Review by: Stephanie Shamblin Gray
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
An art book for Devil May Cry makes nothing but good sense. This is an extremely stylish game that had people playing it for the imagery as much as the exciting gameplay. But what really makes great sense is taking the time to really showcase all of the effort put into creating, drawing, and bringing the DMC hero, Dante, to life. Dante is arguably the most meticulously crafted male character in video games. Most of the time the developers are satisfied to just stick a helmet on some dude and call it a day. At best they modify something resembling a “Ken Doll” and add some bulky muscles. But not Dante. He’s sort of the Brad Pitt of video games with some serious added swagger. So having a book that walks us through the process of creating this memorable character is really long overdue.
You’ll notice the title contains the numbers 3142. That is because the art book is arranged in chronological order. Dante was youngest in DMC3 and oldest in DMC2. This works out well for telling the DMC story, but is a little less clear in the descriptions of creating the characters and the game. DMC 5 is not included which is just as well for those of us who don’t really consider it part of the franchise.
The book is not just about Dante, but everything in the DMC universe that makes it so stylish and cool. The supporting characters, the monsters, the weapons, and the backgrounds all get a good share of the pages. There are even some interviews with the creators to really provide an in-depth look at this creation.
If you are only looking for single page art that you could cut out and stick on a wall, you won’t find much of that in this book. If you are looking for a variety of images on each page from screen capture, sketches, concept art, and developer comments, you’ll love this book. This is a great addition to DMC or video game art collections. It is, however, a pricey book at $44.99, so I would recommend trying to find a copy you could flip through or checking out preview pages online before purchasing.
Now available. 224 pages.
Synopsis: The ultimate “Devil May Cry” art book to add to your collection! Inside you’ll find character models, weapon designs, creatures, locations, rough concepts, and exclusive tribute illustrations. Also included are over 25 pages of exclusive interviews with the developers and artists behind the long-running series, as they discuss character origins, difficulties, their favorite series moments, and much more. The book also features detailed creator commentary and rough sketch notes throughout every chapter, where you’ll get the real scoop on the creation of Vergil, Nero, Trish, all your favorite enemies, and the legendary devil hunter himself – Dante.
Whether you’ve been a fan of the Devil May Cry series since its launch on the PlayStation 2 or just joined the fandom with the recent release of Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, this gorgeous art book will take you deeper into the world of Devil May Cry than ever before.