Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tradio #39 - Marvel 1602

Howdy Howdy!  How is everyone this week?  Well, this week we continue giving some love to Marvel and continuing on a theme from the past couple weeks where we look at back at a specific time in the Marvel universe.  This week, we review Marvel 1602 written by Neil Gaiman, with art by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove and published by Marvel Comics.

Marvel superheroes?  In 1602 Europe?  What the crap is going on?!?! Those are totally acceptable questions for this collection of the eight issue mini series penned by a writer that holds a seat right next to Moore as changing what a comic book could be.  The story does take place in Europe at the beginning of the 17th century and we see Marvel characters that we know very well thrown into a world where they do not belong.  We get to see interesting new takes on the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and even Daredevil in a fairly historically accurate Elizabethan Europe.  Is this just a "what-if?" tale or is there something more going on?  Have these characters really been shifted back through time and what could that possibly mean for the future of the Marvel Universe?  To tell too much would spoil the surprises along the way, but needless to say, you are in for an epic adventure that stands convention on it's ear and shows just how versatile these characters can be. is really good.  This is honestly the first (but definitely not the last as you will see in the coming weeks) thing that I have ever read of Neil Gaiman's.  He does an amazing job.  The amount of research that went into this is great and it shows a deep fondness for these characters that you would not expect from the writer of Sandman.  Paired with amazing art by Andy Kubert and you really get a comic for the ages that takes you on a grand adventure that few creative teams could pull off to this degree.  Do yourself a favor and read this trade if you have any love for Marvel will take you places you have never, ever gone before with them.

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