For many comic book fans, excitement is gathering around the next release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be in cinemas from 31 July. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close in her first ever superhero movie and the voices of Vin Diesel as a sapling alien tree that can only speak three words – ‘I am Groot’ – and Bradley Cooper as the pyrotechnic loving Rocket Raccoon, it’s sure to be different and has already been touted as the true heir to Star Wars’ crown as the ultimate space opera – but with plenty of humour as well.
Ever since the Golden Age of Comics in the 1940s, when the ever-youthful Stan Lee first brought superheroes like Captain America, The Destroyer and Jack Frost to the pages of Marvel Comics, superheroes have been popular with all ages. At the Book People, we’re huge fans too and have books featuring all your favourite Marvel and DC characters – from the Avengers like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk to the world-renowned Superman and Batman. From the screenplays of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) to sticker and activity books, there really is something for every age.
Our eight-book Marvel Sticker Book Collection contains over 490 stickers to stick throughout the pages, with four of the books focusing on Thor, Hawkeye and friends, while four of them cover your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Fans of Superman and Batman need not worry either, the eight-book DC Comics Sticker Collection has lots of familiar faces and foes from Metropolis and Gotham City. We also have a two-book set dedicated solely to the Man of Steel, a character so memorably brought to life by Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill in big-screen outings.
Superheroes are the ideal characters to present awesome activities and keep your children happily busy and occupied over the summer holidays. The Marvel Activity Collection has scenes to colour in and plenty of stickers starring Spider-Man and various Avengers, while the Superfriends Bumper Action Activities book is aimed at a slightly younger audience who still love Batman, Superman, the Flash and the Green Lantern. Child-friendly illustrations accompany the fun mazes, puzzles, colouring-in activities and more, while the bold text is also appealing.
For those who want a more in-depth look at their heroes, Batman: The World of the Dark Knight is an informative hardback which follows the origins of Bruce Wayne as he developed his vigilante alter-ego. It even covers his enemies including the Joker, Two-Face and Bane. From the first time Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider to his development into Spider-Man and the friends, loves and foes he has met along the way, Spider-Man: Inside the World of your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero tells you everything you need to know about New York City’s most famous red-and-blue costumed superhero!