In general, Elseworlds stories are the purview of DC Comics. For those not familiar with the term, Elseworlds refers to taking established comic book characters and placing them in a new situation, such as Superman in Soviet Russia. Still, Marvel occasionally dabbles in the proverbial alternate universe pond, evidenced by the widely heralded Marvel 1602.
I first read 1602 back in 2011, and it was the volume that got me back into comics; for that, I am forever grateful. Still, with four years of hindsight, and a lot of comics read in between, I decided to return to this comic to see if it holds up to my now more discerning (read: not-that-much-more-informed) taste. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Marvel 1602.