Book Review – Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Complete Marvel Cosmos

Book Review - Hidden Universes: The Complete Marvel Cosmos - Marc Sumerak

Book Review - Hidden Universes: The Complete Marvel Cosmos - 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.

My Thoughts

I had no idea what to expect from this book. In fact, I don’t know what possessed me to request for it (the cover), given that my interest in the Marvel Universe had been limited to whatever made it to the big screens in recent years.

So, how useful was a travel guide of the marvel universe to a novice: Very.

I mean, If I ever decide to go backpacking across the universe, I now know to avoid bragging about how awesome Nigeria is (sarcasm) on the Shi’ar Empire.

And who knew there were so many extra-exotic places on earth as well.

I loved/enjoyed the travel guide’s humour, not to mention the mostly hilarious comments by the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, whom the narrator apparently has something against. I only know the GoG from the movie, so I read the notes in the actors/character’s voices and it felt pretty accurate. Starlord’s goofiness, Gamora’s dry humour, Darx’s literality, Rocket’s snark and a thousand ways to say “I AM GROOT”.

This book also serves as a source of interesting tidbits/back stories on a lot of Marvel characters, from Thor to the Fantastic Four, the Xmen ( Who I didn’t know have been exiled from earth and were now literally stuck ‘In Limbo’, I guess that’s in the comics and where is Professor X? Is he dead? Wait! I don’t want to know) & the Black Panther.

Also noteworthy: The quality of the graphics. I read this copy on my phone and it was a visual feast. The details were breathtaking and I would totally go for a physical copy if I could get my hands on one.

Overall Reaction

Verdict interesting

I went from being a little anxious about reading something completely alien to me to staying up all night to finish this book. It was that good.

It is also very in touch with ongoing events in the Marvel world as well, including details from Thor 3 ( I think).

I think this is a great way to get advance publicity for the upcoming GoG movie as well. This book made me want to go pick up several marvel comics, so I can learn note about the characters featured in this.

I recommend this to the geek and the novice alike, anyone really with a passing interest in science fiction.

P.s. I was provided with a copy of this book by Insight Editions and Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are mine.

Title: Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Complete Marvel Cosmos (With Notes by the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Author: Marc Sumerak

Published by: Insight Editions

Date of Publication: 20 Sep 2016

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pages: 160

Source: Netgalley

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