Amid all the Before Watchmen hype, the appointment of Jae Lee as the artist on the Ozymandias series is an interesting development, if only because for years, he has been considered a Marvel and an Image boy — and mostly Marvel at that. He’s basically had just one DC book — Jekyll And Hyde — from seven years ago.
His work for Marvel with Paul Jenkins — The Inhumans and The Sentry — were incredibly well reviewed titles, giving Marvel their first Eisner win for years. His work for Stephen King’s Dark Tower saw him become the most successful Marvel artist in trade paperback and hardcover form.
Then, last year, he basically disappeared from Marvel — quietly and without any fuss. All we saw were the illustrations for Stephen King’s new Dark Tower novel. And now we know what he’s been working on all this time.
Jae did much of his high profile work with colourist Jose Villarubia, including The Inhumans, Hellshock and The Sentry. Jose is also a long time collaborator of Alan Moore, working on Mirror Of Love and Promethea.
I wonder what he makes of the whole affair?