Image Month: WildC.A.T.s #1


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Image Month: WildC.A.T.s #1


  • Words: Brandon Choi
  • Art: Jim Lee
  • Inks: Scott Williams
  • Colors: Joe Rosas
  • Story Title: Resurrection Day
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $1.95
  • Release Date: Jan 8, 1992

The beauty of this book hits you before you even turn a page.  Jim Lee’s artwork has always been considered in incredibly high regard and there is a reason for that.  The man is just a flat out beautiful illustrator.  Coming off his (as of then) high point working on (and redefining) the X-Men, it seemed like everything he touched turned to gold.  Not that much has changed there.  Here Lee keeps some of the same tropes he had worked with before, continuing the trend of ex-X-team creators coming over and creating a team of their own.  The problem though is that the interior of the book never really matches the frenetic energy of the cover.

It starts interestingly enough, jumping between three points in time within the same amount of pages, making the reader believe that something landmark is going to be happening… NOW!  But now never really comes.  The main character (as displayed on the cover) barely is shown doing anything at all.  The first team member we come into contact with is a midget who seems intent on sleeping on the sidewalk no matter how much money he has.  And once again Brandon Choi was around to fill up every single ounce of unused space on the page with unnecessary words.

None of that mattered then. Here was a true Jim Lee book.  We all bought it; we all immediately wanted more.  Nowadays that might be the same response.  That’s how good he still is. 

Two final notes about this book.  Jim Lee has a reputation for being one of the nicest guys in comics.  It’s therefore telling that in his book, he goes out of his way to promote the world building of Image – there are multiple references to Youngblood and even a mention of the events of Cyberforce #1.  Secondly, this book is living proof that the objectification of female characters predates the New 52 launch, which many seem to be forgetting.  For the introduction of his two female leads, Jim Lee goes all out, forcing the reader to turn the book vertically so he could truly show them off.  

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