Review: Black Hammer #1

Black Hammer #1 1A new story from the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire, amazingly realized by Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart!

Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City—Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien—now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

Dark Horse is known for their strange tales, and this one is no exception. Black Hammer features heroes of a lost age who begin to question their forced retirement. That is, all but one who seems to enjoy the simpler life of being a farmer. Yet someone from the outside, doesn’t believe that they are dead like the rest of the world. She seems determined to find them, if only to find her father. This is Jeff Lemire‘s latest spin on superheroes and it’s one to definitely check out as Lemire rarely doesn’t deliver.

The art by Dean Ormston has an rich old time style feel to it. The issue manages to showcase the person under the mask instead of the masked part of their life, which adds a bit of mystery to it all. While the art does show some brief flashbacks to that time, they do leave one a little curious as to the individual backstory. I’m curious to see if they manage to bring some of that in both the story and the art as the series continues.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dean Ormston
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review