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This book was titled 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified' on Amazon USA which is the correct title.

The title on Amazon UK is 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of the Series' as of 20 Aug 2014. That's very misleading because this book is nowhere near being an artbook.

I rated the book 5 stars on Amazon US and only 3 stars here simply because of the misleading title. I'll update the rating when they eventually get the title updated.

If you're looking for a visual companion to the TV series, this is a great book. While there are some art and graphics, the main visual element in the book is photography.

The book comes with a thick slipcase that reminded of The Art of Captain America: The First Avenger because of the circular design on the cover.

The 240-page hardcover is designed sort of a like a dossier. It starts off with an introduction that looks back at the comics that the series was inspired by. You get to read about Phil Coulson and the the character profiles for the other agents. Because Phil Coulson's character started off from the movies, there's quite a bit to read on his part in the movies as well.

The main bulk of the book looks at the production of each episode in the series. The detailed writeup talks about how filming was done, the sets and the story. It's accompanied by lots of behind the scenes photography, graphics for the set and props, and nice little profile of the crew members and their responsibilities. It's an insightful read that should delight viewers who like the little details, easter eggs, especially when Marvel is trying to link everything together in the Marvel Universe.

The chapter next collects the tech and costumes that were featured in the shows. You get to see airborne command centre, Lola, other weapons and equipment. They included only a brief description of how each item works and no other commentary which is puzzling because the previous chapters are so detailed. The costumes are pretty standard suits that agents like to wear, and nothing too special. The more interesting part for the costumes section is the Deathlok body armor.

The final chapter of just two pages covers the music score used.

This is a good informative companion for those who like the TV series and would want to learn more about the actual filming and interesting stories during production.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 26 July 2014
i am very impressed with what i received ! this book gives great insight on how episodes and characters are created on AOS i was especially happy with the book a great piece to add to my collection i am always looking to find out how my favorite shows are created and was very happy with what i received it also includes background on cast and characters and sketches of the set and what they imagined them looking like and other things like looking at tech we have seen in the show such as the night-night gun ect, looking at episodes in great detail and pictures of characters and scene's that are iconic to each episode, i have not covered everything this book brings as there is so much to it but is worth it.

BUT this definitely is NOT an art book its mostly insight in to season 1 and small hints at the end on what season 2 brings, but am very impressed with the quality of the book and well worth it if you are an AOS fan.
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on 31 July 2014
So I have all the marvel art books and live them all, even pre order gotg, but there are only a handful of concept art, it's really more of a guide to the episodes. I am DISAPPOINTED as it's being sold s an art book, really wanted that instead
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on 31 August 2014
Amazing and detailed, if you're a fan of the television series, I can't recommend this book enough. Yes, it's a little pricey but it's worth any penny - the glossy pictures, the inside information and the little extras that make rewatching the series all the more fascinating and fun make it so.

Brilliant book - excellent episode guide but so much more than that, too.
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on 14 September 2014
This series started out pretty crummy (and I was pretty sure I wouldn't be seeing more than a few episodes), but turned out to be fantastic. This "Art of" book is perfect for the Marvel enthusiast or just anyone who appreciated the series. Easily worth every penny!
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on 11 December 2014
Such a cool book! Great design love the presentation of the book, so much insight into the design of the show a must have for fans!
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on 27 July 2014
brilliant lots of colour pictures and articles. So pleased ordered book. Great book if a fan of the series. Love it.
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on 8 January 2015
great addition for fans of the television series = excellent colour photos and plenty of information to read about
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on 24 July 2014
IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT AN 'ART OF' BOOK!!!!

So dissapointed, thanks for the false title. The book is actually called Season One Declassified. It is a behind the scenes book with almost not concept art inside. Some of the pre-visualization is done using simple 3D models, not art.
If you are expecting an 'art of' book like Marvel Studios does with its movies, you will not find it here.
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on 16 April 2015
Fast delivery great book for a fan
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