Comics : Amazing Spider-Man: Coloring & Activity Book - Birth of a New Hero (Bendon)

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This review was first published on: Aug 2013.

Background...

This 448-page monster colouring/activity book has by far the highest page-count by far of all the Bendon tie-in books that came out with the 2012 "Amazing Spider-Man" movie.

This isn't the first slab-sized colouring/activity book from Bendon, they produced a 448-page monster the previous year as well, the Spider-Man "Spider-Sense" 448 Coloring & Activity Pages (Bendon).

In Detail...

Amazing Spider-Man: Coloring & Activity Book - Birth of a New Hero (Bendon)
Year 2012 : SM Title
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Summary: 448pp
Publisher:  Bendon Publishing International, Inc.
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There's not much to say about the actual content of this book, because it's identical to the content from ALL the other 2012 Movie tie-in books from Bendon. Literally identical. Bendon just shamelessly recycles the same pool of content in various different formats, with slightly different covers.

Because this book has so many pages, they recycle content throughout this single book as well. That's not so bad when it's just repeating a generic Spider-Man colouring page. But when you've already done one "How many words can you make out of the letters in DOCTOR CURT CONNORS"... I'm not sure how entertaining it is to do that all over again.

Also included in this book is:

  • A pull-out poster (10.5" x 16"). It's not bad.
  • Thirty stickers. They are small, confused, and ugly.

In General...

Low on quantity and variety. High on page count.

I know the proverb says "You can't have too much of a good thing." But this product sure tries its best to prove you can quite possibly reach saturation of mediocrity.

Overall Rating...

All these Bendon movie tie-in colouring books just reek of cynicism.

I guess it's the way of the modern world... if the meal is bad, just double the helping sizes. If the TV show is terrible, just watch it on a bigger TV. If the content is dreary and uninspired, just produce a monster-sized 448 page edition. If anybody complains, just whack 'em on the head and tell 'em not to be ungrateful.

I can't help it. I'm ungrateful. Two webs.