Jim Lee signs on for DC Comics MMOG

<i>Batman: Hush</i> artist joins Sony Online Entertainment project, expected to serve as executive creative director.

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Gamers who pick up the forthcoming massively multiplayer online game based on the DC Comics universe might recognize more than just the colorful assortment of crime fighters and villains. They might also recognize the work of comic artist Jim Lee behind that cast of characters.

DC Comics, Sony Online Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced that Lee has been brought on board their upcoming MMOG for next-generation consoles and the PC and is expected to serve as the game's executive creative director.

"Utilizing his outstanding and widely revered talent, Jim Lee's ground-breaking work on the DC MMO will help lend authenticity and strength to the game's design," WBI senior vice president Jason Hall said. "His iconic art style and creative direction will enhance the look and feel of the game overall."

For Lee's part, "massive" seems to be the key word when considering the possibilities of a massively multiplayer game set in the DC universe.

"What intrigues me most about the DC MMO is how we can continue to tell the great stories DC is known for in this new medium and look forward in particular to the challenge of perhaps one day, simultaneously bringing stories to life in both print and pixel form," Lee said. "True to their moniker, MMOs are massive undertakings and I look forward to working on the game and continuing to draw comics for many, many years to come at DC."

Lee, who first gained fame in the early '90s for his work on a pair of Marvel's X-Men comic titles, found acclaim at DC in 2003 with his work on Batman: Hush. He has since completed a stint on Superman and is currently working on All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Discussion

69 comments
bandarman
bandarman

I might've expected a lot from this game b/c the demo @ ComicCon kinda disappointed me. I don't know much about DC Universe except Batman and Superman but it might prove to be a good online RPG. I will wait for its review until then I have better games to anticipate.

1357900
1357900

This is just wonderful. I do agree with some of the commentors: too bad the Marvel mmo was scrapped. I love DC, though. I'm not big into mmo's, but I might like this.

graavigala
graavigala

so.. is this game MMORPG like city of heroes/villains or what? and edwardorito, are you saying you hate Batman because you think he is marvel character, or what? :D im just wondering cause your comment didnt make any sense

edwardorito
edwardorito

WOOT! DC rules and Jim Lee is an amazing artist AZN power

MasterBlade7123
MasterBlade7123

I'l would play a DC game even tho I don't know half the characters in DC.

gifteddie
gifteddie

Jim Lee is a great artist (Hush anyone?) and can't wait to see all of his drawings come to life. I hope Two-Face is in the game. I don't think Jim Lee has ever drawn Two-Face

C4_yourself
C4_yourself

Nice DC has always been the best comic company And now they get one of the best publishers

Jon47
Jon47

His artwork on Batman recently has been really nice looking, though so far Frank Miller has dropped the ball on the story. I'm looking forward to this. Heh, also I just found out that Jim Lee is _not_ Stan Lee's son.

DrakRuneDragon
DrakRuneDragon

It would have been better if they made a Marvel DC MMO so that fans of both will have more forefiling time with the game

wackoss
wackoss

Jim Lee's an asset but I rather have DC put him to good use like having him draw a DC card series like the X-Men series he did in the 90s. I still pull out the tin I bought and stare at the art in awe.

Sig12047
Sig12047

Jim Lee is a great artist but Marvel has more iconic and memorable characters that people know, love and want to play as. It's too bad the Marvel MMO was canceled but I think this one would be good.

Amarjit07
Amarjit07

marvel-microsoft deal was cancelled so they r not makin a marvel MMORPG but this sounds arite

aDhAmMe13
aDhAmMe13

Cool...It certainly needed a true DC touch to it.

zuec
zuec

i'm really looking forward to this one!!

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

wow i cant belive it isnt oming out on xbox360 this suxs. i hate that... i guess i need to go buy a ps3...

Spartan1017
Spartan1017

the one game... the one game i wish i could play! but noooooo... it's coming out on the pansystation 3... argh! sniff sniff... no dc for me.

1357900
1357900

Kickinest Awesome! I pray, & hope they get this right! Green Lantern Corp. is all I can say. ;}

uberjannie
uberjannie

Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder ? Oh my god! That one is so bad I feel like choking to death!

siiixon
siiixon

yep MM will be not only RPG but also FPS and other gene's, its great as i do not like roleplaing but i do massive multiplayer, HUXLEY is on other MM-FPS game that will be released Q4

haze_blaze
haze_blaze

MMO instead of MMORPG.... so are they going to forge a new genre of online play? Something other than RPG?

Knighty
Knighty

"Why not marvel MMORPG =p" Microsoft is working on one as a 360 exclusive, the PC version got canned when MS got ahold of it though, looking forward to it.

Evariuda
Evariuda

Why dc Why not marvel MMORPG =p aw well hope you can make your own super hero story like : i fell into a tub of ice and now im popsickelman or something sounds nice

TimMustang
TimMustang

We will see how this works. I hope its more in-depth then CoH and CoV.

TranquilApe
TranquilApe

All i can say is I really hope they implement a "Green Lantern Corp" that Players can form/join Big DC fan here just cant wait

GeeLove63
GeeLove63

Hmmm... only time will tell.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Hopefully the game(s) will end up being good.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

here we go again....... another superhero game that won't be any good :)

Reap3r666
Reap3r666

I just hope they do a good job of The Dark Knight (ie Batman). Undoubtedly the greatest Super Hero EVER !!! Game should look great though ! (PS. Batman has no superpowers unlike superman; however Batman never gets his ass kicked, unlike the man of steel. Superman always gets overplayed.)

Dakkon597
Dakkon597

Jim Lee is amazingly talented. I really hope they take full advantage of his talent and passion. This should be tons of fun, I've been waiting for a good game based on comics for a while. (Not many of the other comic games have been very good) Anyhoo, I just hope I can fight with Jim Lee's rendition of Batman. He's the roughest, toughest hero I've ever seen...

NightRain
NightRain

OMG!! YES!! JIM LEEEEEE!! I love him!! His work with Batman: Hush and his work on Superman were AWESOME. Well, he's just an awesome artist... can't wait to see more of this DC MMORPG! Marvel is making one too.. right? Yeah, I think. Gonna be awesome. I might get them... if they play well..

dub713
dub713

I happen to have had the privilege of working under Jim Lee at Wildstorm back in the mid/late 90's, when Wildstorm WAS Image comics. JIm is an insane artist, a great creative, and an awesome person. Can't wait to see this...

rencie
rencie

An MMO in Jim Lee's creative vision? This could be the start of something good!

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

this sounds awesome. . i love dc comics

LordDante360
LordDante360

Im sooooo happy 360 is getting Marvel :), DC at best only has 1 good thing and that aint all that realy.......