The second issue of Neil Gaiman’s Marvel miniseries hits
today as well. The first issue was easily the highest selling
comic in August, but I think JLA/Avengers #1
has it beat this month.
Title: 1602 #2
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Andy Kubert
Original Publication Date: September 10, 2003
Cover Price: $3.50 US, $5.75 Can
The players are taking up their positions for the events that
coming. I’d say the prologue is complete, and the plot is
kick into high gear.
Rojhaz steps into action.
“John” Grey doesn’t even look male. How many people is
The concept is still fresh and original, and
shaping into a cross-over that will pit different characters
each other than we are used to. Things look promising. I
give it 5
out of 6.
The artwork is as last issue; people with facial
of age, or scars look great. The rest look bland. I give it 4
out of 6.
The story is just beginning. Still, this issue is
“here are the characters” issue. It’s less forgivable than
Supreme Power #2, as most of these
characters were around
last month. I give it 3 out of 6.
The characterization only developed for
Rojhaz. The rest of
the characters gained no depths they didn’t have last
month. I give
it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response is just starting to
move past the
“spot the hero” stage and into the “what’s coming next?”
give it 4 out of 6.
The flow is dampened by a series of disjoint
various locations, and an art style that looks more like a
stills than a sequence of images. I give it 3 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a good set-up, but it’s nothing
that. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, 1602 #2 receives 27 out of 42.