DC Super Heroes unite! Matthew Reinhart strikes again

July 31, 2010 at 7:41 pm Leave a comment

DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book by Matthew Reinhart; published by Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2010.

NOTE: This review is based on an ARC (advance reading copy) provided for free by the publisher.  The cover art, below, and the publication information is subject to change.  Expected release: October 2010.

In the hands of paper engineering marvel Matthew Reinhart, the “super” in these superheroes is revealed in glorious 3-D splendor.  I received a blad (book layout and design) from the publisher, so I only have a single pop-up page to judge.  Well, that’s not quite accurate.  That single page includes 4 mini pages (2 on each side) with such imaginative detail I was floored.  When I first opened the blad, Batman was flying out of Gotham City with determination.  Then I peeked at the mechanical pages on the left and saw a replica of the Batcave and the Batmobile.  To the right, I found Robin and Batgirl in battle poses.  But what blew me away was Joker’s face–he was laughing at me as I opened his demonic page.  Literally laughing, mouth opening and closing with evil glee.  A little terrifying.  A lot impressive.  Priceless.

Oh, I read the story too.  Typical DC Super Hero story and back story.  Seriously, you can get that in a comic book.  You’re going to want this for Reinhart’s art.  And here is where I have a problem with the publisher’s promotion of this book.  The back cover states “For ages 3 and up.”  No way.  Nope.  Just because it’s a pop-up book does not mean it’s for preschoolers.  The storyline alone is for like third grade and up.  It’s more like middle school and up who will get the most from this piece.  So, I definitely would shelve this one with the graphic novels, either for middle schoolers or in young adult.  More likely, I would add it to “must-read” lists for comic book readers, Super Hero fanatics, and anyone who appreciates the intricacies of paper engineering.

Final details about the project can be found at the publisher’s website: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/kids_books_9780316019989.htm.  According to their site:

Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet!

Starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and many more favorite DC characters, this momentous pop-up exploration releases just in time for DC Comics’ 75th anniversary. With vibrant illustrations, exciting facts, and an eye-catching design, this is an absolute must-have for DC Super Hero fans of all ages!’

Whoa!  I can’t wait to see the twirling Lasso of Truth!  Wonder Woman is the bomb!  Wish they’d included that page in the blad….  I guess that’s the point: Leave ’em wanting more!  I’ll be checking this one out!

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