Graphic Novel :: Marvel 1602

Marvel 1602 is an eight-issue comic book limited series published in 2003 by Marvel Comics, all combined into one graphic novel.

The limited series was written by Neil Gaiman, penciled by Andy Kubert, and digitally painted by Richard Isanove; Scott McKowen illustrated the distinctive scratchboard covers.

The eight-part series takes place in a timeline where Marvel superheroes exist in the Elizabethan era; faced with the destruction of their world by a mysterious force, the heroes must fight to save their universe.

Many of the early Marvel superheroes — Nick Fury, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man — as well as villains such as Doctor Doom and Magneto appear in various roles.

Spider-Man, the X-Men, Nick Fury, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Black Widow, Captain America and more appear in the waning days of Queen Elizabeth. As the world begins to change and enter into a new age, the question remains – how and why are these Marvel stars appearing nearly 400 years before they’re suppose to?

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

The always inventive Gaiman has concocted an unlikely—but fantastically successful—superhero comic that transfers Marvel’s classic characters to the Elizabethan period.

  • Nick Fury is still a lethal government operative, but now he’s an adviser to Queen Elizabeth.
  • Her Majesty is equally reliant on magician and doctor Stephen Strange.
  • X-Men mentor Charles Xavier still shepherds a band of mutant teens, only now he’s called Carlos Javier, and the mutants are known, and mistrusted, as “witchbreed.”
  • Carlos’s mysterious nemesis has taken on a new job: grand inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Peter Parker (here “Parquah”) is still a confused but well-meaning teenager who has yet to be bitten by a radioactive spider.

Placed in a period landscape (rendered in rich, painterly panels by illustrator Kubert and digital painter Richard Isanove), these familiar characters must grapple with the issues of the day, chief among them the machinations of the evil King James of Scotland. And, in classic superhero style, they must save the world. The improbable combination works remarkably well, as the superheroes’ strange abilities adapt to Elizabethan culture. This glorious adventure is peppered with Scott McKowen’s gorgeous, moody cover-art woodcuts.