So, the wonderful people at DK publishing teamed up with Marvel to release Marvel’s The Avenger’s Encyclopedia.
Granted, when you see the word encyclopedia, “fun” is probably the furthest thing from one’s mind, but reading is fundamental, right? It is just what it says it is: a comprehensive look at one of Marvel’s most expansive and encompassing franchises. All the big names like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, etc. seen in the recent Marvel movies are examined through key storylines, which provide origin stories up to current cannon.
Where the book truly shines is in connecting lesser-known Avengers to the overarching universe. Long time fans already know about Spiderman, Wolverine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and the like being members of different iterations of Avenger teams, but seeing names like Sandman, Venom, Squirrel Girl, and Mr. Fantastic may come as a surprise. Finding out how they became part of various Avengers factions and their role with the team is always interesting. I have to say, my favorite part is the major storyline synopsis in between chapters.
For those of you who do not have access to a towering comic book collection, Marvel’s The Avenger’s Encyclopedia has you more than covered. They introduce the arc and provide a point by point breakdown of what happened and how it impacted the Avengers or, in some cases, the Marvel universe.
All in all, this is a real straightforward situation. If you have love for anything Marvel, you want to learn more about your favorite characters, or you’re looking for a good way to get into something new, this book is definitely the move.
You can purchase Marvel’s The Avenger’s Encyclopedia for $40 on the DK website.