Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four by Peter David

Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four is the third part in the 1602 series begun by Neil Gaiman in Marvel 1602. Whereas the second instalment was a grave disappointment, Peter David's entry to the series actually manages to entertain.

The story is very simple: Doctor Doom kidnaps Shakespeare, wanting the famed playwright to write up his greatest adventure. The Fantastick Four - a group of four explorers who have gained strange powers from the so-called "Origin" - rush to rescue the man of the feather pen and much trouble ensues.

The best aspect of this entry to the series was that you once again get a bit of a feel of the early 17th century, even if it is mainly in the appearance of Shakespeare and the mention of some other familiar names from the period. There's also a lot of humour, not all of it centred around Shakespeare, that makes the story an entertaining read.

This is nowhere as good as the Neil Gaiman's original, but still a long stretch better than the 1602: New World offered. Well worth a read if you liked the original.