Monday, August 17, 2009

Book Review: Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove

London, 1602.

Queen Elizabeth is dying, the fanatical King James of Scotland poised to snatch the crown. Strange weather phenomena, begun in the New World, are beginning to affect England. Rumors swirl that the storms will bring about the end of the world. Sir Nicholas Fury, the Queen's Intelligencer, has heard of an powerful magical object, guarded by the Knights Templar, that may protect them from the coming apocalypse. Together with his apprentice, Peter Parquah, Fury arranges a meeting with his mysterious blind spy, who Fury has only met in the dark, to secure the object from the Templars.

In Spain, the Inquisition holds a mysterious winged creature in chains, to be burned as a witch at dawn, even as Carlos Javier sends his students, Scotius Sommerisle, Robert Trefusius and John Grey to save him from the flames.

And, somewhere in the Atlantic, a ship speeds toward the coast of England from the New World, bringing young Virginia Dare and her guardian, the fearsome Rojhaz to beg for help for the Roanoke Colony from the Queen. When she is snatched by an assassin from the Queen's throne room, the Queen's physician (and magician), Stephen Strange, must act quickly when he discovers Virginia transformed into something... Other.

If you love superheroes, comics, Neil Gaiman, or just a ripping good yarn, this one's for you! The X-Men and Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Count Doom, Magneto, the Fantastic Four, and Captain America all have a role to play in this phenomenal re-imagining of the Marvel world as it would have been 400 years ago. Fantastic!

(who hasn't gotten around to watching Daredevil yet, but now definately has to put it on hold! While I wait, I'll be watching all the X-Men movies again...)

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