Black Hammer #3

Black Hammer #3

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 21, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 14
9.1Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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Long before Spiral City's greatest heroes were written out of their universe, the Martian champion Barbalien was already stranded far from home. Disguised as churchgoing Mark Markz in the timeless farming community where the heroes find themselves trapped, Barbalien faces a terrifying personal decision, even as he relives his painful past!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Sep 12, 2016

    The word is out, Black Hammer is a success and a must-have comic. Fortunately it looks as ifwell be getting more character backstories before its over too. And, besides the obvious question of where the heroes are trapped and whether theyll manage to escape, readers have got to be wondering about an evenbigger mysterywho and where is Black Hammer? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Sep 20, 2016

    I wasn't too excited about Black Hammer's premise at first but the all-star creative team has surpassed my expectations. This issue is as great as the last one. I really can't recommend this book enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Sep 21, 2016

    The story continues to move forward, diving deeper into characters and raising the stakes for the family as a unit. From the cover of issue #4 it looks like Abe will be getting the background treatment next, and as for rest of the family, it looks like there might be some hope for them yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Sep 21, 2016

    We're so glad that we'll be exploring the backstories of other characters before the series is over, as each character truly carries enough weight to spend an issue with – allowing Lemire to truly dig into what made them the person/alien/robot they are today. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Sep 21, 2016

    An absolutely fascinating dive into Barbalien, who before this issue was Black Hammer's least focused-on characters. We see so many different sides as we follow a character stuck "hiding in plain sight."  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 22, 2016

    Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston deserve a huge amount of credit for not only finding a compelling new take on the superhero genre, but crafting what has quickly become one of the best superhero books on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Anderson Sep 14, 2016

    With each new issue of Black Hammer, Im learning more and more about this world, the characters and their personal stories. Its an interesting world, filled with complex personalities that have a lot to reveal and space to grow. Im excited with where this story is going and I look forward to learning more about what is going on and where it is all headed. There is mystery and intrigue littered throughout this story and I look forward to piecing together this cryptic puzzle and discovering more about this world and the characters within it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Sep 20, 2016

    Black Hammer is the Russian Doll of comics. It's a comic about comics, written by comic book fans, for comic book fans and is based on all comics. It's unashamedly obvious in its references, and by not trying to be too clever about this it gives the reader an unmistakable thrill in discovery rather than being a cheap knock off. Additionally, Jeff Lemire is weaving a touching and honest story about these five trapped characters, all dealing with their own unique demons and you can't help but invest in this. I said in my opening paragraph this was potentially on of the best things Jeff has written to date and it is, but it could so easily by THE best thing he's written. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 21, 2016

    Black Hammer continues to deliver exactly what I'm looking for with this type of book. I enjoy these takes on superheroes as it just clicks for me in a really big way as one of the subgenres of comics. With the focus on Barbalien, showing his world and some of his backstory that explains his approach to dealing with things, he feels very fleshed out in just a little bit of space and makes you wish there were rafts of back issues to dig into that showcases his journey on Earth – and before on Mars. I definitely want more of what's going on outside of all of this, the why of it's happening, but I'm just adoring the character explorations Hopefully this is all just the start to something that this team can revisit for years to come after the main story is done as I can definitely see wanting to fill in the blanks to a lot of it with some creativity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Sep 22, 2016

    "Black Hammer" is a book that deserves all the hype it can possibly get. This is great work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Bruce Cook Sep 22, 2016

    Black Hammer is Lemire at the top of his game. He clearly has a love for the characters he based his cast on. Now, he's playing around in his own sandbox with excellent results. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Sep 15, 2016

    Issue three is all about Barbalien and his story is particularly good. I'm still hesitant about the series as a whole, but this issue is worth a read just for Mark Markz origin story alone. The art has its moments with some nice scenery shots and some action panels, but the character faces are still underwhelming. The series still has a lot of potential even after the plot has slowed down. Read Full Review

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