. However five issues into what I believe is an eight issue miniseries I find myself still a bit hesitant to embrace this project as anything beyond a somewhat engaging look at the Marvel Universe set in medieval times. Now I'm curious to see how he plans on explaining the how and why of why the Marvel Universe and a good number of its characters that Neil Gaiman has inserted into this new time period benefit tremendously from this new setting. However, the simple fact of the matter is that we don't really have a central plot tying this all together beyond the temporal displacement, and the lack of a central character to drive the action forward leaves me a bit concerned. Still, I remain confident that I'll be singing this miniseries praises before it's Read Full Review

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