PopCultHQ reviews JIM LEE’S X-MEN ARTIST’S EDITION from IDW Publishing. Available February 24th, the book features writing from Chris Claremont & illustrations by Jim Lee, with Scott Williams and various other creators contributing.

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Story: Chris Claremont
Pencils: Jim Lee w/ Scott Williams
plus a number of various creators!

Jim Lee has been drawing comics for more than 30 years and is one of the most popular comic book artists of all time. The impact his dynamic artwork has had on the comics industry—to his legions of fans and the artists who have been inspired by and emulated him—is truly immeasurable. And, in a career filled with highlights, his work on X-Men is arguably his most popular and enduring.

This very special Artist’s Edition features Lee’s stellar work on X-Men, including the complete oversized X-Men #1 main story—still the bestselling comic book ever published in the modern era! Additionally, there will be covers, splash pages, pin-ups, and interior pages by Lee doing what he does best—creating great comics. Each page has been meticulously scanned from Lee’s original art for this book… affording the reader insight into his creative process never before available outside of original art collectors. Produced in the one and only, accept no imitations, multi-Eisner award-winning Artist’s Edition format. For any fan of Jim Lee, this book will soon become a cherished centerpiece of your collection!

Special bonus! There is a gorgeous double foldout in this book that features all four connecting covers from X-Men #1!

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PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:

Face front, true believers! The fine folks at IDW have done it again by putting out another superb Artist Edition! This time the spotlight is on the one and only Jim Lee. A name revered and beloved by comic book lovers the world over, this weighty tome features Jim’s work from his early days when he was working on the X-Men at that mighty House of Ideas…Marvel Comics. Grab your capes and get ready to fly off on an adventure into the terrific work of a talented and dedicated member of the comics profession.

Writing: As far as writing goes, each X-Men comic housed in this fine book is top-notch stuff. In addition to scripts laid out by the legendary Chris Claremont, there are also great works of superhero fiction that were co-plotted by Jim alongside Chris, as well as John Byrne and Scott Lobdell. At this point in time, X-Men’s popularity was exploding even further and the various stories included in the Artist Edition will be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who picks it up. 

ArtJim Lee remains a household name among comic fans. Even in the earlier stages of his career, he was already a superstar for dynamic linework, slick penciling, and richly-detailed characters. Every single page is jam-packed with the kind of art that is indicative of the caliber of Jim’s work over the decades he has been active as an illustrator. A noteworthy element in this amazing volume are the covers. As much as the interior pages are a glorious sight, it is the covers that will draw readers further and further into the book’s contents.

PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:

Comic book illustrators are some of the most dedicated and epic individuals. They dedicate their lives to the craft of drawing art for comics and bringing these various fantastic worlds to life. This Artist Edition from IDW highlights the efforts of Jim Lee and showcases amazing stuff from a man who has dedicated his life to the industry. To all who love Jim’s creative genius and the books put out by IDW, no collection would be complete without Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition.

PopCultHQ’s Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars


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Publisher – IDW Publishing