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Avengers: The Art of Marvel's The Avengers Hardcover – May 2, 2012
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The cover looks great and it's actually a slipcase.
Almost all aspects of the movie are covered. There are the Avengers themselves with their new costume designs, Loki, The Chitauri, flying leviathans and other characters like soldiers, Nick Fury, etc. The art is great and these are all printed big. The characters are mainly drawn by Andy Park and Charlie Wen. Most look very much like the actors. The Iron Man design is, as usual, amazing. There are also a few pages of Hulk art which are new obviously since there are no Hulk movie art books.
Many locations, props and vehicles are featured as concept art. You'll see Bruce Banner's hideout home, Tony Stark's tower a breakdown of the technology that suit him into Iron Man or un-suit him, the warehouse where Black Widow was held, the Helicarrier and its interiors and even the tunnel Loki escaped in. The props are all sort of gadgetry shown in the movie, stuff like Hawkeye's bow, other weaponry, a sequence of Tony Stark suiting up into Man VII in mid-air. There is a lot to see because some pictures are filled with details. The visuals are spectacular.
I think the layout is slightly chaotic because there's a lot going on with so many characters and big set pieces. The content is presented chronologically as they appear in the movie.
The writeup is extensive and there's a lot to read about various part of the movies. This will probably be very interesting to those who want to find out how The Avengers differs in areas as compared to the comics.
This is an awesome art book and informative movie companion. Highly recommended.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This is one of many Marvel Slipcase Art of books that are beautifully presented. This thick and heavy hardcover book is stored in a hard cardboard slipcase that has its own artwork in addition to the regular book cover. The pages are thick with colorful printing.
This book features conceptual art for the first Avengers movie. These are ideas presented by artists as options for the director to choose from. Some of it is good, some were the perfect choices for the movie, and some you wish they had used. It doesn't matter what made the final cut, all the artwork in here is beautiful.
If you love looking at concept art, or you love movies, or just want to be inspired by other artists, this is a great book to own. While it could make a great coffee table book, no one other than me is touching this copy. Recommended.
The only thing about this book is that it seems to skimp a bit on art for the alien race: The Chitauri. Some of the best work in the book are the designs for these creatures...I wish they would have given us a bit more. I love the renderings for the character "The Other"....very creepy! I also wished they would have had some sketches of "The Mystery Villain" from the mid credits scene (I don't want to spoil the surprise for anybody who hasn't seen the film).
If you have any of the previous art of Marvel books and enjoy them, there is no reason you shouldn't love this book. Like the others, this book comes in a high quality sturdy slipcase. The design and quality of the book is really nice, although I wish the pages were a little thicker. All this stuff is pretty nit picky. If you love the design and art of movies or Marvel movies you will love this book!