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


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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: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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So many characters, so much information!
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17 of 19 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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10 of 11 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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17 of 21 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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6 of 7 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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Format: Hardcover
The Avengers, the most widely known team of superheroes in the Marvel Universe, made their comic book debut in September of 1963 in their first eponymous publication series The Avengers #1, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in response to DC Comics' Justice League of America. This first incarnation consisted of founding members Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, the Wasp and the Hulk, and has since had a vast array of the Marvel superhero community on their roster, as well as several splinter groups and off-shoots (such as the West Coast Avengers and, more recently, the New Avengers). Over the many years of various Avengers-related titles and storylines, with an increasing roster number and rogues gallery, it is fair to say that compiling a database of such for the mass market would be no easy feat. In fact, for that such publication, it is probably best to explore 'The Marvel Encyclopedia', that contains a vast amount of information pertaining to each character within the Marvel Universe, not just focusing on the Avengers, but other teams, solo adventurers etc.
The 'Avengers Ultimate Character Guide', originally released by DK in 2010 and, again, in 2012 (the edition on which this review is based) only partially lives up to its name, with over 200 character profiles presented in alphabetical order from Amadeus Cho to Yondu. Let it be stressed that this most certainly is not a guide to each and every character within the Marvel Universe. DK has released a picturesque character guide focusing on the Avengers team within Marvel lore, and this does not involve information and people from other teams and publications therein. Such a feat would most definitely require a lot more than two hundred pages to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MarvelMommy on June 18, 2012
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This book is okay for those who dont know much about Marvel. But for some like myself, this book is missing quite a few characters... Fantastic Four is missing as well as major characters from X-Men (i.e. Phoenix, marvel girl, rogue etc). There are over 5000 marvel characters and the majority of the book consists of characters that havent had many comics back when they were first started. It was kind of a disapointment for me because I was expecting to see a few characters that I did not. If you are a true marvel fan, there are better books to buy then this one. If you like nice pictures and you dont really care who is in the book, this is just for you. [pardon my spelling errors]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on March 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was hoping this book would have more detail. The character description is good, but it doesn't explain how that character is connected to the Avengers. The pictures are great. However, I am in need of the connection to the various characters in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Whoever would have thought that the 'Ultimate' Character Guides would have been such a success? 20 Years ago, when comics were kids stuff, only a few dared explore/research the heroes we read about. Marvel and DC produced their Who's Who, and related products, but now, they're mainstream!

DK has even turned the large (11 x 14) size into a handy 8 x 10 desk top size for the comic collectors with shelf issues. (yep, we have those at our house). The new size and format is marvelous, especially with the colorful and varied content.

My nephew is a budding artist, and he uses his book for reference pics while sketching. I, on the other hand, read to find out who I missed, or just read....Gotta love the artists in hand too. Gil Kane, Kirby, Ayers, Buscema, Sinnott, Adams, Tuska, Perez, and the new breed of creators too have a presence here.

The book includes vital stats like power ranking, name, occupation, height, weight, allies and foes. Some art accompanies each entry.

Superb design and content (along with a good price point), turn this into a must have for every young collector.

what's next DK?
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