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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Review: DC Ultimate Character Guide and Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia

Think you know your superheroes? Well get ready for the ultimate test.

Dorling Kindersley (DK) has published the DC Ultimate Character Guide and the Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia.

Grab these two books and you'll be well on your way to becoming an expert on superheroes and villains of all kinds.

This isn't just about the big names, like Spiderman, Captain America, Batman and Robin, Superman and Lois Lane. You'll also find less well known characters like Captain Boomerang, Hawkgirl, and Ant-Thony. Not to mention Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred.

The DC Ultimate Character Guide is a new edition and is set out in alphabetical order by character (more than 200 of them). There is a short bio and summary for each outlining their vital statistics and powers, plus facts from situations they've encountered. And a picture, of course.

The Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia has the characters grouped by universe (the universes are as presented on the big screen). There are nine of them: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

Each character has a data file (their vital statistics equivalent), along with important background and story information. The pictures in this book are all taken from the relevant movies.

With the usual highly visual appeal of DK book design, the DC Ultimate Character Guide and the Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia can be easily read from cover to cover, or browsed on and off at leisure.

They are perfect gifts for young fans of comic books and superhero movies.

Some of the many characters you'll discover in these books include:
  • Kid Flash, who is mentored by his hero, The Flash.
  • Detective Chimp, a cruelly-treated chimpanzee who escapes the circus and gains his superpowers by drinking from the Fountain of Youth.
  • Brainiac 5, who has superintelligence.
  • Groot, a sentient plant who can regenerate from injuries.

Title: DC Ultimate Character Guide / Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia
Author: Dorling Kindersley
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, $24.99
Publication Date: March 2019 / April 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780241361375 / 9780241357538
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior non-fiction