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Concrete Jungle (Marvel Super Heroes Accessory MHAC7)

by Jeff Grubb

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What's good about it?
It's got stats for characters not covered in other books (up to the point that it came out). It's well organized (alphabetical by the character's costumed name). The visual presentation works well in most cases. It's got enough information to explain some things I didn't know before, like Hammerhead is an amnesiac who based his personality and outlook on old gangster films; I always wondered why he seemd like such an anachronism.

What's not quite so good?
The writeups are so short on history and personality information that it doesn't really replace checking The Official handbook of the Marvel Universe or back issues before using characters presented here. Also, this is just my opinion, but I didn't like the illustration for Elektra.

What the ....? moments
Villains in the Marvel Super Heroes game are supposed to have negative Popularity. There's a few with positive Popularity. What's even weirder is how low the Popularity is for Power Man and Iron Fist (20 each) compared with Kingpin (31), Kraven (33), Taskmaster (30), Black Widow (30), Daredevil (42), or Spider-Man (40). This is during an era where J. Jonah Jameson is still publishing anti-Spider-man editorials.

This book must have come out during an odd moment in Marvel continuity because there is no mention at all of The Punisher's name being Frank Castle. It mentions his history as a marine and his origin but it says real name unrevealed. ( )
  khyron1144 | Dec 22, 2008 |
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