Review: Black Hammer #7

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Joe Weber: the Black Hammer. A hero from the Spiral Slums. A husband. A father. Gone without a trace.

A visitor from the outside world arrives on the farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes.

In Black Hammer #7 we finally get a glimpse and origin of the title character. While Black Hammer’s origin tale has a definite Kirby influence, writer Jeff Lemire gives us his own unique and interesting take. He even reveals how the characters got trapped and transported into their current situation. I’m curious to see how things progress from here, with Black Hammer’s daughter now in town and what’s been revealed in this issue.

Artist Dean Ormston manages amplify the Kirby influence of Black Hammer’s origin. Yet as the past and present switch places, it is clear he manages to distinguish each setting with great ease. The issue uses a mix of golden age and silver age art techniques for the past while using a more modern art style for the present.

As always, a fantastic issue for a fantastic series.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dean Ormston
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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