Capcom's art books are usually great and worth the price. In fact, I really can't think of any bad art books by them, even that History of Street Fighter one that gets bad reviews. While it might not have been what people wanted, it definitely had some great artwork in it. The first Art of Capcom book was terrific, and is a perfect starting point for anyone interested in game art. The Art of Capcom 2 however, is basically just The Art of Street Fighter volume 2. I'm not giving the book 'just' 3 stars because of the somewhat misleading title, but it is something that disappointed me in the book, given how vast Capcom's series of games is. Yes, I know that this is UDON'S Art of Capcom 2, and they only really do SF work, but they could have just called it UDON'S Art of Street Fighter 2 and I would've accepted it better. Simply put, there's barely anything that isn't Street Fighter in here.
The artwork in the book is 50/50: 50% good and 50% bad or average. Some pieces had me staring for several minutes, especially some of the Elena and R. Mika illustrations. Many of the SF comic book covers are included here, which are some of my favorite pieces in the book (especially the cover where Oro's smashing through a boulder). The first couple of pages in the book are some really fun concept drawings, like how the Street Fighter characters would look if they were in a World of Warcraft-type game, or futuristic warriors. This is the kind of thing I would've liked to have seen more of instead of just a few pages in the beginning. Another nice treat is getting to see some of the characters from Super Street Fighter IV in srite-form if they were in Third Strike. There's one page with Gouken, Juri, El Fuerte and a few others as sprites, and they all look really good. 'can't help but wonder if they'll make it into the upcoming re-release of the game next year. The majority of the book is Street Fighter illustrations, with a lot of the drawings being from Alpha and Third Strike characters, and of course the main cast everyone knows. Then you get some Darkstalkers drawings, some of Marvel vs Capcom, and some of Rival Schools.
Again, I know the main reason for this is because of UDON being the ones with the rights to publish Street Fighter comics, and therefore most of their work is going to be from that series, but why bother calling this a Capcom art book instead of a Street Fighter one when the company only has so much they can show? I would've been happy with a lot more Darkstalkers, especially given the gorgeous cover of this book showing off the characters. Anyone hoping for drawings from Onimusha, Phoenix Wright, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry and more is going to be very disappointed. And there aren't many rough sketches here, just mostly final pieces. Anyone who likes to see drawings progress over time will be left in the dust with this volume.
So as long as you know that this is 90% Street Fighter, and you don't mind that, you should be fine with the book. I'd still recommend the other art books before this one (especially SF20 if you want SF art) if only because a lot of UDON's work starts to look the same over time.