Beautiful and excellent work, guys! I know a labor of love when I see and read one. It's absolutely a product made by fans for fans. I can't wait for the rest of the volumes. I have all the previous handbooks plus the essentials. I am just as thrilled that Marvel Saga is released as an Essential.
is there any chance that the handbook guys could write an updated version of Marvel Saga?
Also, I am glad Barbarus got an entry, will there be chance that other stand out representatives of hidden races get their own entries. For example:
1) Red Raven's daughter?(forgot her name)
2) Prince Gor-Tok the Grotesk?
3) Contestants of the Galactic Marathon or the event itself?
4) you get the drift...hhehehe
5) oh the replacement Silver Surfers during George Perez' run
I know some of these characters are available in the excellent Appendix site but it would be fantastic if they are made "canonical" i.e. part of the official entries of the handbooks
That's one of my main dislikes--complaints--about this new volume. Barbarus is a very cool character and deserved somehting better than the 4th-rate illustration he got--the same with Avalanche (and about 15 others)--his establishing illustration is terrible.
John Buscema must be rolling in his grave.
As I said below, one of the editors should have rejected those illustrations as acceptable. In the classic 80s handbook, we never, ever saw such lousy artwork.