Book Review: SUPER GRAPHIC - A VISUAL GUIDE TO THE COMIC BOOK UNIVERSE

PrintE-mail Written by J.D. Gillam

Review: Super Graphic – A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe / Author: Tim Leong / Publisher: Chronicle Books / Release Date: September 1st

Say hello to the geekiest book you’re ever going to buy. A book that is crammed to the hilt with page upon page of bar graphs, pie charts and timelines may not sound like something we’d promote, but when you consider that the subjects of every one of those statistical presentations are characters from comic books, you may find that your interest is somewhat piqued.

The book never strays far from knowing that it’s pretty ludicrous to put facts and figures of our super – and other not-so-super – heroes into this kind of format, but that’s what makes this a great book. Instead of pages of text and canonical history to wade through and bog yourself down with, the author has instead decided to provide the reader with colourful, easy to digest visualisations of things that, as a fan, you should already know as well as other things that you probably didn’t.

For example, there are breakdowns of how long heroes and villains have stayed dead for after their comic book demises; there is more than one exhibition of what happens in The Walking Dead universe; there is even a section devoted to superhero influences in the rap music genre.

Pleasantly, it is not just our caped crusaders that get a look in though. There are such diverse inclusions as Charlie Brown, Death Note and Comic-Con. Even cosplaying is covered in one way or another.

It’s instantly forgettable due to its devil-may-care layout and yet, that’s what makes it a must buy. You’ll find yourself revisiting it time and time again, looking for that one nerd fact that will help you win an argument or just finding yourself smiling at the way it’s all aimed at anyone who could care, regardless of how deeply they are steeped in the history of comics. It’s cool to be a geek now, so embrace it. This is your new easy reference Bible.


Suggested Articles:
Claudio Bianchi is a reclusive farmer who lives contentedly with his animals on an Italian hillside.
Meet Matt Hunter, the newest detective in town. He’s an ex-minister, now professor of sociology wr
How can you write a story from a “what if?”. . . Thought X sets out to answer this question in
With the way the Caped Crusader has been serviced of late, a certain element of fandom has returned
scroll back to top

Comments  

 
0 #1 Robin Pierce 2013-08-28 15:39
So, you think this is going to give you an edge in our next (inevitable) geek debate/argument?(Sigh)

You need a bigger boat, son.
Quote
 

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Book Reviews

IN CALABRIA 03 December 2016

PURGED 03 December 2016

AN A-Z OF CUMBRIA AND THE LAKE DISTRICT ON FILM 29 November 2016

THOUGHT X: FICTIONS AND HYPOTHETICALS 29 November 2016

BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES 25 November 2016

FINK ANGEL: LEGACY 22 November 2016

THE ART OF MOANA 22 November 2016

RUNEMARKS 21 November 2016

CLASS: THE STONE HOUSE 21 November 2016

CLASS: JOYRIDE 16 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
...