While few details are currently available, the cover to the March shipping Previews catalog has made it on to the Internet with details of a new 80-Page Special called "Countdown" featuring an all-star cast of DC creators. As we can see from the cover the book is written by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Judd Winick with art by Ed Benes, Rags Morales, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis and Jesus Saiz. The book features a cover by Jim Lee & Alex Ross. All this for the low cover price of just $1.00.
On his blog, cover artist Jim Lee had this to say about working on the cover, providing the side-by-side image you see above.
"Soooooooo I guess the image is out," Lee said at his blog. "Been having to keep this under my hat for some time now. Yep, the second cover that I collaborated on with Mr. Alex Ross and once again, he delivers the goodies. I already like how the fans are speculating who Batman is holding...but good luck.
"This puppy has a million things built-in to throw you off. (Can't make it that obvious =duh=). Unfortunately the original was GIGANTIC and had to scan it in two parts. Our studio scanner was on the fritz so the lower half did not capture the gray tones for some reason (= D).
"Still, was fun to draw so many DC heroes assembled on one piece and of course, Alex shines an incredible light onto it all. Very ethereal. I like how he improved upon Green Lantern and Hawkman the best."
Look for more information on Monday afternoon when the DC Comics Solicitations for March are released.