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This compact guide is a handy reference book for all young comic-book fans, giving readers instant access to the essential facts and statistics about DC characters, good and evil. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, this book devotes a full page to each character, covering both major characters such as Superman and Batman, as well as lesser-known characters such as Capt This compact guide is a handy reference book for all young comic-book fans, giving readers instant access to the essential facts and statistics about DC characters, good and evil. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, this book devotes a full page to each character, covering both major characters such as Superman and Batman, as well as lesser-known characters such as Captain Boomerang and the Question. The main text on each page gives an overview of the characters' history and personality, while the vital stat boxes provide all the essential details about their background, physical features, and powers. With accessible text and carefully chosen DC comic-book art, this is the perfect guide to the DC Universe for readers 7 and up.


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This compact guide is a handy reference book for all young comic-book fans, giving readers instant access to the essential facts and statistics about DC characters, good and evil. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, this book devotes a full page to each character, covering both major characters such as Superman and Batman, as well as lesser-known characters such as Capt This compact guide is a handy reference book for all young comic-book fans, giving readers instant access to the essential facts and statistics about DC characters, good and evil. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, this book devotes a full page to each character, covering both major characters such as Superman and Batman, as well as lesser-known characters such as Captain Boomerang and the Question. The main text on each page gives an overview of the characters' history and personality, while the vital stat boxes provide all the essential details about their background, physical features, and powers. With accessible text and carefully chosen DC comic-book art, this is the perfect guide to the DC Universe for readers 7 and up.

30 review for DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Aimed at a tween / teen audience, Ultimate Character Guide presents alphabetized thumbnail sketch entries for the 21st century versions of DC's famed superheroes and their villainous counterparts. While the biographical information is prosaic (okay, sometimes boring) the illustrations - and I'm guessing most were done especially for this volume - were often exceptional.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kassandra

    3.5* This book was fun to read but the information was quite minimal. Overall it was a fun read :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    An epic book for children and grown-up children, alike.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Richard Pearson

    DC Comics has had a vast publishing history since its humble beginnings in 1938, with the 'übermensch' Superman character being the company's first successful superhero to enjoy worldwide media attention for nearly seventy-five years now. Initially, characters from their respective comics didn't particularly interact with each other; only on title pages, and even then it was rare. That all changed with the concept of the superhero team in the form of the Justice Society of America (the JSA), and DC Comics has had a vast publishing history since its humble beginnings in 1938, with the 'übermensch' Superman character being the company's first successful superhero to enjoy worldwide media attention for nearly seventy-five years now. Initially, characters from their respective comics didn't particularly interact with each other; only on title pages, and even then it was rare. That all changed with the concept of the superhero team in the form of the Justice Society of America (the JSA), and later with the Justice League (the JLA) and various off-shoots such as the Seven Soldiers of Victory, for example. This introduced a shared universe in which characters published by DC Comics (National Periodical Comics at the time) were able to interact, establishing a shared continuity that inevitably formed what is now regarded as the modern-era DC Universe . Additionally, DC has had great success with their use of the multiverse system, with different versions of established characters and subsequent acquired heroes and villains from rival companies (Captain Marvel, Blue Beetle etc.) residing on an infinite number of parallel Earths. This concept has gradually changed over the years in order for the company to reboot their characters and continuity for modern audiences, primarily via the various 'crises' that result in the DC universe being born anew. 'DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide' was first published in 2011 by the Dorling Kindersley Company (DK) and again in 2012 (the edition on which this review is based). Compiled and written by Brandon T. Snider, this hardback reference guide to some of the many characters that inhabit the DC universe, consists of more than two hundred pages that are given to specific heroes and villains; displayed in alphabetical order from Adam Strange to (Professor) Zoom. Each entry features a full-page visual profile of the character in question, with a (very) brief introduction to their origin and background, along with vital statistics, such as height, weight etc., notings on their physical attributes and costume, a small summary of their powers and an additional look at their most noteworthy storylines. With regards to this brief overview, I wouldn't necessarily consider this to be the 'ultimate' character guide to the many diverse characters within the DC Universe/Multiverse. There are many individuals that have taken up the mantle of a superhero's namesake that have not been touched upon to a great extent and, apparently, do not warrant an individual entry (such as Al Pratt, the original Atom, or the Superman of Earth-Two, for instance). Bearing this in mind, I would suggest that this publication is handy for a brief peek into what DC Comics have deemed their most important and popular characters for the general reader. For a more thorough look into the expanse of DC's shared continuity, I would recommend seeking out the 'DC Comics Encyclopoedia', also published by DK, which is a far greater compendium of characters across the DC Multiverse. Having said this, however, I would also say that 'DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide' is a worthwhile addition to any comic/superhero fan's collection, especially within DK's range of company tomes (including Marvel's Avengers and Star Trek, amongst others). Following DC's latest 'New 52' reboot in order to access readership from the more general fan without them having to delve too deep into decades of convoluted history, it can be said that a lot of the characters and material presented within this publication have now been made redundant. This has been done primarily via the re-imagining of certain characters and/or their backgrounds, especially considering that certain individuals don't seem to exist in this new reality (as yet), such as Jade, Obsidian, Liberty Belle and Donna Troy, amongst many others. Also, considering that no crises have occurred either, the Monitors and Anti-Monitor no longer hold any major standing. However, I wouldn't go so far to say that this material has, as yet, become invalid, as the characters and continuity presented here still exist for the readers (general and avid alike) looking back over more than seventy years of publication history. All in all, I would conclude that 'DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide' provides a satisfying exploration of some of the most important characters and storylines in the remit of the post-Infinite Crisis/52 DC universe, though with definite room to expand upon in the wake of the New 52 reboot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Cummins

    So, the good: the art in this book is fun and vibrant, it does indeed feature most of the bigger characters in the DC universe, and the layouts are really well done. The bad? This book is definitely intended for a young audience. I think even most teens would find the descriptions simplistic. I was disappointed by the lack of depth in information - no mention, really, of what series the characters were primarily found in, no real info about who the heros were before their current incarnation (for So, the good: the art in this book is fun and vibrant, it does indeed feature most of the bigger characters in the DC universe, and the layouts are really well done. The bad? This book is definitely intended for a young audience. I think even most teens would find the descriptions simplistic. I was disappointed by the lack of depth in information - no mention, really, of what series the characters were primarily found in, no real info about who the heros were before their current incarnation (for example, the Robin entry only has info on the current Robin, with no details about who the previous boy wonders were). There's also some spoiler-y stuff happening with no warning. Some backstories seemed to gloss over fairly significant parts. Overall, this book would probably be a good gift for a comics lover around the age of 10. For everyone else, I'd definitely recommend The DC Comics Encyclopedia for more in-depth information and more entries.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jolene

    Good for kids or Young Adults just getting into the DC comic universe. A lot of illustrations with side-bars explaining the characters background and whether they are a villian or hero. Good reference guide for beginners.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stella Chen

    A very quick read since most of the bios are extremely short. It is definitely over-priced, however, it is so goddam pretty. I had to give it 5 stars. <3____<3

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pongsak Sarapukdee

    This book contains more than 200 heroes and villains from the DC Universe and every page is filled with figures, fact, and stats.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    This character guide's target audience seems to be kids 8 and up, and - considered as a kids' book - it is fantastic. Not perfect, mind you, but still fantastic. A lot of the main heroes and villains of the [pre-New 52] DC Universe are present, as well as some of the lamer characters of the DCU (like most of the Flash's rogues - these guys are so lame! Other than Zoom (the reverse-Flash), I can't think of even one Flash villain that isn't laughable). In any case, the illustrations are colourful, This character guide's target audience seems to be kids 8 and up, and - considered as a kids' book - it is fantastic. Not perfect, mind you, but still fantastic. A lot of the main heroes and villains of the [pre-New 52] DC Universe are present, as well as some of the lamer characters of the DCU (like most of the Flash's rogues - these guys are so lame! Other than Zoom (the reverse-Flash), I can't think of even one Flash villain that isn't laughable). In any case, the illustrations are colourful, the character information is concise, succinct and to the point. Enough info to satisfy an 8-year old 's curiosity without overloading their inquisitive brains. One downside of books such as these is that once the shared universe is re-launched - or, in DC's case: re-booted - some data is no longer valid or accurate. And that can lead to interesting conversations with the child reader. For example: What's a re-boot? What is continuity? Why hasn't DC Comics been re-named Geoff Johns Comics? (he does write an inordinate amount of them!) Personally, I'm very pleased with this book, as my son really enjoys reading it and is discovering a new world (Comics!).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Why I picked it up: When I saw it on the YALSA challenge list, I hoped it would help me get more of the superhero/comic book references on The Big Bang Theory. Each page is a snapshot look at a character from the DC world. Vital stats are give, as well as a few details on their costume and a tiny highlight about something. The majority of characters are heroes or villains, but there is an occasional layperson included, like Lois Lane. I found it to be disappointing. The pictures are great and in f Why I picked it up: When I saw it on the YALSA challenge list, I hoped it would help me get more of the superhero/comic book references on The Big Bang Theory. Each page is a snapshot look at a character from the DC world. Vital stats are give, as well as a few details on their costume and a tiny highlight about something. The majority of characters are heroes or villains, but there is an occasional layperson included, like Lois Lane. I found it to be disappointing. The pictures are great and in full color. But the information is lacking and what is there isn't very helpful. For me, who was just looking for some basic background info, it didn't really help at all. I don't what series(es) to find any of the characters in. Some character's bios would reference other characters but then that character wouldn't have a listing. And a character may list someone as a foe, but then not be listed as that person's foe. If a character has more than one person (like Green Lantern or Robin) only the current incarnation is included. It's very much a snapshot of the current moment in the DC Universe. Good if you just want to look at the shiny pictures, but not great for information. Jessica's Scavenger Hunt: Alien

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darren Vincent

    This book was fun at best. I realize that trying to capture a little bit about each of the major players in the DC Universe is a hard thing to do, but I can't help but think that had this been a Marvel book, that it would have been done a lot better. First off, the size is tiny, which should clue you in to just how much information could be contained within. Then, not even a Batman or Superman warranted more than a single page, which is the same number of pages it gives everyone else, no matter h This book was fun at best. I realize that trying to capture a little bit about each of the major players in the DC Universe is a hard thing to do, but I can't help but think that had this been a Marvel book, that it would have been done a lot better. First off, the size is tiny, which should clue you in to just how much information could be contained within. Then, not even a Batman or Superman warranted more than a single page, which is the same number of pages it gives everyone else, no matter how big or small a character they are. But in re-reading the title, I should take it at face value. It is a character guide and not an encyclopedia. Therefore, it should not surprise that all you get is stats (height, weight, allies, foes, etc...) as opposed to major character arcs and important story lines. I was disappointed but entertained slightly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bb2nz1

    3.5 stars The guide is alphabetical and while there is very minimal information given on each hero/villain, it was still very enjoyable. If you're interested in modern roles for the characters, this will put the reincarnations in order for you. Learned quite a lot about many of the characters I have heard about, and learned about heroes and villains I had never encountered before. The art is superb, as some of the information comes from modern comic books while some of the information comes strai 3.5 stars The guide is alphabetical and while there is very minimal information given on each hero/villain, it was still very enjoyable. If you're interested in modern roles for the characters, this will put the reincarnations in order for you. Learned quite a lot about many of the characters I have heard about, and learned about heroes and villains I had never encountered before. The art is superb, as some of the information comes from modern comic books while some of the information comes straight out of older issues of Batman, Superman, and the like.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Cravan

    2.5/5, rounding up because it really isn't a terrible package & 2 stars looks unfair. Basically, a nice enough book to have, maybe aimed at a younger audience. Not that much information on anyone. Just for example, the entry for Robin is Damian Wayne, & makes no mention of previous Robins. That's not to say under entries for Nightwing, Red Robin, etc. that they don't mention that these cats were previously Boy Wonders, but you know, some stuff I would have liked to take for granted.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mars

    I have loved having this book! It is just a great A to Z index of all your favorite DC characters, and chances are some that you are not familiar with! Each hero or villain gets their own page (short and sweet!) with a little biography, some stats, relationships/affiliations, illustrations, and more. This book is a lot of fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Reeny

    This book is about the characters of the DC Comics world. It can be read cover to cover or used as a reference book. The book is written for children or middle grade readers so the language is very simple. Each character has a page with a short biography, some info about their costume, powers, and a short anecdote. It's a good read for those who are just entering the DC Comics world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Berg

    Each page shows a different DC Comics character. The whole book is very well formatted and they give you information about the hero (like their real name) and a fun fact about them :) The pages are clean and glossy. I bought this on Amazon and it was well worth the buy. If you need to find a nice character guide, this is the one to get.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan Park

    This is certainly not a book to sit down and read cover to cover, but it is an interesting collection of the DC Universe's characters that you can visit a few pages at a time. My son and I enjoyed reading this together since he is a five year old fascinated by the comic book world. Every page held some new exciting hero or crazy villain for him to marvel at, and that made me smile:)

  18. 4 out of 5

    James Bowman

    An adequate if lightweight guide to the characters of the pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. Not as strong as DK's Marvel counterpart for this book (Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide), but it does the job. There were a few very minor errors, but nothing major.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Dean

    A nice, quick reference source, especially for someone who hasn't read comics in years and needs a refresher to keep up with his 13-year old son. The easy bios and tie-ins to the past and present were very helpful. Colorful in the comic tradition.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    good beginners guide to most of the major DC characters. it gives an overview of who the person is and how they came to have the powers and abilities that they do. gives a run down of their stats, what their gear does. i loved this book. good for a quick look up

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keannu

    I think this is very good book and I think that even if it doesn't have all the dc comics or dc universe characters, it already has a good amount of superheroes and information about them. I highly recommend this book to kids and young adults.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex Brown

    Probably one of the best books about comics ive ever read. (besides actual comics) I would say it has atleast 75% of all DC characters, it portrayes them all nicely with lots of good art and facts about their lives and powers. Doesnt take very long to read though.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Central Highlands Libraries

    enlightening, detailed, informative

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Is A to Z has most of the charaters and each get their own page that are nicely done.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mr Shahabi

    pretty basic refrence, but good never the less

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    Nice, encyclopedic guide to the characters of DC Comics.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    Pretty cool

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kimmy Nightingale

    Good books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jean-Marie

    My 4 year old loved reading the bios of all of his favorite superheroes. He wants to be The Atom for Halloween. :-)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chambers Stevens

    If you want to learn more about DC Comics this is a good place to start.

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