I figured that this thing was going to be like a big pamphlet, maybe 32 pages. That's how I remember coloring books being from when I was a kid. But this book is gigantic. There's 70 pages to color! And then there's more stuff on top of that! Check out the binding:
I am amused and mortified at the idea that someone had to trace each image in a separate layer in photoshop. Some of the pictures are of a single creature, others are of big scenes. Here's the beholder:
Here's one of my favorites, the modron march:
I can't think of a reason why these heroes would need to hide from them. Are they bringing chaos into Mechanus somehow? Did they do something to the orrery in the Modron Cathedral?
Here's another of my favorites:
The Tarrasque is the most powerful monster that is not a god, demon lord, archdevil, etc. He's sort of like the D&D Godzilla. I think every group should have a story about the time they encountered the Tarrasque. I cut off his toe once. I also tried to climb his back, stick my sword in it and then slide down, cutting him wide open. It didn't work out.
I like the fire giant. His proportions are funky and amusing. I love his giant sword. Frost giants have a very set look that works for them. It seems to me that fire giants have a little more room for variation.
One of the things I like most about this book is that it comes with maps. The maps are mostly blank. The artist set up borders and placed a scroll for you to put the title in. These are really handy.
They should definitely put these out in .pdf form as I think people could do a lot of cool things with them. Here's the map you can get off of the product page:
It is hard to find out who drew what in the core books. Some artists you can pick out right away like Michael Komarck and Ralph Horsley, as they have very distinctive styles. But in most cases, you're stuck.
After that stuff, there is another surprising section. All of the color art is presented in their original forms! I think it is meant to be a reference for when you color each image. This is especially handy because most of the art in the core books are covered up by the "page rips" so in some cases we are seeing the full art for the first time. There are two pieces in particular that really struck me:
This one really gets me:
You can get this thing for very little money. If you have any interest at all, it is worth buying. The maps alone are really cool starting points for you.
If you have a kid who colors, this is a no-brainer. It should keep most people busy for an extremely long time.
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book.