Comic Review: Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition (IDW/DC Comics)

IDW brings tribute to Korean-born illustrator Jim Lee, with the DC Legends Artifact Edition Hard Cover. Lee began his comics career with Marvel in the mid-1980s, then formed his own […]

IDW brings tribute to Korean-born illustrator Jim Lee, with the DC Legends Artifact Edition Hard Cover.

Lee began his comics career with Marvel in the mid-1980s, then formed his own company, Wildstorm Productions. This company was then purchased by DC Comics. Lee came along to DC and had the opportunity to draw Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more.

This Artifact Edition focuses on the most recent 25 years of Jim Lee’s career. All the artwork is scanned from original pages, and the Edition is printed in oversized dimensions (12″ x 17″) to preserve the look of these original pages. It’s a high-end way to see high-quality artwork: it’s as close as you and I will typically ever get to ‘owning’ the artwork.

The Edition is divided into sections: Wildstorm, Batman, Superman, and the DC Universe. It’s not a series of full stories, rather single pages from various issues of the titles. For example, the Batman pages come from Legends of the Dark Knight #50, Batman #608-#619, Batman Hush, All-Star Batman, and Robin, plus convention variants.

Jim Lee’s work is an appropriate addition to the Artifact Edition line; his work is carefully planned, executed with precision, and full of drama and beautiful detail. It’s in this format that we can truly appreciate the skill and vision he brings to each and every page.

IDW Jim Lee DC Legends Artifact Edition Hard Cover, $125 for 148 pages of content

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!