From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–Mr. Mxyzptlk vs. Superman. Voldemort vs. Harry Potter. Khan vs. Captain Kirk. This volume is a comprehensive reference guide to bad guys from Abomination to Zurg, tracking each villain through its various incarnations including film and television, comics, video games, and even action figures. The introduction explains the criteria for inclusion in this book; minor bad guys are not included. Characters from the comics get the most attention, from the Golden Age to contemporary nemeses. The entry on Modern Age Supervillains (1980-present) will help readers understand the evolution of villainy. The index will greatly assist readers looking for their favorite characters, who can appear in several categories. Venom, for example, has his own entry and also appears in Arachnid Adversaries. Color and black-and-white images of many characters make this an eye-catching read. This book will be an enjoyable and educational resource for fans of all ages, whether theyre teens just entering the world of comics or grown-up nerds who still havent moved out of their parents basements. A fascinating title that will provide hours of evil entertainment.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Librarians may not be familiar with Sesshomaru and Skeletor, but many of their younger patrons are and would welcome this volume exploring characters from the dark side. A companion to The Superheroes Book
(2004), its more than 400 entries examine villains from Lex Luthor to Lord Voldemort. Also here are entries for topics such as Aquatic supervillains
and Villains from the toy
box. The many illustrations will appeal to fans. Mary Ellen QuinnCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved