Science fiction and fantasy
by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove
This is a simple story, and it's relatively unsophisticated compared with some of Neil Gaiman's other work. I thought the ending was a little disappointing because it's a bit of a cop out, harking back to really old-school school, hackneyed science fiction.
The artwork is clear and colourful, without the gaudiness of the original Marvel characters' costumes. They look better for their historical makeover. The level of detail is enough to make the images easy to understand and enjoy, without slowing down the story too much.
This is a graphic novel that does everything that's expected of it, and no more. The artwork and storytelling conform to Marvel norms, but they don't break new ground. 1602 is enjoyable while it lasts, and the characters play off each other charmingly, but it's not a genre-shaking work by any means.
16th February 2011
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The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
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Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero by Dan Abnett
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Review © Ros Jackson
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