Jim Lee is a legend, my favourite DC artist has carved his name in history as one of the all time best comic book artists. Originally working for Marvel, Jim Lee took a hold of the X-Men and brought it to life no other artist before him. In the 1990’s he started his own brand and company called Wildstorm, and with DC Comics acquiring his business that was the start of Lee’s artistic talent weaving it’s way through the DC Universe creating something truely special.
IDW Publishing have partnered with DC Comics producing this Artifact Edition which focuses on the last 25 years of Jim Lee’s work, showcasing his phenomenal work on the Dark Knight Detective, as well as the last Son of Krypton, while also celebrating the unique personas he created of the DC characters and their surrounding universe. The book also show’s his work pre DC with pieces on WildC.A.T.s and much more.
This Artifact Edition is truly remarkable with every page a scan of Lee’s original work, you get taken on a journey and the book is a story within itself filling each page with detail, supreme creativity, including some of the most iconic images ever produced in DC Comics.
The hard cover book is in black and white, spanning 144 pages. The book’s dimensions are 29cm in width by 44cm in length, a great size that was truly enjoyable in that it compliments the artwork and draws you in page by page. While looking through the book, you will be pleasantly surprised at certain points when you get to unearth a three page spread on particular pieces of Lee’s artwork. There are multiple three page spreads within the book, when I took a few photos of these spreads I ended up leaving them out of this review for the reason that they simply didn’t do the book justice. I have purposely left this as a surprise for you to experience should you purchase the book.
Jim Lee’s DC LEGENDS Artefact book is like no other, I have purchased so many graphic novels, comics, and DC books over my time and this one has shot to number one in my personal collection. The book captures the true essence of the DC Universe showcasing Lee’s talent, the black and white shades gives the images a sense of sharpness and true tone.
Take a look at the images below for a preview of the book, a link has been included at the end of this review for you to purchase your own copy.
You can purchase the book from IDW Publishing here , a true collectible that all comic book fans should seriously consider investing in. The price point is great value for money considering what you attain from the first page, through to the last.
A perfect Score!