A story is only as good as its villain.
Gallery of Evil is all about enriching your world with an impressive array of villains. It gives you what you need to make your Issues memorable, a good array of menaces to make your heroes quake in terror and sweat trying to stop their mischievous plans.
Chapter 1 is a small section of additional rules to use with the villains of this book or any other character in the Capes, Cowls and Villains Foul system. It is very helpful and sets the stage for the rest of the book.
Chapter 2 lists solo villains, from street level crooks, to galactic menaces. I honestly think it is a good selection of adversaries for the heroes in your Issues. For each character you can find Traits, Complications, Factoids and Miscellaneous. The chapter also provides you with some tips on how to play each villain, the character’s background and, to top the cake, some Issue ideas that use that particular villain.
Chapter 3 is all about teamwork. There are four full super-villain groups and a duo of mercenaries, all with the same set of stats as the solo characters. Issue Ideas for each group are included and every good Editor could easily make any member of a team an individual menace.
Chapter 4 presents a new complete Issue Editors can use in their game sessions. It uses some of the characters of the book and it has the potential of becoming a very interesting campaign for your group of heroes.
As a bonus, there is a really special villain after Chapter 4. I will not spoil it for you, but it was a delightful surprise for me.
I really liked the variety in the adversaries listed in this book and the winks for comic book lovers that you can find in some of the characters. A word of warning: some of the villains in this volume are on the campy/humoristic side of the superhero world. It did not bother me, but some may be put off by this. There is enough information in this book to make even the quirkiest of villains the most feared menace in your imaginary universe (Has anyone heard of The Joker...?).
Gallery of Evil meets the expectation that the Kickstarter campaign created. It is all it promises and more. If you need villains for your Issues, or if you simply like reading about characters to spark your imagination, you should get this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!