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Marvel's Captain America: Civil War: The Art of the Movie Hardcover – May 24, 2016
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Just like the earlier Captain America artbooks and also other Marvel artbooks, you get the slipcase edition here. I love the design on the cover that shows the tension between Captain America and Ironman. The hardcover also has a nice cover with all the superheroes going at one another.
The presentation style and art direction is similar to other Marvel artbooks. You get to see lots of character designs, environment art, there are storyboards and also commentary from the staff.
In every Marvel film, you see some sort of costume redesign. So in this artbook, you get to see the new costumes as well, although not as much compared to artbooks that are character-specific. The new characters are Crossbones and Blank Panther but unfortunately we don't have a lot on the new designs for Spider-man. I think they might be keeping the Spider-man material for when the new movie comes up.
Environment artworks are nice but and so are the numerous illustrated action scenes. There are many, and many are drawn and printed across two pages. The art really has more impact when printed at larger sizes. The book presents the content in chronological order so if you haven't watched the movie, then this is obviously a major spoiler.
Overall, for the price, you get a 272-page book that's packed with beautiful art and insightful writeup. It's worth the money. Highly recommended to the fans.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The Art of Civil War was excellent, on par with the two Avengers films art books. This is partly due to so many characters taking part, in particular brand new ones (Spidey and Black Panther), but also because the environments were spread globally. Further, rather than just being inspired by decades of comics, Civil War has a very specific comic event that underlies the story. This enhanced the narrative sections immensely as we see how the two compared. Some art depicted characters both Team Cap and Team Iron Man, as the line-up was still being worked out in the early stages. It was great to see concept art for unused fight sequences and the various costume upgrades (though I was surprised at the number of pages devoted to Crossbones considering his brief appearance!). The book has made me very excited for the inevitable Phase 3 films' art books.
The book has the same production values as previous entries, high gloss pages, full color, with the matching slipcase. A beautiful book. Overall, this was a worthy addition to the Marvel art book collection. Highly recommended.
i'm also happy with all the character design and concept art for the sets. The only reason why i gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is because the lack of Spiderman concept art in this book, perhaps it's becasue the addition of him was late in the production, but if you're looking for some spidey art in this book, i can spoil it for you, there are only 2 and i'ts on the internet already.
I'm also surprised how little there was for the final fight scene with iron man vs winter soilder and cap, there are like 4,5 pages of that only without any storyboards and concept art paintings.
anyway, i'm very happy with this, and the amazon price is pretty sweet too compare with how it's going for in my local store
however the book left plenty to be desired. most of the rendered scenes look kinda sloppy, as though the artists had cut out characters (such as cap and the winter soldier) from the second movie and superimposed them on backdrops. it almost resembles one of those kid's books where you can create your own scene on a blank background using stickers the book provides you with. the review by martin described many of the pages as pixelated and they were. either the art for the movie was slapped together haphazardly without a care for professional looking work or the book was. maybe both? i hope not. as this is the last movie book for the captain america movie trilogy, it's pretty disappointing in that respect.
i guess i should say some nice things. as always ryan meinerding's art is stunning. most of the character concept art was really wonderful too. the art depicting the showdown at the airport was pretty fabulous too! unless you wanted more pages of spiderman (like some other reviewers wanted). if that's the case you might end up being disappointed.
overall, buy if you want to collect but lower your expectations haha.