- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Slp edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785168125
- ISBN-13: 978-0785168126
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marvel's Thor: The Dark World - The Art of the Movie (Slipcase) Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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The book is laid out in a logical progression that mostly mirrors the film's narrative. All of the main characters have an updated look, but rather than just running through them all at once, they are covered as it relates to the story and settings. The movie opens with backstory narrative of the Dark Elves, and the Art book opens (after the introduction) with an overview of the Book of Yggdrasil, and how its design was based on illuminated texts. The film then jumps to our hero, Sif and the Warriors Three, engaged in battle. Thus, the book runs through their costume updates, as well as the development of Vanaheim, the look of its people and of the Marauders who are attacking them. The prose helps put the images in perspective by explaining the artists/filmmakers choices, and even how they tie back to the comic source. One of my favorite pages in this section is the evolution of Mjolnir, with a picture of each incarnation from the three films laid side by side. This made it much easier to see the subtle, but effective, differences.
The book then devotes a hefty section to the development of the Dark Elves, their technology and ships. It was time well spent. I thought the ships in the film were visually stunning and very creative, and it was interesting to see how they evolved and from where the artists drew inspiration. The editor discusses how Malekith was necessarily adapted from his comic book look and how the elves' masks came to be. When Jane comes to Asgard, the book follows her there. Most of the rest of the book is dedicated to Asgard's updated look. Alan Taylor had a specific vision to ground Asgard in reality, while still showing their advanced technology. The book goes through each of the major sets of Asgard, such as the Throne Room, Hall of Science, Medina, Frigga's chambers and the dungeons. The section then highlights the changes to characters as they relate to Asgard: Jane, Heimdall, Odin, Frigga and Loki.
The book closes with a very brief mention of the marketing for the film. Again, I feel Marvel should either expand on this or do a book specifically about the marketing for these films since it is so interesting.
The exterior covers mimic the design imagery of the Book of Yggdrasil and the book comes enclosed in slipcase, with full color wrap-around imagery. The front of the slipcase has Thor from the teaser poster, and the back has Loki as seen on his character poster in the destroyed throne room. Overall, this book is incredibly well done and quite beautiful. Highly recommended.
I buy these books because Marvel has the best design team in the business as far as I'm concerned. With each film this design team shows their love of the source material yet knows what is necessary to translate it to their movie universe. Keep up the great work Marvel!
The content of the book is very informative and goes into a lot of detail. It mentioned some things that I had not even noticed in the movie itself. All of the character descriptions, concept art, and ideas is very interesting as well. The pages are thick with very heavy ink that really adds to the overall look.
Overall, this book is definitely worth the price if not more (I would not hesitate paying a higher price for it).
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