This is one of the weirdest Jim Lee variant covers we've come across. Appearing on the variant cover to Cover #6 by David Mack and Brian Bendis, in a story in which some simulacrum of Mack and Bendis travels the world going to comic conventions as a reluctant agent of the CIA, turning other comic creators who are agents of foreign powers–specifically a version of Esad Ribic, recreated not so much as a tortured artist, but an artist who tortures.
It's basically Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind but with comic books instead of game shows. Each issue has had a variant cover from a significant guest star that Bendis has recruited.
For the upcoming finale Cover #6, which promises much, Jim Lee provides the variant in a very different way… introducing James Lee, agent of the CIA. I hope we get to meet him inside the pages…
COVER #6 (OF 6) VAR ED (MR)
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Mack (CA) Jim Lee
The first volume of one of the best-reviewed series of the year comes to its shocking conclusion! It's an industry dinner in New York City, and comic book creator Max finds himself juggling his responsibilities as a spy for the United States government and his role as a member of the creative community! This unique, genre-bending look at the comics industry has received rave reviews for Emmy and Eisner Award-nominated artist David Mack and Peabody Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis! COVER will return next year-but this shocking conclusion will have people talking about what is-and isn't-true in this "based on a true story" story. MATURE READERS In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
Final Orders Due: Jan 28, 2019