Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove
I bought the eight-issue series years ago based on blind faith as I love Neil Gaiman to bits. I'm not that much aware of the Marvel universe though. Osmosis (not to mention tv and movies) helped in knowing about The Fantastic Four, Captain America, Daredevil, Hulk, Spiderman and X-Men. In college I read through a handful of X-Men comics mainly on Wolverine and then the Infinity Gauntlet compilation. It helped that back then I had housemates with a stash of comicbooks. Well, they helped me with a bit of Marvel knowhow but still, I was more familiar with the DC world.
So I revisited this series a couple of weeks ago. My friend Bryan correctly guessed that the photo I took of the gargoyle came from the series.
The story is set in 1602. Something strange is afoot. For one thing characters from the Marvel universe are there. What? Indeed. The Fantastic Four. A handful of X-Men. Dr. Strange. Nick Fury. Seriously, I don't know the last two guys. Hahaha. I was afraid I'd see Hob Gadling except that he's from the DC (Vertigo) universe. Hahaha.
Why are they in the 17th century? Well, there's this shimmering thing... Oh I guess I shouldn't be discussing that. After all, this is just an eight-issue series. Unless you count the spin-offs which I haven't read.
I had a grand time rereading the pages even if my Marvel knowledge is very limited. There's Matt Murdoch. There's Peter Parker, I mean Parquagh. Scott is still an ass. Somewhat. Hahaha! Of course if the heroes are there there must be villains!
Enjoyable read for someone like me who relish stories with anything superhero in it. But I think Marvel comicbook readers were more enthusiastic when the series was released almost five years ago. Still, it works for the pseudo-uninitiated Marvel reader like me.