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Has anyone read Neil Gaiman's 1602? Is it any good?

Old 10-20-04, 01:18 AM
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Has anyone read Neil Gaiman's 1602? Is it any good?

I'm a fan of the artist but not sure if the story's good. The hardcover cost $25.00.

the ew blurb they use was their review of the first issue and it's the only blurb so im not sure.
Old 10-20-04, 06:24 AM
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HUGE fan of Gaiman. I read any comic he puts his hands on. I found this to be really disappointing. To further make the point, I can't even remember how it ended. That's either due to it being really forgettable or because I didn't even finish reading it. I can't remember which. That says a lot right there.
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Yeah, I usually love Gaiman but this one just seemed stiff and boring. It had potential but basically is a lame "Marvel universe in medieval time" what-if type story. I sold my original issues on eBay to give you an idea. Definitely wouldn't buy it in hardcover, at least wait for the TPB.
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I actually really enjoyed it. I waited until all 8 issues were out to read it, but I thought that it was really good.

If you look around hard enough, you can probably find all 8 issues for under $25.00 or just wait a couple of months until it's out in TPB form and it'll be $12.99 or $14.99
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i just finished this last night and was just kind of blah towards it. i got mine from milehighcomics for 12.49. you might check there to see if they still have it for cheap if you are going to pick it up.
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The premise is excellent, but the execution is very lackluster. I remember being extremely disappointed with the ending in particular as it was just a quick, cheapo resolution.
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Is it "Guy-man" or "Gay-man"? I've just always wondered. I've liked some of his books, esp. Good Omens, and am slowly reading the Sandman comics now.
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It's "Gay-man" I believe. At least that's how Tori Amos pronounces it and they're good friends so she should know.

I just picked this up from Borders (I had a 25% off one item coupon) and plan on reading it as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now. I've read everything else by Gaiman I could get my hands on and I haven't been disappointed yet- but based on some impressions I've read here and elsewhere I'm sort of glad I got it at a discount already.
Old 10-25-04, 11:01 AM
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I bought it as it came out. It had a few nice ideas in it, but overall read like something written for a paycheck. If you think the idea of setting the Marvel characters in Elizabethan times is really cool, then this is the book for you.
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I've had the pleasure of meeting Neal on three ocassions, and he's been extremely accomodating and personable every time - even when I had a foot high stack of Sandmans for him to sign, of which he signed every one without any hesitation and with genuine politeness. He was actually very impressed that I had several English editions of a few items like the Good Omens hardback, and the Comic Relief comic which was never meant for American consumption. He was very surprised, and appreciative, that a yank had these, and so was more than happy to sign them.

Anyway, a genuine good person who personally confirmed that it's pronounced as previously stated, gay-man, or rather more phonetically specific, gay-muhn.

As for 1602, I haven't given that one a shot yet.

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