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Nice visual companion. NOT AN ARTBOOK
on 20 August 2014
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.)