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A Spoopy Love Affair With Books

Jean, 39, lover of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, reader of comic books, conqueror of genre fiction.

Currently reading

Wytches Volume 1
Scott Snyder, Jock
Progress: 45 %
The Girl with All the Gifts
M.R. Carey
Progress: 36/403 pages
Bad Moon Rising
Jonathan Maberry
Progress: 160/534 pages
The Immortal Iron Fist: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Dave Lanphear, Derek Freidolfs, Tonci Zonjic, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic, Clay Mann, Dean White, David Aja, Khari Evans, Roy Allan Martinez, Victor Olazaba, Francisco Paronzini, June Chung, Nick Dragotta, Mitch Breitweiser, Javier Rodriguez, Stefano Gaudiano, Dan Brereton, M

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert

Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman, Richard Ianove, Andy Kubert

I'm not the greatest fan of Gaiman's work. That's not shade, I have a huge amount of respect for him, and I can read his writing and appreciate how much talent he naturally has, as well as a keen tongue and glib, poetic but economical prose. I just don't gel with his sensibility about 80% of the time. But this is one of my favorite comics of all time. It handles both history and fantasy effortlessly, and as a fan of the characters featured; it's extremely fun to see how and when they'll appear, and some are vague enough that it's a pleasant little surprise when they do.

 

It's a fun premise: What if superheroes, specifically the Marvel 616 universe, appeared four hundred years too early. It's also a seemingly simply premise, and could have easily been botched, but this is smart, it has a know;ledge both of history and of the Marvel characters and universe. And, for once, I feel like the art matches the brilliance of the idea.