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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.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 28 April 2012
Jim Lee is one of those rare comic book artists today in that he achieved a level of brilliance and maintained it. So often artists plateau out and there is a slow decline in the standard of their work, not so with Jim lee. Additionally he still, periodically, handles the interior artwork chores many of the other comic book elite artists leave behind in favour of just doing covers.

He has his critics over his storytelling abilities but a cursory glance at this collection of his work will confirm why he enjoys superstar status among his legions of fans and why his name on the front of a comic book will ensure enhanced sales.

This is a fine, beautifully put together collection highlighting his work. It features page after page of his dynamic, detailed and powerful artwork. Much of this comes from the comics he has worked on but there is also publicity, convention and some rare work included.

As well as the finished pieces there are plenty of sketches and thumbnails detailing his thought processes and the genesis of some of his best work. It is intersting to note from these just exactly how much the inkwork of Scott Williams has contributed to Lee's success. Compare the sketches to the finished work or a piece that has been inked by someone else.

As others have said it would have been nice to see some of his Marvel work but as the book specifically states 'DC and Wildstorm' that was never to be. Unfortunately Marvel do not appear interested in getting behind these sort of collections, all the recent ones seem to have been of DC artist's work {think Ross, Hughes, Bolland.}
This is a plush, heavyweight tome luxurating in some of the most stunning work by one of the top tier artists plying his trade in comics today. As such it should be bought, looked at repeatedly and treasured.
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on 1 September 2011
This cumulation of Jim Lee's impressive contributions to both DC and wild storm is definitely worth spending a few pennies on. Although the art itself is magnificent, the production and presentation of this work is both professional and entertaining to see. I have flicked through this book countless times and always found something that I had not noticed before, or found something else to marvel at. Speaking of marvel however, it is a shame that this book did not include any marvel work. Its just a matter of personal opinion though, but given that Wild storm did not feature a particularly successful series, I think that the space used to display said art would have been used better to provide the reader with an interesting spread devoted to Jim Lee's excellent work at Marvel Comics.
All in all, this is a marvellous collection of work and I would highly recommend that you give it your time and money.
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on 1 April 2011
I'll be brief. I love Jim Lee's artwork, its unparalled. In this hefty volume you'll find many examples of his best stuff.
BUT.....
most of his best stuff are pages from his comics such as Batman:Hush and Wildstorm. They're cool, they're sexy, they're......things we've already seen before.
Thats it. If you already own some Jim Lee Comics then you'll already own two thirds of the material you'll find in this book. Theres some cool other things here and there but not enough to make this a must have. If you know someone who loves DC super heroes then this would make a perfect gift for them. If you are a fan who already knows whats what, save you money.
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on 28 August 2012
What can i say about this book that others haven't said already? it is a masterpiece, this book will blow your mind. get it right now and i promise, you will not regret it.
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on 4 December 2010
Vary fine art and description of how the work came to be. One thing i do miss however is Lees Marvel work - its a missing piece of this book and a very big piece too
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on 16 December 2012
This is how you do art books featuring some of the best artwork from Jim Lees comic book career. There is Batman art, Superman art and some small snippets of his Image comics work too. I remember this book arriving at my door and I was amazed by it and it was a hard back book too which made it a book I could respect more and look after. The art images in this book are inspirational to say the least with rough drafts of some legendary artwork together with finished art pieces that shine with Lee's classic line renderings.

I loved this book, nuff said!
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on 24 May 2013
I liked Jim Lee's style since I first saw his drawings, so this was a must. Quality images, elegante presentation and a good amount of info and stories of Jim's career. Mainly focused on the best-seller DC trio (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), but with about half the book dedicated to other characters and works. Very recommended!
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on 30 August 2011
This is a must have if you are interested in comic book art. Jim Lee is one of the top comic artists in the world. Icons has a fantastic range of Lee's work from DC & WildStorm. I love thumbing through this book to get inspiration, to relax, also it's a great coffee table book and nicely printed too.
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on 24 February 2011
The book is chock full of beautiful images, both pencil sketches and full blown inked and coloured artworks.
I keep finding new treasures in those pages!
If you like comic art or comics in general you'll get a lot from this book.
If you like Batman or Superman - then you'll be in heaven!
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