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on 27 February 1999
Although this is kinda like a coffee table book for the Avengers series and its sequel series, The New Avengers, its not a reference book as thats what I thought it might be. It is what the title says, a companion. There are interviews with the stars, Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson and series producer/writer Brian Clemens. Although I was disapointed that these interviews were from 1990 interviews. Not fresh words when this book was printed in 1997. There is not too much behind-the-scenes information here. When there is, its not too much of it. It has retrospective/nostalgic editorials from Grant Morrison, Dave Rogers, David Fakrikian, Christophe Casa-Zza and Francois Riviere. Then there is a brief look at Avengers fashion, vehicles, actor bios, illustrated episode guides, with a specific look detailed summaries for 10 episodes. Plus another three which belong to the Cybernaut stories. I'd rate this book a 3/5, but the huge plus that changes this are the pictures. Their a delight to see, hence the 4/5 rating. Like any other of these types of companion books this is no different. An Avengers Companion this is indeed. Tea, anyone?
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on 21 September 2002
This Companion was imported from France. While the book is considerably better than the film it is not the best on the market.
At any rate, Companion has a fatal flaw: the shaky text is not quite worth the paper on which it was printed. This may be a result of having been translated from French into English--after some of the source material had first been translated from English to French (perhaps an example of what happens when one makes a copy of a copy of a copy...). The text amounts to brief editorials on "what The Avengers means to me," interviews with the usual suspects, and yet another episode guide--this one peppered with errors inherited from Dave Rogers' script-based synopses. However, an outstanding collection of monochrome and color photos provides enough compensation to make the book worthwhile.
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on 12 April 2016
A must have for Avengers fans. So much information on all aspects of the series, from the bit part actors to the cars used. Great stuff.
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on 28 April 2016
Arrived safely. Not read it yet!!
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