Marvel Comics/Sourcebooks Inc. 2015
This is a great little book for kids. It is a personalized book that allows anyone to have their own SHIELD agent ID card making them feel like they are a part of the organization. It also comes with a decoder wheel, much like the decoder rings we used to see many years ago making the book more interactive as each character's report page has a phrase that can be decoded.
This of course is a limited Avengers roster of heroes and villains but it does have their names, code-names and power skills and levels. On the first page are their stats and abilities the second page is completely interactive as it allows you as an agent to put your own thoughts on what their greatest power, weakness and who their greatest enemy is. It’s also a chance for the reader to speculate how they could beat in a fight.
Now unfortunately the Black Widow is the only woman in the book and that’s a shame I think having the Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, the Wasp or any number of female heroes added would give young girls a better sense of inclusion to the super-hero world.
It’s not just heroes either because villains are included in this Field Guide as well. Loki, MODOK, Thanos and Ultron get the spotlight treatment as well. Though again a villainess like the Enchantress should have also been included. These days just as many girls are fans of the movies, cartoons and comics as boys are.
The last Agent entry is personalized for the recipient and it gives you the chance to rate your skills, intelligence, strength, speed, durability, energy projection and fighting skill. It also gives the reader the chance to write down what superpower they have how they got them and there is a page where your power ranking can be measured with those of everyone already in the book.
This is perfect if you have kids, nieces or nephews or have a friend who would love to have this kind of personalized gift for a birthday or a holiday. It’s not a very big book it’s 19 pages and contains 14 established characters plus the page for the books recipient. It really is a wonderful thoughtful gift for any Marvel/Avengers lover in your life.
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