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?
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.