Book Review: Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee

Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee

2010 has seen some great comic artists with their art books getting published. There's Alex Ross, Joe Quesada, Adam Hughes and now Jim Lee. What a fantastic year!

Jim Lee's Icons is a bargain for the price. It's hardcover with 296 pages of amazing artwork printed on good paper. Just one look at the cover and you can tell that it's really good. Publisher Titan Books has done a very good job with the printing and construction.

The amount of work featured is stunning.

Right from page 1, it's a non-stop flow of beautiful artwork featuring the superheroes of DC Comics and WildStorm — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc. There are sketches, inks, layouts and full coloured illustrations. Many are printed at full page size, some across two pages, showing off all the intricate line work, grain left by the pencil hatches, details in the characters and background. You won't see any work from his days at Marvel though.

I spent a while on each page marveling at the quality of work, thinking about his dedication to comics. It's really inspiring.

You probably won't get as many page-pausing moments with other art books in 2010.

Highly recommended.

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I just got this EPIC book and

I just got this EPIC book and finally I got to see most of his awesome skills. The most I like are his pencils. He has nice accuracy and freedom in line which makes my talent jealous. I was surprised after reading it that there where no Marvel works in it but it was kinda obvious because the cover says "the DC and Wildstorm art" so... Still I'm curios if he comes up with the Marvel book one day.
But what I'm interested in to see if his old pal Travis Charest would make a book, knowing his absence from comic industry after the epic fail with the european epic comic Metabarons.
He comes out with a comic cover here and there but something consistent not quite yet. I'm curious.

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