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on 8 December 2012
The book comes in its own presentation sleeve and it is stunning. It has a number of fully illustrated chapters:

~ Introduction
~ Prologue
~ Marvel Cinematic Timeline
~ Act 1 - Incident in the Desert
~ Act 2 - Avengers Assemble
~ Act 3 - Common Thread
~ Some Assembly Required
~ Contributor Biographies
~ Acknowledgements
~ Artistic Credits

The artistic work is amazing, everything from the characters' clothing, to the weapons and machinery. Included are the designs for Stark Tower, Ironman's suits, the design variations for such as Loki's "glow stick of destiny" and Hawkeye's arrow tips. There are 21 arrow tip designs on one page alone, each is numbered but, unfortunately, there is no key given as to what each one might do.

It is, however, the astonishing concept art work. For example, pages 148/9 has a full colour artist work by Andy Parks of the Ironman-Thor Battle which is stunning.

This brings me to the one issue that I have with this marvellous book. There are many pieces of striking pieces of artwork which are spread over two pages and quite a lot of the image disappears into the spine of the book - this is the case with the Ironman-Thor Battle the head of Thor disappears.

The varying designs of the Chitauri are also interesting. The passed so quickly in the film that I didn't realise that there were so many different types.

Sadly there information on Hawkeye and the Black Widow is limited.

There are some beautiful pieces of artwork which show the alien ships waiting in space in which the extent of the alien fleet is shown, however, my eye was drawn to the planets behind as the detail is amazing.

As a Marvel fan I am so happy that I have been able to get a copy of this fantastic book.
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