Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy : Art of the Movie Slipcase, Hardback

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy : Art of the Movie Slipcase Hardback

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Superheroes
  • ISBN: 9780785185536



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I have been collecting the MCU Art of books since the “Art of Marvel Studios” set was released. I have enjoyed all the books, though some were better than others. In general, the Phase 2 film books have surpassed the previous ones in quality and content. Guardians is a great addition to the series.This is another stunning book from Marvel. The hardcover and slipcase, with wrap-around artwork, are just as beautiful as the previous releases. The pages are thick and high gloss and it is packed with gorgeous art work and designs. The Guardians offer a unique opportunity to introduce an entirely new universe to audiences. So much of the film had to be developed from scratch that there is more concept art and weapon/vehicle design here than in any previous book since Iron Man. And the detail is off the charts! Every major character gets several pages devoted to look and costume, and many of the minor characters also. The Collector’s assistant, Carina, even has two pages! I was delighted to see the evolution of each Guardian’s look, with the many costume designs and make-ups tests considered. The section on Drax and his scars/tattoos was mind-blowing.The book is laid out chronologically vis-à-vis the film, just as all the Phase 2 books have been. Since Star Lord is introduced in the film first, his is the first chapter after the introductions. As usual, the text ties back into the comics whenever possible to show how characters/costumes were inspired by or changed from the original works. I also loved how most of the concept art was previously unseen. Lots of images from the previous books were released (or leaked) online ahead of publication, but not here. The section of the Collector and his museum was brilliant. There were lots of Easter eggs for Marvel & comics fans in there and the book explores some of that. The reason I didn’t give this book five stars is that it has two issues that keep it from being amazing. First, there is a noticeable amount of gutter loss throughout, wherein images are obscured or corrupted by going into the spine. After producing nine art books, this is really inexcusable from a design stand point. For large landscape images of the settings, this isn’t a problem - if a couple buildings go into the spine, no big loss. However, it is a big deal when it happens with characters. One image of Rocket which spans two pages has him completely “eaten” by the spine but the rest of the image is empty (e.g. there is NOTHING to the right and left of him except background color)! This happens again Baby Groot. There is no reason these images couldn’t be cropped to avoid the problem. And some of the group shots should have been resized to prevent characters from disappearing. The second issue is that the book really needed screen caps and character stills. Though this is an art book, it’s really helpful to see the final design as used in the film alongside all the concept art that led to it, especially for character costumes and make-up. The prior art books did this, so it’s a mystery why it wasn’t done so here.Overall though, this is still an impressive production that truly opens up the universe of the Guardians. Highly recommended.