Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Marvel 1602: by Lauren Meyer

Q1: The Marvel 1602 graphic novel is illustrated in a very congruent way. The gutter on every page is black which really sets a dark tone and creates a strong contrast against the panels. The panels themselves are sketchy, and lack detail, almost to the point of being cartoonish. The colors that are used are more natural and dull, which works well with the historical setting of the work. If they had used a lot of bright vibrant color, I think it would have detracted or contradicted the overall storyline as it is set in a time period where there weren't as many vibrant colors in everyday life, especially since most things are lit by candle light instead of synthetic light. 

Q2: This story is uniquely suited to exist as a graphic novel because of the vast amount of characters involved. There are many characters represented from the Marvel universe but they exist in Elizabethan England. Some of the characters are not initially revealed and are only exposed later in the story. If this were a movie, there is no way you could incorporate this many characters without losing the audience. Plus, so much happens within the work that it would never be converted to film form without a lot of the story being cut. I also think that this work would lose something if it was simply in written form for the same reason. There are so many characters, that without a visual aid, it would be difficult for the reader to keep track of each individual storyline taking place simultaneously.

Q3: This comic is interesting because it takes on the question of how superheroes and villains originate. It plays with themes of time and space and asks the question, do superheroes arrive when we need them? Or does their existence give birth to an equal evil in the world. The character known as Captain America is the key figure in this work. He is actually from the future but is sent back to this time (1600's) by mistake, thus creating the rift which will ultimately destroy the universe if left to take its course. So is Captain America ultimately the bad guy because his presence in the past is causing this catastrophic event? Additionally, his presence sparks other mutants to form somehow, and many of them are killed on accounts of which craft. When told he has to return to the future, Captain America says he is going to stay which makes him seem kind of selfish. It is hard to say whether he is good or bad and further complicates the issues of good and evil. 

Q4: I think one one the most important panels in this comic is in part 7 when they are attempting to burn many of the mutants in the name of God as an act of holy war. Magneto is tied to a stake and is speaking with one of the priests who is about to burn him. The priest reveals that Enrique was taken as a boy from the Ghetto where his Jewish family lived in order to "save his immortal soul." And even though his family and he pleaded to be reunited, he was kept as a charge in the Catholic Church. The priests says, "You were raised as a child of the Church, Enrique. You were shown God's mercy, and you have rejected it." This shows the underlying theme of racial and social prejudice within the comic. The church is persecuting the "Witchbreed" in the name of God, however, it is evidential that this is truly just a form of racial hatred and persecution. 

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