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Marvel The Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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"(This) fun-to-thumb through guide provides a quick glance at the visually stunning and creatively imagined individuals (enhanced humans, aliens, gods, androids, and more) that people the Avengers universe." – School Library Journal

A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers for 2012.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756667402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756667405
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A lot of fun. Quick reading, full of great art. But there are some puzzling things... and "Things" is one of them! No "THING" here! The other three members of the Fantastic Four are here, but of all of them The Thing has participated most in the Avengers... and he's the one missing.

And not to argue over "powers" like a school boy, but Hawkeye's fightng skills are listed at 7. That put's him in the Captain America, Wolverine, Shang Chi area. A better fighter than Iron Fist, Black Panther... and more. Really?

But again, a fun read. Good for new and old readers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Derek McHenry on December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for kicks being a Marvel comics fan and was let down by the fact that they left out some fairly popular villains. How could you forget Modok??? Seriously?
Aside from that, the book is in full color and pretty cool if you are curious about the Avengers, especially with the Avengers movie coming in 2012.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael D Joyce on March 4, 2013
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Quality of book - well-made, good binding, nice thick pages and glossy hard cover. Can stand wear and tear of younger child

Characters - good consolidation of Avenger's universe... nice quick info on each character (easy enough for a kid to read)

Content: Warning - not appropriate for young children - publishers chose some fairly revealing shots for the female characters... too detailed on the female anatomy and the angles at which they are portrayed. Could have toned down the breast sizes about 4 cups and covered up the cleavage/skin some more and it would have been a great book for a kid. I don't want my son looking at pictures like that in our house.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Dietz on December 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide was something I got as an early christmas gift. I thought that I wouldn't really look at it because of the fact that I'm starting to grow out of comic books, but wow was this fun. This book basically gives you an introduction to many characters of the Marvel Universe and is a pretty cool read. I recommend it to anyone who needs to catch up on the Marvel Comics Universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Parisi on March 4, 2014
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First off I want to clarify that I only give it a 3 star rating solely based on the power rankings.(more on that later)

The book is great for teaching children about the characters and inspires them to read. Which is the most important aspect here, especially in the day and age of sitting In front of a game console or I phone for hours on end.......
I have two boys 8 and 5 who have been into superheroes since they were 2 years old. They love this book as well as the DC version. Both books have been the source of many discussions amongst us, these books have,even gotten my wife into superheroes!
I hope DK comes out with a new versions covering much more of the extensive Marvel and DC universes. They could easily double the amount of characters and people would buy the new versions for that reason alone.

Now for the bad, which only really applies to comic book people such as myself. The power rankings are waaaay off!
Not to go into all of the inaccuracies, but here is just one that is like a punch in the face for anyone who reads comics.
THOR. The Viking god who has been fighting brutal wars for over 12 hundred years is only a 4 out of 7 in fighting skill? Really? If anyone is a 7 it's him. He might even be an 8!

They have the following characters ranked higher or on par with The Mighty Thor in skill. Baron zemo 5, the pacifist Beast 4, big Bertha 4, black bolt 4, black knight 5, black panther 5, black widow 5, blastarr 4, bloodwraith 5, bullseye 5, captain America 6, captain mar'vell 4, Charlie 27 4, dakken 7 ( uhh why? Because he is related to wolverine. Not!) daredevil 6, death bird 6, death cry 4, demolition man 5, diamond back 4, Dinah soar 4, dr doom 4, dr voodoo 4, doorman 4, dormammu 4, dum dum Dugan 4, echo 6 (uhh ok).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan on June 23, 2015
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I'am a little disappointed with this edition (2015), It's supposed to be an updated and expanded edition but some characters from previous edition (2010) were removed, especially the ones related with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (maybe because all controversial legal rights between disney-fox for made their films, I don't know) furthermore some "characters" are just groups or organizations (hydra, A.I.M.). I made a list with the characters that appeared in the previous edition but they didn't in the new one. And a list of the new characters that appear in 2015 edition.

2010 edition 2015 edition
Annhilus Abomination
Arachne Absorbing man
Beast Abyss
Blastaar A.I.M.
Daken Baron Strucker
Deathbird Batroc
Deathcry Beyonder
Doctor Doom Blackout
Dagon Man Blade
Exodus Blue Marvel
Firelord Captain Britain
Firestar Captain Universe
Galactus Crossbones
Henry Peter Gyrich Deathlok
Human Torch Drax
Invisible Woman Ex Nihilo
Mad-Thinker Finesse
Magneto Gamora
Major Victory Groot
Mephisto Hank Pym
Mole-Man Hazmat
Molecule Man Hydra
Mr. Fantastic Hyperion
Onslaught Madame Hydra
Patriot Mandarin
Penance Manifold
Photon Mettle
Ronin Miss America
Sauron M.O.D.O.K.
Silver Samurai Monica Chang
Silver Surfer Nightmask
Terminatrix Norman Osborn
War Machine Nova
Wasp II Phillip Coulson
Wizard Phobos
Wolverine Purple Man
Quake
Ravona Renslayer
Red Hulk
Reptil
Rocket Racoon
Scorpio
Serpent
Shang-Chí
Sharon Carter
Sin
Skaar
Slingshot
Spectrum
Star Brand
Star-Lord
Striker
Super-Adaptoid
Trickshot
Vance Astro
Veil
Victor Mancha
White Tiger
Winter Soldier
Wrecking Crew
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