Monday, February 24, 2020

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Marvel 1602" (2006)

"Marvel 1602"
Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert (Illustrator), Richard Isanove (Digital Painter)
Marvel (2006)
(first published in 2003)
248 pages

(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I post the book and go from there.)

There is a lot to like about this story.  A hiccup in our time universe causes many familiar Marvel characters to find themselves in the 1600s.  Time of the Elizabethan society.  Time of King James's Inquisitions.  And a time when Marvel superheroes are smack in the middle of a rip-in-time that will destroy the entire universe if not corrected.  Neil Gaiman's story is clever and tricky in the telling, yet Gaiman sets a tone that allows readers to relax and trust he'll get us through this adventure fairly.  Nothing ever feels forced or rushed.  And it's especially fun seeing how the time-flip has made subtle changes to each character.  Making things seem a wee-bit askew.  It all makes for cool and unexpected surprises.

The writing is Neil Gaiman gold as one might expect.  And Andy Kubert's drawings are a joy.  I read "Marvel 1602" in the chilly February evenings in my den with one lit bulb and a few candles, flipping pages and enjoying the silence.  Oh, and of course I had a full pot of Chock Full o' Nuts to keep my coffee cup warm.  An enjoyable read to tease your head.

"The Duke of Beaufoot" - Spirogyra / "St. Radigunds" (1971)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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