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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,404 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.

Customer Reviews

My son loves this book!
nd account
Of course, I know all and this book will help him at least get characters right.
Shelby
So many characters, so much information!
Melanie Findley

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20 of 22 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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11 of 13 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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28 of 38 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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3 of 3 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
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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 Essej on February 21, 2012
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My son loves this book. The 1-7 rating system on attributes they placed on each character is the biggest hit as he can easily compare strengths. He instantly identified the toughest, and weakest in the book with this system. He only complains because some of his favorites are not represented (ex Modok). Overall a great buy for any Marvel lover.
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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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