Legendary artist Jim Lee has revisited one of his most iconic images for a variant cover of the third issue of DC’s Metal.
If there was any artist you would want to provide the first image of your reborn, relaunched superhero universe, there are few that would top Jim Lee.
Exploding onto the comics scene with Alpha Flight, Lee became a legend in his own time with hugely popular runs on X-Men, Batman, Superman as well as helping launch Image Comics with his own creation WildC.A.T.s and in turn the entire Wildstorm Universe.
Just having Lee’s name on a book, whether as artist, writer or just working on the cover is enough to help a book sell an extra couple copies.
That was exactly what DC Comics was hoping for back in 2011 when they made the bold decision to relaunch their entire superhero universe with the New 52. The first book to arrive in stores was Justice League #1, written by Geoff Johns with art by Lee. The cover of the first issue, which you can see below, was the also initial image of the revamped characters and universe to be seen by fans when the announcement was made.
Since then, the image has become one of those iconic comic book covers that has been used over and over by other artists.
So when Lee was looking for a way to spotlight the Dark Knights, twisted versions of Batman from the Dark Multiverse, for the variant cover of the third issue of DC’s super-mega event Metal, it made perfect sense that he would decide to rip off no one else but himself.
The image, as well as being classic Lee all the way, gives us our first good look at some of the new characters that promise to make the lives of the heroes of the Justice League pretty difficult.
The first issue of Metal was easily one of the best DC comics of the year and it got me very excited for the rest of the series, something I haven’t been able to say about many super-mega events the last few years. Regardless, it’s an amazing piece of art and you can be sure that this is the one I’ll be getting when it arrives in comic shops.
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From the DC solicitation:
Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!
Metal #3 is written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion and goes on sale in comic shops and digitally October 11.