The DC Comics Encyclopedia

Author: Scott Beatty, Robert Greenberger, Phil Jimenez and Dan Wallace

Published By:
DK Publishing

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Iím a huge comic book fan.  Iíve been reading comic books since I was a very little girl and my favorite comic book characters over the years have come from DC and Marvel.  I also love history and enjoy reading about older characters in the DC and Marvel worlds.  So, when I discovered that both DC and Marvel had published encyclopedias featuring information about hundreds of their characters, I couldnít wait to get my hands on them.  But DC Comics being my ultimate favorite, I decided to read The DC Comics Encyclopedia first.

            The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004 Edition) is chock full of information about superheroes, super villains and a whole lot of people in between.  Anyone who has played a significant role in a DC Universe storyline can be found in this 340-plus page book.  Readers are treated to information such as vital statistics, affiliations, first and last appearances, a picture of the character and a brief summary of their DC Universe lives.  Of course, the bigger the character (i.e. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Joker, etc.), the larger the summary.

            But this book doesnít just discus characters in the DC Universe.  It also summarizes some of the great conflicts, romantic moments, team-ups, home bases, alien races, vehicles and weapons that have stood out over the years. 

            The artwork in the book leaves a little to be desired, but the cover art is amazing.  Story summaries are fairly informative despite the amount of space offered each character.  Of course, this book was published in 2004 and is a tad behind in the DC Universe storyline department.  And that is why a new and updated version was created in 2008.

            Any DC Comics fan would be delighted to receive The DC Comics Encyclopedia as a  gift despite the larger retail price of $40.00.  After all, when you think about it, with all the characters described and information supplied about the DC Universe, $40.00US is actually quite a bargain.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading my edition which helped me catch up on a lot of characters I lost track on from my early youth and help me understand some of the new characters recently introduced.  This book is a must have for any DC Comics fanatic.



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