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Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins

Dark Horse

May 16, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty Bookmark and Share

If you’ve wondered whether Jeff Lemire will ever create anything less than amazing, the answer is a resounding “no.” Five former superheroes and their loyal (female) robot stranded on a farm doesn’t sound like engrossing reading, but Lemire’s uncanny talent instantly makes Black Hammer a must-read. Abe Slam, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, Golden Gail, and Mark Markz, the Barbalien were the greatest heroes Spiral City ever knew, until they disappeared in a flash of light during an epic battle. Presumed dead for a decade, they’ve actually been imprisoned by some inexplicable force in a small rural town.

Avid superhero fans will relish the Easter Eggs Lemire scattered throughout the volume. From Captain America to Shazam to the Martian Manhunter, Lemire pays homage to the great Golden and Silver Age heroes of American comic book lore, while delivering an unbelievably enthralling study of once legendary vigilantes reduced to hiding behind civilian life. The sextet has incredible chemistry, and with very little cape-and-tight action, Lemire deftly conveys their legendary vigilante status. We want to know more about them; we want to know why they’re stuck on the farm. We want Volume Two to come out yesterday. (

Author rating: 8/10

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