The Art of John Carter: A Visual Journey is a beautiful art book demonstrating the conceptual design and production art for the film. John Carter the movie remains a must-see, despite the mixed reviews and disappointing box office, and so too, this art book is a must-read. And apparently a must-own. The first print run has all but sold out in in the United States, causing copies of this book to sell for more than a couple of hundred dollars on e-Bay. (Thankfully for this American, Amazon.ca still had a few copies remaining.)
Despite the arena battle with the white apes being chosen for the cover art (the image has become tiresome since the marketing for John Carter never changed much), the only other negative thing I can say about the book is that it should have been even larger. Some of the art (e.g., the tattoo designs for the red Martians) is displayed too small to appreciate the detail. Apart from this, the book is a "cave of gold" and a great showcase for the talented work seen in the film. I especially like the conceptualizations of the Tharks, the Barsoomian airships and cities, and Woola. The Art of John Carter will add to your appreciation of John Carter the movie.
The best thing I can say about The Art of John Carter is that I could have turned around and sold the book online amd more than quadrupled my money. But I just couldn't do it. Much like the movie's princess, the incomparable Dejah Thoris, this book is beautiful and a "keeper." It will make you want to go back to Barsoom!