Review: Black Hammer #3

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Long before Spiral City’s greatest heroes were written out of their universe, the Martian champion Barbalien was already stranded far from home. Disguised as churchgoing Mark Markz in the timeless farming community where the heroes find themselves trapped, Barbalien faces a terrifying personal decision, even as he relives his painful past!

Black Hammer #3 manages to continue the strange mystery as past and present collide. Writer Jeff Lemire gives us a brief glimpse of the outside world near the end of the issue. The issue left me eager to see how they bring in the outside world. Is there more to them being unable to leave town then there appears? We’ll hopefully find out!

Artist Dean Ormston creates a spectacular cover that looks like some sort of old movie poster from the 50’s. Despite the short glimpse of Mars that is seen it looks fantastic. I’m curious to see if they will add in more of Barbalien’s people into the story and how that artistically will blend together with what we’ve seen. The flashback scenes of his arrival are the standout of the issue in my opinion. There’s a great collision of cultures as the hero arrives.

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