Posted on October 15, 2009 by teampreston
Available at Amazon.com
The Marvel Encyclopedia 2009 Revised Edition
by Tom DeFalco, Peter Sanderson, Tom Brevoort, Michael Teitelbaum, Daniel Wallace, Andrew Darling and Matt Forbeck.
Celebrate 70 years of Marvel Comics with The Marvel Encyclopedia! Fully updated with new images and text, this one-volume encyclopedia contains more than 1,000 of Marvel’s greatest-from well-known characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Wolverine to lesser known heroes and villains.
An essential book both for new fans and for those who grew up loving the comics, The Marvel Encyclopedia is full of artwork, stats, and history for every character in the Marvel Universe. Updates on characters include information from the story arcs of Civil War and Annihilation, and brings fans up to date with the aftermath of Secret Invasion.
This is a massive tome of all things Marvel. Seriously. It’s a 50 pound hardcover of comic book awesome! Ok, maybe not 50 pounds, but it’s a bullet stopper for sure!
I’ve been a fan of Marvel Comics since I was a kid and the comics took a massive jump to a whopping 35 Cents! Comics have changed so much over the years. More than I knew before delving in to the Marvel Encyclopedia. Holy CRAP! This book delves in to every character, major and minor That I have ever heard of and many I hadn’t. It gives all kinds of details on origins, secret identities, story arcs and issues they are showcased in.
As always, the artwork is stunning. There are several large entries for special groups and events like The Avengers, The Death of Captain America, Civil War, The Gods of Asgard and the many variations of The Hulk.
One of the nicest things about the Marvel Encyclopedia is that you can catch up on a lot of the important story arcs. For example the X-Men entry explains several of the more convoluted plots and ties them together nicely (Story A ties also to House of M and Story B dovetails in to The Illuminati and then in to Civil War). I’ll be honest…I haven’t been able to keep up with all the titles Marvel produces for many years. Actually I only ever kept up with a few at a time and then picked up tie-in issues where I could. I usually missed out on several awesome stories until the graphic novels came out. One thing that’s extra nice is that with the Marvel Encyclopedia you know how and where to find all the best parts of each series like the Mutant Massacre, Coming of Apocalypse and the Secret Wars.
In perfect time for the Halloween season we have tons of examples of cool costumes for the kids, and dark heroes (anti-heroes?) for the adults. Blade, Dr. Strange, Magneto, Emma Frost, Thor and The Punisher all deal with the darker-side of the Marvel universe. I mean, you can’t get much darker than Mephisto!
This is a fantastic collection of Marvel Comics lore. As awesome as this tome of knowledge is, I think it is the art that makes it really pop. Every single page is heavily laden with art from the respective series’; easily over a thousand images of heroes, villains, sidekicks and monsters. This is a fantastic book. How do I rate it? 400 Pages of hardbound Marvel Comics goodness! ‘Nuff Said.
Review by Jeff Preston