Hidden Universe Travel Guides: The Complete Marvel Cosmos: With Notes by the Guardians of the Galaxy
by Marc Sumerak
The ultimate guidebook to Earth, the Nine Realms, and other dimensions from Marvel Comics, as told by Peter Quill, Rocket, Groot, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Ever since Super Heroes like Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy started stomping around planet Earth, we’ve had to open our horizons a little and embrace the wider reaches of space. If you’re thinking of journeying to one of the many new realms for a little R’n’R, then don’t leave home without Hidden Universe’s guide to the cosmos. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the divine splendor of Asgard or soak up the multicultural atmosphere of intergalactic waypoint Knowhere, this is the book for you. It even provides some tips on surviving excursions to Planet Moord and Chitauri Prime, if you like your vacations to be on the extreme side.
• SEE THE COSMOS – Features information on the hot spots, history, and culture of more than forty locations in the Marvel Universe, including Planet X, Halfworld, Weirdworld, and the Planet of the Symbiotes.
• REDISCOVER EARTH – Get the lowdown on some of the Earth’s most exotic and mysterious locations, such as Wakanda, Latveria, the Savage Land, and New Attilan.
• GET INVALUABLE ADVICE – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, aka the Guardians of the Galaxy, have filled this book with their own unique travel tips, from where to get a drink in Alfheim to dealing with Ego the Living Planet.
5 of 5 Stars
While I am a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction, I only really started exploring the various superheroes in the past few years. I’m having a ton of fun catching up on movies and reading a lot of graphic novels. I was a little worried that for someone who isn’t well versed in all the happenings in the Marvel universe, this book would go over my head. Surprisingly I found it to be perfect for someone who is in the process of making their way through the plethora of movies, comic books, and graphic novels. I read my copy as an ebook on my computer and thought it was adorable as well as informative. I’m inspired to go find more about the places listed in the book. In this way, it’s definitely doing its job as a travel guide.
The book reads much like any normal travel guide but also has ‘notes’ added in. These are all from the various members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I absolutely adored the recent movie that featured this unlikely team, my favorite being Groot. I’m such a fan of Groot I may have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to him. At first, I thought this was just a humorous addition to the ongoing information dump. By the end of the book though I realized how much they added to the narrative. I found interesting little bits of trivia and really enjoyed getting to know those characters just a little bit more.
I highly recommend this book to any Marvel fans, especially those still exploring this universe through graphic novels and movies. While the ebook copy is more than sufficient, I’d lean more toward owning a physical copy. I’m adding it to my ‘books to purchase’ list because I think it will come in handy as I continue to read and watch new movies. In summary, this is a great book for both new and old fans alike!
I’d like to thank Insight Editions for providing me with a free galley of this book in exchange for my honest review.