100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know – Book Review
Did you know that Joss Whedon’s original drafts of The Avengers has The Wasp as a central character? How about that Hawkeye has over 100 trick arrows including acid, tear gas and Pym Particle? Did you know that you could go to the University of Baltimore and take a class in Marvel Studies?
These are just a few of the amazing list of facts in Dan Casey’s book 100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die*. I pretty lengthy title I know but the book does NOT disappoint!
As a fan of Marvel and the Avengers, I do find myself completely oblivious to a lot of things surrounding the universe. With Marvels constant change in lineups and the various rebooting, it can be very hard at times to catch up. I can imagine any new comic book reader going into the store and picking this book up and getting information just about everything one needs to know to get started reading about the Marvel Universe. If anything, great suggestions on where to start too.
The first few sections cover the Avengers as a whole and their creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Giving us brief info all all three and letting us know the men behind the team. We then move into a section that covers all of the Avengers team members (including the original two Ant-Man and The Wasp) as well as the new characters from Age of Ultron, villains from the franchise so far like Loki and Thanos.
After the initial section of ‘get to know us’ if you will, the book tends to get a bit sporadic on its topics however there are 6 pages dedicated to Civil War if anyone is wanting to get the gist of the next biggest event in Marvel Cinematic history without having to go back and read all of the comics on it.
In the book Dan gives us info on varying topics like Nick Fury, the West Coast Avengers and even talks about Hank Pym’s schizophrenia and how he created Ultron. The book also covers things like all of Stan Lee’s appearances in the Marvel film franchise and gives you advice on how to preserve your comic book collection.
The one thing I didn’t like was that it took us 49 facts before we got to one ‘thing we should do’ and you don’t see another one until you get to #78. However, I will say that my favorite things to do involved my two favorite things: cocktails and food! If you want to learn how to make Avengers themed cocktails check out #94 and right after that #95 where there is a recipe on Chicken Shawarma.
While this book is amazing and has so much information for people like me who didn’t know a vast majority of info in it, my favorite part would have to be a little blurb at the end of one section talking about how cosplay does not equal consent. I know, it’s not even Avengers related! I just like that he took the time to make this point. To make sure that whoever read this book sees that and will have that in their memory the next time they go to a convention and see someone in cosplay. Well done Dan, well done!
In conclusion, I think that everyone should have this book. Even if you’re a veteran of comics, you might know someone who knows very little and WANT’S to learn. This is a very good gateway book and a way to introduce someone to comics in a nice informative way.
Overall, I rate this book a 4/5. Like I said, its a GREAT book..and I did learn a lot of things I didn’t know. But majority of the suggested “things you should do” parts were things I personally couldn’t relate to and there were very few of those suggestions in the book. I would have liked to see a bit more fun ones.
If you want to pick up your own copy, I know Barnes and Noble is selling it but you can also get it on Amazon.
*He makes a point to say this book is totally unofficial.