Those of you familiar with the collaboration between Jim McCann and Janet Lee entitled “Return of the Dapper Men” got to see Janet Lee’s big debut in comics with a non-conventional style that was impossibly beautiful. Using a brand new painting style to express sequential art in an a-typical way, “Dapper Men” was stunning and moving and, quite simply, a breath taking debut for a new talent.
So what do you think would happen if Janet Lee did something a bit more traditional?
The answer is simple: she’d blow your mind again.
In a preview just released from Image Comics for their new book “Lost Vegas,” we get our first major look at pages from Janet Lee’s interior art for the book alongside the Dan McDaid variant, and let me tell you here right now — it’s absolutely gorgeous. Lush and captivating, this book puts away the tools that made “Dapper Men” and embraces a brand new world of Lee’s comic career, and I for one can’t wait to see the rest of the book.
But don’t take my word for it. Take a look at five unlettered pages from the upcoming release:
I know what you’re thinking. “Woah.” is right!
The first issue of “Lost Vegas” is out in March. For the full press release from Image Comics, please see below.
Image Comics Press Release
“With LOST VEGAS, Jim McCann and Janet K. Lee go from Dapper Men to a scruffy outer-space gambler in a series with roulette wheels and aliens a-plenty that’s part Star Wars, part Ocean’s Eleven and all intergalactically awesome. Just go ahead and beam me up now.”— Brian Truitt, USA Today
Here aboard the luxury space station Lost Vegas, only the highest rollers in the galaxy are allowed. No bet is too high, and no game off-limits. But be careful – while you could win a fortune if you go all in, a much darker fate awaits if you get too far in debt here, and in casinos and back-room gambling halls in every planet around. Once you’re over your head, you lose the last thing available: your freedom, something a con-man gambler Roland learned the hard way.
In LOST VEGAS, a new four-issue Image Comics miniseries by acclaimed creative team Jim McCann and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), Roland, now enslaved to the casino, has a plan to steal back his freedom. In just 24 hours, he must pull off the heist of the millennium.
“The system of “working off debt” is rigged in the houses’ favor, like most things,” writer McCann explained in an interview at PreviewsWorld. “It’ll never happen. For him, there’s only one option: …cheat the system, get enough money to get a ship, and escape the cruiser with a new life.”
Roland’s caper and sense of adventure puts him in a category of dashing scoundrels that includes Han Solo, Danny Ocean, and Eddie Felson. And like any proper leading man, he has a strong-willed foil, the beautiful Kaylex, whose role on the luxury cruiser is a mystery to guests and workers on the Lost Vegas alike, one that can help or hinder Roland and his tight band of trusted allies.
Artist Janet Lee says of the book, “Artistically, Lost Vegas is the alien love child of The Hustler and The Wizard of Oz. It’s filled with alien opulence, every type of creature I can imagine, fabulous costumes, scoundrels, thieves, and hard-hitting grit – you know, exactly like the real Las Vegas.”
With colorful aliens, splendidly-attired elites, and astounding attractions, all set in the gorgeous backdrop of the most luxurious pleasure-ship this side of the Titanic, LOST VEGAS is a feast for the eyes from the Eisner Award-winning team.
The first, 32-page issue of the full color miniseries will be in stores on March 6 and is available for pre-order now from the January issue of Previews. LOST VEGAS #1 features a wraparound “A” cover by series artist Janet Lee (JAN130473), a “B” cover by Dan McDaid (JERSEY GODS) (JAN130474), and a 1:10 incentive cover by Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle) (JAN130475).
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