I have been waiting for this collection ever since the series was announced at the Vigilance Press website.
This beautifully illustrated book provides an interesting collection of villains and morally ambiguous supers to inject into your Mutants and Masterminds game. The stories and stats are laid out in an easy to follow manner and the flavor text (in the form of official reports from law-enforcement agencies, and character quotes) help set-up the mood of each entry. There are a handful of minor errors interspersed throughout the text of some of the entries, but they are a negligible flaw in an otherwise perfect product.
Before the printed collection was announced I purchased a few of the weekly character PDF releases, mostly ones that caught my eye thematically. But even the ones I did not purchase individually have proven to be very compelling and well thought out. Even if you are not planning to run an M&M campaign, most of the entries are still interesting reads in the vein of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and DC Comics’ Who’s Who series.
I am really satisfied with this purchase, and can’t wait for the next collection(s) to come out!!!!