Superheroes V Supervillains A-Z by Sarah Oliver. Book review

Superheroes v Supervillains A-Z by Sarah Oliver. John Blake Publishing ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

This book is split in two ‘ Superheroes at the front, Supervillains at the back ‘ but at just over 250 pages (ten of them on Spider-Man alone), it’s rather a stretch claiming to be ‘The Ultimate Guide to the Greatest Superheroes/Supervillains of All Time’. The main criterion seems to be whether or not said heroes or villains have appeared in films or TV (first appearance in a comic is way down the list) ‘ but even here Oliver is inconsistent.

There’s Captain America ‘ but no Captain Marvel. Because he never made it to either screen? Well no ‘ the Big Red was in the Justice League Unlimited TV series. Aquaman is credited with ‘various cartoon series’ but no Smallville ‘ although Supergirl gets a Smallville credit. Under ‘G’ we have Green Lantern and Green Hornet (for the 2011 film only ‘ no 1960s TV series) but no Green Arrow (a regular in Smallville).

Neither Ant Man/Giant Man or Wasp are mentioned ‘ despite being in The Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes TV series and both Ultimate Avengers DVDs. Oliver claims that Barbara Gordon’s Oracle has never been in film or TV; so what about the Birds of Prey series’?

Frothy, irrelevant, poorly-researched; from the author of Justin Beiber A-Z and Robert Pattinson A-Z ‘ so draw your own conclusions. There’s nothing here for any real film or comics fan.

Superheroes v Supervillains A-Z by Sarah Oliver. John Blake Publishing ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

This book is split in two ‘ Superheroes at the front, Supervillains at the back ‘ but at just over 250 pages (ten of them on Spider-Man alone), it’s rather a stretch claiming to be ‘The Ultimate Guide to the Greatest Superheroes/Supervillains of All Time’. The main criterion seems to be whether or not said heroes or villains have appeared in films or TV (first appearance in a comic is way down the list) ‘ but even here Oliver is inconsistent.

There’s Captain America ‘ but no Captain Marvel. Because he never made it to either screen? Well no ‘ the Big Red was in the Justice League Unlimited TV series. Aquaman is credited with ‘various cartoon series’ but no Smallville ‘ although Supergirl gets a Smallville credit. Under ‘G’ we have Green Lantern and Green Hornet (for the 2011 film only ‘ no 1960s TV series) but no Green Arrow (a regular in Smallville).

Neither Ant Man/Giant Man or Wasp are mentioned ‘ despite being in The Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes TV series and both Ultimate Avengers DVDs. Oliver claims that Barbara Gordon’s Oracle has never been in film or TV; so what about the Birds of Prey series’?

Frothy, irrelevant, poorly-researched; from the author of Justin Beiber A-Z and Robert Pattinson A-Z ‘ so draw your own conclusions. There’s nothing here for any real film or comics fan.