Review: Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual

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Illustrated by an all-star slate of guest artists, this oversized anthology issue features five Black Hammer stories from Jeff Lemire, each focusing on one of the stranded heroes. See how Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, and Ray Fawkes take on tales about Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Barbalien, and Madame Dragonfly.

Like the rest of the Black Hammer series, this giant-sized annual combines both past and present with a great mix of stories. Unlike previous issues, the focus in this issue is much broader and event stranger. All of the stories are well told, through shifting artists that’s a who’s who. That shift of artists and style manages to distinguish each miniature tale well yet it all still blends together into one larger narrative.

Each of the six artists chosen brings their own unique style to the mini-story they tell.  Picking one to that stands out above the others is impossible, the talent is so top notch and it’s all so impressive. Rating the art as a collective whole is a challenge as well, due to the shifting styles and artists.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

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