Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch ハードカバー – 2019/7/23
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Over the course of its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering—the world’s first and most popular trading card game—has redefined the fantasy genre through its exploration of diverse, fantastic worlds. And traversing those worlds are Planeswalkers, heroes who have sworn to defend the Multiverse from harm. Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch is a visual history and celebration of Magic’s first team of Planeswalkers—Jace Beleren, Ajani Goldmane, Gideon Jura, Kaya, Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Liliana Vess, and Teferi. The Gatewatch’s character histories, from their origins through their final confrontation with Nicol Bolas, are presented here via the very best card, packaging, and convention-exclusive artwork, all of it reproduced together here for the first time, some seen for the first time outside of the card frame. Rise of the Gatewatch is a giftable visual reference guide sure to appeal to new and longtime Magic fans alike.
"Wizards of the Coast and Abrams ComicArts have teamed up to show off one of the incredible (but often underappreciated) aspects of the game: the art." -- -SYFY Online商品の説明をすべて表示する
The art is beautiful and the overall book looks very nice. The foreword also gives us a little view into the creative origins of planeswalkers. If you collect the series of MtG art books, you will see a lot of the same art but also some new pieces too.
I was a little surprised by how physically small the book was! It's slightly bigger than something I would call a "pocket guide", but much smaller than the aforementioned MtG art books. This isn't a big issue, just a surprise for me when I opened the package. The dimensions of the book are listed in the description, so it's on me for not looking at that before purchase. I included pics of the book next to a Planeswalker deck box and next to a booster pack of cards for visual reference.
That all said, I'm very happy with this guide and hope that we see more of this kind of stuff released from Wizards of the Coast in the future!
However, I do have two complaints. The first is that while the original 5 Planeswalkers have long, fleshed-out chapters, the three newer members have maybe 5 pages each and none of the supplemental text.
My second complaint is that, while a decent guide book, “The Rise of the Gatewatch” is a poor art book. The book itself is small, and much of the art is tiled so two or three images can be set on a page. I would have happily paid more to get a larger book that could showcase the sketches and paintings more effectively.
I recommend this book to other lore lovers, or those who are curious about how Planeswalker cards were first created and designed, but for art lovers, I suggest looking into the many Plane-specific books on the market instead
I wish it were more coffee table book sized, though. This is digest sized.