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A Reciprocal Love Affair With Books

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

Currently reading

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel)
Jason Reynolds, Kadir Nelson
Progress: 206/261 pages

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.