Category: Jim Lee

The day after Christmas, probably one of the busiest shopping days of the year.  Everyone piles into the return lines to replace the things that didn’t work or exchange the things they didn’t want. 

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Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am a totalt-shirt whore.  I probably buy two orthree new t-shirts a week.  It causesquite the ruckus with the wife, but I am addicted, it’s a sickness, like hoarding.  So when I heard I can get a t-shirt by theman himself Jim Lee, well I was all giddy with excitement.  Not only am I a big Jim Lee fan, am I also a bigJustice League fan.  This is just thebest of both worlds.  
Check out the press release via The Source along with JimLee’s awesomely geektastic design below.

Back in October, Diamond announced that 2012’s Free Comic Book Day t-shirtwould feature a custom design by legendary artist Jim Lee. Recognizing thatFCBD was – at the time – still a full seven months off, it was a tantalizingtease for those of us anxiously awaiting a glimpse at Lee’s design.

But while we still have to wait until May to pick up our shirts (and ourfree comic books!), we’ve got a special holiday surprise today: a first look atJim’s art. It’s an homage to a classic piece by José Luis García-López,re-imagined with Jim’s redesign of the JUSTICE LEAGUE for DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

The shirt will be solicited in January 2012′s Diamond PREVIEWS catalog, withproceeds going to support FCBD marketing and promotional efforts.

Isuspect this item will sell out fast come January, so you might want to getyour order in as soon as it comes available in January.  Be sure to check with your LCS about orderingthis one of a kind Free Comic Book Day exclusive goodie.

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 By The Nerd
Stormwatch #4
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda

I am going to attempt to explain my feelings about Stormwatch, but understand this is going to be a struggle. It is not that I do not like Stormwatch, because I do, in fact I love parts of it. The problem with Stormwatch is I have no clue what is going on. Let me qualify this by saying I never read Stormwatch prior to the reboot, but that said, even if you had read Stormwatch since Jim Lee first put the thought to paper, you would still be confused.

So why is it so confusing? Well to start, it is not really a reboot of Stormwatch in as much as it is a reboot of Warren Ellis’ Authority team. Initially the team consists of Jack Hawksmoor, the Engineer, Jenny Quantum, Martian Manhunter (in secret and separate from his mainstream duties), and three new characters: Adam One, the Projectionist, and the Eminence of Blades. In these beginning issues they are in the process of recruiting Apollo and fighting off a set of space monsters whose story is rather convoluted. Meanwhile the Midnighter shows up to try and recruit Apollo himself, and they both end up hanging out with the team. This is all a little backwards because outside of Jack Hawksmoor, they are the only two characters that originated in the old Stormwatch. Right from the beginning Paul Cornell establishes that this is a long standing team, in fact the new Stormwatch is actually an organization of planetary protectors dating back to the middle-ages. They are no longer governed by the United Nations, but by a new secret group called the Shadow Cabinet. Cornell also throws in a whole bunch of group dynamics that can be overwhelming in light of trying to pick up everything else, and the action is so non stop through the first four issues, that after each one your kind of left with your head spinning.

All that being said there is a ton of good in this book.Cornell’s first arc may have been a little overwhelming, but the reason I keep coming back is because you just know he has a plan for where he wants to go. He has just decided to set it off with a bang, as opposed to a slow build. In addition he is writing some of the coolest characters in the DCnU.

While I never read the old Stormwatch or Authority books, Jack Hawksmoor is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, and the scenes where he talks to the cities are over the top awesome. That image of a dark dingy little demon being Gotham city is perfect. Harry Tanner, aka The Eminence of Blades, is interesting, as his motivations appear to be rather dark and you get the feeling he might be the odd man out here. And the concept of a person who can control all forms of media, like the Projectionist, is the most fitting power for our digital/social media time that has come along in quite a while. I also like the concept they are completely secretive and unknown. Being as omnipresent as the Justice League, but completely hidden, should make for some very cool and dark missions. And though Apollo and Midnighter are new to the team and to each other, Cornell and artist Miguel Sepulveda do well to convey their immediate bond.

On top of that I just really like the art work in general. There is a ton, I MEAN A TON, of action in these first four books, and to be honest I just do not know how Sepulveda is keeping up with all of it. As a reader it contributes to the confusion of the book, but at the same time you are just in constant awe of how he gets it all in. Also I love the use of ethereal images that are used in the transports and some of the other events. The colors are just beautiful and it really makes for a visually appealing experience.

Overall, it is definitely something I will be picking up again, I just hope that Cornell will let us stop and catch our breath. The first arc appears to be over and the second seems primed to give us some insight into the team, so hopefully we can ease up on the gas. Either way I will continue to follow probably the most interesting group of characters to come out of the reboot.  


Wonder Woman joins the fray as Superman, Batman, GreenLantern and Flash help fight off the mysterious alien attack.

I realize we’re only three issues into this new Justice League series.  This has been a series that was a success thesecond it hit comic store shelves.  Thefirst issue sold faster than they could be handed out and the issue went intoat least three reprintings.  As a comicbook fan and reviewer, I have been anxious every month for each new issue.  This latest issue was well worth the wait.
The heroes have settled their differences long enough tojoin in combating their common enemy. The horde of savage aliens continues their attack.  Oddly enough they aren’t killing but aretaking hostage, helpless civilians.
Public opinion may prove to be their worst enemy.  People are frightened by the sudden appearanceof all the super humans and one in particular is Wonder Woman.  In addition to her outwardly outlandishappearance, she is a newcomer to our modern civilization.  Her government handler, Major Steve Trevorseems unable to control or contain Wonder Woman or Diana as she prefers to becalled.

A curious stroll through the city turns quickly into afight, which Diana more than welcomes. The aliens attack, attempting to take civilians.  Wonder Woman leaps into action to help savethe people so seem to be so afraid and untrusting of her.

Meanwhile, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Flash arebarely holding their own against the never ending mob of aliens.  Only Superman is able to keep the aliens atbay while Batman and the other attempt to figure out what they are after; butthere are too many even for the Man of Steel. Suddenly Wonder Woman appears to help turn the tide of the battle.
That’s only a taste of what this issue had in store.  If you want to find out more, I suggest youpick up a copy of Justice League #3 before it sells out.  This was probably the best issue yet in myopinion and with the league’s roster nearly complete; Wonder Woman isn’t theonly new addition to the team in this issue.  We also get to witness the somewhat disturbing and tragic birth of another young hero as the story progresses.

The comic dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make this thestandout issue of the week perhaps even the month.  Amid the ocean of great and positives thingsI have for this issue, I had but only one criticism.  The introduction of Steve Trevor was apleasant surprise, but Lee’s characterization of him make him look more likethe old 1960’s G.I. Joe action figure with the short, stubby life-like hair andless like the character we’re use to.

This new take on Justice League is a fresh and somewhat welcome change to the characters we’ve come to know.  Superman’s complete change of character to include an arrogance that is almost Batman-like; a far cry from the boy scout we’ve seen for years.  Diana’s child-like innocence and hunger for battle makes her somehow more likeable to me.  Hal Jordan’s cockiness and swagger humbled by the knowledge Superman is more powerful than him.  Flash being an all around smart ass are all combined to make up a more likeable and realistic team. It will be fun to see these new characters grow into the heroes they are destined to become.  The fourth issue promises even more surprises and action aswe count down to the reveal of the team’s true enemy, the all powerfulDarkseid.