Spider-Man: The Art of the Game is a spectacular art book. I'm always impressed by the publisher Titan Books, and the quality of the book is great. The book is broken up into three parts: City of Hope, City of Fear, and City of War. Each part introduces story and elements of the game in respective order, and in synchronization in how everything unfolds within the video-game. It probably goes without saying, but this book does contain spoilers.
The author Paul Davies has done a superb job writing the book. I don't know how much involvement the author had in setting up the art format on the pages, but everything is easy to read. Almost every page has some information about what you're looking at, with insight from the developers of Insomniac Games; giving us perspective into their creative and design process.
Every major character gets attention in the book, as well as some gadgets, equipment, and locations. There are quite a lot of collectible costumes that can be acquired in the video-game for Spider-Man, but only a few of the known revealed ones are shown unfortunately. I would've liked to have seen more costume designs, but it's a very minor gripe with me.
The art book is slightly bigger than the "The Art of..." book by Marvel, but it's the exact same size as the movie books from Titan Books that covered both "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League", or the recent Star Wars books published by Abrams Books. I mention this because I like continuity of size in my books, and I like to see a publisher following a standard format.
Overall this is an excellent book, and I think it compliments the amazing video-game superbly. I'm a huge fan of these art books, and I deeply appreciate the inside look into the creative process that happens behind-the-scenes. This book gets two thumbs-up from me, and I definitely recommend it if you enjoyed the video-game as well.
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Titan Publishing Group (7 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785657968
- ISBN-13: 978-1785657962
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 2.3 x 31 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)