Obtained: Simon & Schuster Canada
Publish date: November 3, 2015
I was offered to review this book by Simon & Schuster Canada, and that’s when I learned of its existence. But of course, I immediately had to take the opportunity – I mean, it’s a graphic novel memoir by Stan Lee, are you kidding me? That concept in itself is just made of pure awesome.
Typically, memoirs are very hit or miss for me. Sometimes I’m left wondering why this person wanted to write a book about themselves, and other times I get sucked right in, knowing theirs is a story that had to be told. And Amazing Fantastic Incredible is definitely the latter. Lee writes about how he grew up loving books and stories in a less fortunate household and began writing comics even though it was looked down upon. He talks about how crazy it was to have such a huge fanbase, and how some of our favourite superheroes came to be. Definitely interesting to someone who loves comics and superhero movies!
Setting aside the content for a second, I have to just gush for a bit about how freaking gorgeous this book is – alright? It’s a hardcover graphic novel with beautiful, eye-grabbing illustrations throughout. The cover jacket has images that pop right off the page and the fact that is has a bit of a shine to it just adds to that. And when you strip off the jacket, the hardcover underneath is a beautiful blue with minimalist-designed faces of all of your favourite heroes! It’s absolutely stunning as a book just sitting on my shelf. Comics are just as about the looks as its story, and this book totally lives up to the expectations.
The stories Lee told in this book were captivating, and the illustrators who worked on this book are extremely talented. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for any comic book lovers this holiday season, I seriously say you should pick up a copy of Amazing Fantastic Incredible – they’ll love you for it.