We've got an older copy of the DC Comics Encyclopedia
at my house. It has been an indispensable tool as I've schooled the now teenaged Geeks-in-Training. From The Brave and the Bold
to the Arrow
-verse to the DCEU, our Encyclopedia has been well thumbed and referenced over the years.
The one thing that was missing was an update that captured and cataloged the myriad of changes that have shaped the DC Comics Universe over the past few years. That update has arrived in the form of a newly updated DC Comics Encyclopedia
and is this thing a beauty.
More that 300 pages of full-color character entries give the reader, hardcore or casual, a change to update and upgrade their knowledge and love of these classic characters. From A.R.G.U.S. to Maxie Zeus everyone is there.
Many characters get an "On the Record" inset that explains where the character's current iteration stands in relation to its more classic take.
Another nice feature is the "Roll Call" section in the back of the book. It gives some lesser known characters, such as Crimson Fox, a brief blurb so the fans don't forget about them.
And let's talk about that dust jacket for a minute. Heroes on top. Villains on bottom. The battle raging between them? That's a fun design that gives the book some really nice visual flair.
I'm very impressed with this version of the Encyclopedia. Straightening out the New 52
while still showcasing the characters and artists who work on them was no easy feat. Authors Matthew K. Manning, Alex Irvine and Carol Pagulayan have done some righteous work in making it all flow seamlessly.
All told, the All-New DC Comics Encyclopedia
is a welcome update to a trusted resource. It will make an excellent holiday gift for the Geek in your life. The DC Comics Encyclopedia
is available now, so grab one wherever you buy your books .