The (unwelcome) return of Pat Lee to comics

“It is frankly shocking that he has returned to comics.”

– Chris Butcher, Manager- The Beguiling & TCAF Director

In a move that is surprising to many, and aggravating to even more – former Dreamwave and Dream Engine studio chief,  artist Pat Lee will be returning to comics with a series entitled Widow Warriors, published by American company Dynamite Entertainment.

Here’s the Dynamite Entertainment press release:

Pat Lee, the creator who revitalized The Transformers, makes his return to comic books with Widow Warriors! Written by Lloyd Chao and drawn by Pat Lee, Widow Warriors is a full color series that will be released by Dynamite Entertainment! Based on the popular Chinese legend Women Warriors of the Yang Family, Widow Warriors takes place during the reign of Emperor Song Ren Zhong (AD 1022-1064), a powerful barbarian tribe invaded the western territories of the Chinese Empire. A brave clan of generals, the Yang, and their men fought bravely, but were massacred by the invaders. Unable to convince the Emperor to send reinforcements, the widows of the family, also trained warriors, took it upon themselves, journeying west on a perilous mission to avenge the deaths of their loved ones and save a nation.

“I was pretty thrilled to be able to collaborate with a Chinese and international team on Widow Warriors, my first comic series after several years,” says Pat Lee. ”The original story is so rich with historical characters that it was a real challenge to filter it down into an American comic format. I wanted to blend my comic style with the richness we find in historic Asian art and culture, and we are pretty happy with the end result. We are going to turn Widow Warriors into a film next, and I think a lot of the panels already have a cinematic feel to them.”

“Pat has grown as an artist, and we’re proud to be working with him on this project. Looking at the art, you can see the depth he’s added since the beginning of his career. We’re proud to be working with Pat on this project, and hope that this is the first of many projects together.” states Dynamite President Nick Barrucci.

Heidi McDonald and Rich Johnston have posted articles on the subject and the quote from above is from The Beguiling’s Christopher Butcher’s reply to the story on the Beat:

Continuing the biography:

“Then, a combination of shady ethics and poor company management turned the company into a massive sinkhole. Sensing the end was near, Lee transferred as many assets of the company as he could to his parents. He lied to the artists working for him that they would eventually be paid, then declared the company bankrupt. He never paid anyone and this led to severe financial hardship for many of them.”

“To this day Lee has never expressed even an iota of remorse about his awful behaviour or financially damaging a number of people whom he called ‘friends’.”

“Lee’s most recent work in comics was taking credit for the illustrations of another artist on the Image relaunch of Cyberforce. When the artist came forward and exposed that Lee was penciling a little under 5% of the pages he was receiving credit for, the Lee had no comment and went into hiding for 2 or 3 years.”

“It is frankly shocking that he has returned to comics.”

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