Review by Dean Allen
XMEN'S rich visual universe is gloriously detailed in this companion
book to the sequel that is breaking box-office records across
the world. Filled with production sketches and behind-the-scenes
photos, it's a rich extension for fans of the film.
Those familiar with 'art of' film books will instantly know what
to expect. Detailed production drawings of sets and characters,
and some for scenes that didn't make it into the final film. The
oft-rumoured 'Danger Room' sequence, that has now been cut out
of both films, is seen here in original designs and storyboards.
The most impressive aspect are the complete storyboards for some
of the crucial action scenes.
Showing how director Bryan Singer and his artists develop the
scenes, for those interested in filmmaking they are a fascinating
Those looking for a detailed account of the making of the film
will be disappointed, however, as the book focuses entirely on
The only text here is a short interview with Bryan Singer and
Available in two versions, the hardback (although more expensive)
edition is almost twice the size of the soft back version and
includes the entire screenplay, a 16-page special effects art
from the first X-Men movie and more art and photos.
For almost twice the price, the choice is up to you, but whatever
version, The Art of X2 is a fascinating look into the work that
goes into the making of a major summer blockbuster before a single
frame has been shot.
Edited by Timothy Shaner, Titan
£15.99 (soft back) £29.99 (hardback)