Black Hammer 3 & 4 by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston | Review


Published on Mar 12, 2020


They were the greatest heroes of a lost era: the enemy of the crime of the Golden Age, Abraham Slam, adventurer, star Colonel Weird and his robot Talky-Walky, Barbalien of Mars, the Golden Gale, the girlfriend of America, Madame Dragonfly, a lady of the macabre, and Black Hammer, the invincible champion.

Ten years ago, the great heroes of Spiral City had faced the despot cosmic known as the Anti-God, but, by defeating him and saving the world, they looked dead, in their turn, at least at first sight.

Instead, our heroes found themselves unexpectedly in a bucolic farm a small quiet town... in a world where there are no superheroes.

Shortly after, the most powerful of them, the Black Hammer, he tried to cross the borders of the perimeter and was killed by unknown forces. The heroes had no other choice than to adapt and to live in that dimension, in that country, trying to blend in and live as a family, like the others, but always trying to find the truth about what was their success, and a way back to their reality.

In the meantime, a Spiral City, the talented and special the daughter of the Black Hammer, Lucy Weber, did not give the death of his father and of his colleagues; and after ten years of research finally managed to find a way to get to the farm; however, Madame Dragonfly uses his tricks to clear the memory.

But Lucy has not stopped searching for the truth and eventually find the hammer of the father, making it become the new Black Hammer.

Jeff Lemire is a connoisseur of world superhero, is certainly not new, but with Black Hammer wanted to show not only his deep knowledge, but also his deep love for this phenomenon comics, which for decades accompanied the readings of the fans of the comic book world. And for this reason he had decided to relaunch the series.

In fact, in September 2017, shortly after the end of the cliffhanger of the Black Hammer #13, Dark Horse Comics announced that the series was finished and that it would be relaunched as a Black Hammer: Age of Doom, as the will of Lemire had to comment on the history of superhero comics and, because “we live in a world where the universes of superheroes seem to be restarted, relaunched and reborn each year,” he also wanted to play with that idea. And that is precisely what we see in volumes three and four of this history, which therefore arrives at the conclusion.

Finally, in fact, you will discover the truth about the condition of exile of our former super-heroes, but the answer to the question on which is straight their research up to now will raise other issues and questions that involve the relationships between the heroes and the relationships that tied them together. The story, in fact it will split in two plots only at the end you will meet, demonstrating the ability to Lemire to play with the idea of reboot and re-launch, a fashion now used not so much for the purposes of a narrative as to try to increase sales...

There will, therefore, surprises, even for readers, who are between the hands, a story that is perfectly balanced and that each page builds the universe of Lemire, which does not merely pay homage to the characters of the two main publishing houses, especially those of the Golden Age, but it updates the concept, without denigrating.

To the drawings we find Dean Ormston (except for two numbers made by Rich Thomas), who once again demonstrates an extraordinary versatility (also graphic) in the adapt to the situations put in by Lemire, with a play in the construction of the page, which makes the story even more effective.

The edition Bao contains the classic extra volumes of comics USA, with covers and pencils of different numbers.

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