The Art of X2

Author: Timothy Shaner
Titan Books
RRP 15.99 (Paperback),
£29.99 (Hardback)
ISBN 1 84023 748 1 (Softback)
ISBN 1 84023 749 X Hardback)
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The Official companion to
X-2 takes an exclusive look into the preparation and production of the movie. Illustrated with 300 full-colour images, the book showcases movie stills; concept drawings; set designs and photos; costume sketches; make-up tests stills; storyboards for several sequences; and sections on 11 of the characters...

Now, this is more like it. Titan have pulled out all the stops (and added a few more) to publish one of the best movie tie-in publications I have ever seen. Not only is it crammed full of great photography and artwork, but the whole publication oozes class. We are not just talking quality glossy pages, we are talking top of the range, highest grade paper stock.

The Art of X2 is a must buy for X-Men fans. If you are a really big fan, then I strongly advise pushing the boat out and buying the deluxe version - it sure will look great stuck on your coffee table. Besides, a book like this needs to be shown off in it's hardback version (not that that detracts from the fantastic job done on the softcover version).

And thankfully, to entice you to spend the extra money, Titan also provide a lot more in the hardback version. There are a staggering 96 additional pages that include the complete shooting script, a double gatefold featuring Nightcrawler and a 16-page section on the first X-Men movie.

One slight moan was that while this is a UK book Titan didn't bother to go through and change the American spellings. Even the back cover, which had to be redesigned to add the UK pricing details, still has the American spelling of "color". And it is also a shame this book wasn't available at the same time as the movie was released. The fact that this was launched almost a month after the movie's official UK release is sure to dent the sales figures.

An almost perfect release that fans will treasure as a wonderful memento of a fantastic film.

Pete Boomer

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