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Mazebook gets a Dark Horse Direct Exclusive Hardcover Edition

Dark Horse Direct and Jeff Lemire have partnered up and are delighted to present Mazebook HC (Dark Horse Direct Exclusive)!

This deluxe, limited, and oversized hardcover edition collects issues #1-5 of the bestselling Mazebook series, an ambitious and haunting graphic novel about family, mourning, and reality from New York Times bestselling and Eisner award-winning Black Hammer creator Jeff Lemire. Limited to just 1000 copies, this exclusive edition includes a printed art tip-in signed by Jeff Lemire, a cloth cover with red stitch embroidery, foil stamping, a color ribbon and gilding. This incredible collector’s edition features a sketchbook section with pinups by Andrea Sorrentino, Dustin Nguyen, Dean Ormston, Matt Kindt, and Gabriel Hernández Walta! Elegantly designed by award-winning designer and creative director Tom Muller, the exclusive Mazebook HC retails for $125.00 USD with payment plan options available and is scheduled to begin shipping to pre-order customers between June and July 2022. 

Mazebook is the story of a lonely building inspector, still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter, receives a mysterious phone call. Convinced that this child is contacting him from beyond this world, he sets out on an intense and melancholy adventure to bring his daughter back home.

The Mazebook HC (Dark Horse Direct Exclusive) is now available for pre-order.

Mazebook HC (Dark Horse Direct Exclusive)

Black Hammer is Reborn

Black Hammer returns in a new ongoing series picking up twenty years after the events of Age of Doom in Black Hammer: Reborn! The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga created by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston welcomes Caitlin Yarsky as the new main series artist for Black Hammer, with colors by Dave Stewart. Issues #5-#8 will feature guest artists Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean!     

In 1986, Black Hammer and the rest of Spiral City’s greatest superheroes seemingly died defeating the cosmic despot known as Anti-God and saving the world. But one woman refused to believe they were truly gone: Lucy Weber, the daughter of Black Hammer.  Learning that her dad had sacrificed himself to save the other heroes, Lucy soon took up the mantle of Black Hammer and carried on the legacy of her father as the world’s greatest superhero.

Now, it’s twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn’t picked up the hammer in years.  But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself.

Black Hammer: Reborn is the next era of the Black Hammer Universe; a series that juxtaposes an achingly human story of domestic life, marriage, parenthood, and destiny with a pulse-pounding superhero thriller that peels back new layers of mystery, and pulls the Black Hammer history into the present. 

Black Hammer: Reborn #1 will hit comic shops on June 23, 2021, featuring an issue #1 variant by Jeff Lemire and Dave Stewart.

SDCC 2019: Peek Into the Black Hammer-Verse

Dip your toe into the Black Hammer-verse with the Black Hammer 3 for $1and Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy from Dark Horse Comics! Explore the weird, wonderful, ever-expanding world created by acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and veteran artist Dean Ormston.

Black Hammer 3 for $1 is a perfect intro to three great storylines in the Black Hammer–verse for just one dollar! This three-in-one anthology features the first issues of the original Black Hammer run, Sherlock Frankenstein, and Quantum Age, collected together in a 72-page discount package! Featuring art by artists Dean Ormston, David Rubín, and Wilfredo Torres, Black Hammer 3 for $1 is your one-way ticket to Spiral City and beyond! 

And if you’re already well versed in the Black Hammer-verse, then you won’t want to miss the debut of the newest hero to stalk the streets of Spiral City in Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy! Written by Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire, with art by Tonci Zonjic and letters by Steve Wands, Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy is the latest installment in the ever-expanding Black Hammer-verse.

Teased in The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia, this tale of dark tragedy finds Spiral City trapped in a vicious cycle of crime, corruption, and violence. With the heart of the city at stake, a vigilante rises in Skulldigger. However, when the nefarious Grimjim escapes from prison, will Skulldigger and his ward, Skeleton Boy, be enough to save Spiral City? Be sure to find out in Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy #1.

Black Hammer 3 for $1 goes on sale November 06, 2019, and Skulldigger + Skeleton Boy #1 (of twelve) goes on sale December 11, 2019.

Dark Horse Delivers Stranger Things and Black Hammer for Free Comic Book Day

Visit your local comic shop May 4, 2019, for Free Comic Book Day! Dark Horse delivers tales from two diverse worlds in their FCBD Gold Offering featuring Netflix’s Stranger Things and a spooky trip into Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer with a cover by Chun Lo

In Stranger Things, writer Jody Houser and artist Ibrahim Moustafa bring the adventuring party back together after Eleven’s disappearance, as Nancy and Steve find a way to lift the spirits of a despondent Mike. Perhaps all it takes is a roll of the dice. Then, in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series creator Jeff Lemire, guest writer Ray Fawkes, and artist David Rubín, take the reader on an EC-style tour through Madame Dragonfly’s mysterious Cabin of Horrors to witness two groups of brand-new Black Hammer heroes from the past! 

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Dark Horse Stranger Things Free Comic Book Day

Black Hammer Gets a Director’s Cut

Since its debut in 2016, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer has taken the world by storm with a loyal fanbase, several spin-offs, and an Eisner Award for Best New Series to its name!

Dark Horse is taking fans behind the panel with this deluxe director’s cut showcasing high res, uncleaned scans of Dean Ormston’s beautiful inked line art from the first issue of the award-winning Black Hammer series. The director’s cut also includes Todd Klein’s lettering, Jeff Lemire’s original script, and a high res scan of the original cover. A must for collectors and all Black Hammer fans!

Black Hammer: Director’s Cut goes on sale January 16, 2019. With 51 story pages, this special edition of Black Hammer #1 retails for only $4.99!

Black Hammer Gets a Library Edition this October

Black Hammer fans will have another opportunity to visit their favorite superhero farm in the Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1 collects the first chapter of the highly acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning superhero saga in a deluxe, oversized hardcover format from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston.

Mysteriously banished from existence by a multiversal event, the old superheroes of Spiral City now lead simple lives on a bizarre farm from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!

This new edition features a beautiful cover by Dean Ormston with colors by Dave Stewart and collects Black Hammer #1-13, the Giant-Sized Annual, sketchbook extras, and more! This tome features art by Dean Ormston, David Rubín, Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes, and Michael Allred.

Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1goes on sale October 24, 2018, and is available for preorder. This new edition is 408-pages and retails for $49.99.

Jeff Lemire and Wilfredo Torres Explore the Future of Superheroes with The Quantum Age

Dark Horse has announced the next adventure in Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s beloved Black Hammer universe, The Quantum Age: From the World of Black HammerThe Quantum Age follows Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil and Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows as the latest installment in the greater Black Hammer universe.

Moon Knight artist Wilfredo Torres joins Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire in this new six-issue series full of new superheroes. Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and Doctor Star letterer Nate Piekos complete the impressive creative team. Wilfredo Torres and artist Christian Ward provide the futuristic cover and variant cover.

In the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series—but a thousand years in the future—a collection of superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, must band together to save the planet from an authoritarian regime. The Quantum Age follows a young Martian as he works to reform The Quantum League to save the world, while also solving the riddle of what happened to the great heroes of the twentieth century. Black Hammer fans can sneak a peek of The Quantum Age heroes in Dark Horse’s 2018 Free Comic Book Day Gold Offering months before the new series is set to launch!

The Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #1 goes on sale July 4, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop. Fans can also pick up Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1 at comic shops on April 18, 2018!

Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Offering is Overwatch and Black Hammer

Visit your local comic shop on May 5, 2018 for Free Comic Book Day 2018! Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to announce our FCBD Gold Comic featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch and Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer, with a cover by Kate Niemczyk.

The Overwatch story boasts art from Niemczyk with Andrew Robinson and Joelle Sellner uniting to write the adventures of Zarya. In Overwatch: Searching, Sergeant Aleksandra Zaryanova is sent to eliminate the elusive hacker, Sombra. To do so, she reluctantly teams up—and butts heads—with an omnic hacker. As they hone in on their target, Zarya realizes that she will have to reassess her worldview about omnics.

In the world of Black Hammer—a thousand years in the future—a collection of teenage superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, are determined to solve the riddle of what happened to the last great heroes of the twentieth century. Black Hammer creators Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston return to their opus as writer and artist respectively with Wilfredo Torres joining Ormston in illustrating and Dave Stewart providing his colorist skills to the project.

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Learn more at FreeComicBookDay.com.

Look out next week for Dark Horse’s Silver Free Comic Book Day announcement and 2018 offerings!

Dark Horse Comics Announces “Black Hammer: Age of Doom” by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston

Dark Horse Comics has announced that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston’s creator owned Black Hammer superhero saga will return in 2018 with a new ongoing series titled Black Hammer: Age of Doom. The new ongoing series will continue to chronicle the adventures of the forgotten champions of Spiral City, following the events of the cliffhanger ending of issue thirteen of Black Hammer.

The series plays around with the concept of superhero universes being rebooted, relaunched, and rebirthed every year. The series is the next chapter in the story of Golden Gail, Abraham Slam, Barbalien and the rest of the gang.

Meanwhile fans won’t have to wait long for new Black Hammer universe stories. On October 18, Dark Horse Comics will publish the first issue of Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín. The highly anticipated four issue series follows Lucy Weber—the daughter of the Black Hammer and an investigative reporter for the Global Planet—as she uncovers the dark secret origins of some of her father’s greatest foes. Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil is the first of several high profile Black Hammer mini-series, all of which will feature different artists.

When Black Hammer: Age of Doom debuts in April 2018, each issue of the ongoing series will featuring a variant cover by an acclaimed artist, including an issue 1 cover by Skottie Young and an issue 2 variant cover by Fábio Moon that is an homage to Frank Miller’s icon Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cover.

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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