Black Hammer #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 35
9.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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  A new story from the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Descender), amazingly realized by Dean Ormston (The Sandman) and Dave Stewart (Hellboy)!
Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City-Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien-now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

  • 10 - John McCubbin Jul 19, 2016

    Black Hammer #1 is a must have comic, with the creative team delivering something unlike anything we've seen before. Not only do they introduce us to this narrative in a bold and gripping manner, but they also add tons of heart and emotion as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jul 21, 2016

    Lemrie, Ormstron and Stewart's work on Abraham Slam is worth buying, reading and adoring this series, alone. With a top-billing group like that, this story, art, colors and tone do not disappoint.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Connor Stonesifer Jun 28, 2016

    Equally, the heroes of BLACK HAMMER seem unsure of their places in a new and changed landscape. The struggle of finding their purpose (or learning they have none) after the cataclysm in Spiral City looks to be an epic journey, and I can't wait to know more. As a reader of BLACK HAMMER, I know you will experience a comic that is thoughtful, artistically beautiful, and ultimately worth every minute you put into reading it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 27, 2016

    The first issue of Black Hammer is a fantastic read that did all it needed to do to hook me on the series. It introduces an all new group of heroes that span multiple ages of comics history. Lemire, Ormston and Stewart have created one of my favorite premiere issues of the year so far, right up there with Dark Horse's other solid first issue, Dept. H. I can't recommend this issue enough. It's truly a must read! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Jul 20, 2016

    Black Hammer#1 is imaginatively exhilarating. This is a world I cannot wait to dive into again and again, revisit, and share with friends. Lemire has done it again, collaborating with some incredibly talented artists in Ormston, Stewart, and Klein to create a powerfully exciting book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Mike Fugere Jr. Jun 29, 2016

    Lemire and Ormston do a great job of bringing this group of odd-ball characters to life, and they immediately make us root for them (or question their motivations). The writing and art are sharp and the setup is simple, yet intriguing. Black Hammer #1 is an amazing first issue and has all the potential in the world to become a great series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 26, 2016

    Black Hammer #1 is a great start to a series that I can't wait to keep reading.  Jeff Lemire has captured such a diverse bunch of genres and molded them into a comic that feels like something that came out ages ago, yet still feels totally fresh.  I may be going out on a limb here, but this feels like the start of a classic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Jun 22, 2016

    Its obvious the creative team behind Black Hammer loves comics and they intend to build on the things they love most about them as homage. This is a wonderful book. Whether it ultimately ends up being a deconstruction of atypical superhero team stories, or if it continues to add new layers, only one question remains after issue #1: Will Black Hammer allow the world that has been introduced to us so far to go on, or will the endcoincidewith the series own lifespan? Anyway, here's hoping that doesn't happen for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jul 20, 2016

    This comic is a breath of imaginative air and is fascinating from start to finish. We cannot wait to indulge further inthe world ofBlack Hammer in upcoming issues, and it's a series we'll be recommending to our friends. Give it a read, and let us know if you feel the same! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Jun 22, 2016

    One of my favorite things about comics with New stories is that anything can happen, and that's the feeling I get from this book. Lemire is not required to fit this story into any particular continuity, so it feels like the beginning of an exciting ride that could go any number of unexpected places. I don't know about you, but I'll be strapping in and waiting in white-knuckled anticipation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 19, 2016

    Though not as flashy as some debuts, Black Hammer #1 is still a great debut from a creative team that seems to be in lock step about the kind of story they want to tell. Unhindered by the need to delve into what it means to be a hero or the tendency to poke fun at Silver Age silliness, Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart deliver a debut that is structurally sound and packed with the kind of dark allure that one would expect from Dark Horse Comics. Simply put, Black Hammer #1 isn't blockbuster filmmaking, but the indie drama that stays on your mind long after the credits have rolled. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Anderson Jul 1, 2016

    Black Hammer is shaping up to be an interesting and enigmatic adventure. In its first issue it already offers us drama, mystery and intrigue, packaged as a unique take on a different kind of superhero comic. The story is interesting, the art is ethereal and Im definitely looking forward to stepping back into this strange world and uncovering the mysteries it holds. Please do not hesitate to read this comic. I believe it has a lot to offer and will continue to do so. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Jul 19, 2016

    For fans of Twin Peaks and Kingdom Come alike, this is a book you'll want to get on board with from the very first issue, before sitting back and getting comfortable for what promises to be one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 20, 2016

    Black Hammeris a book that's shrouded in mystery. It's unclear where these characters came from, why they're where they are, and where the book is going from here. But every mystery presented in this issue is one that I find intriguing – especially since they concern a cast of characters I already love. Based on this issue alone, I'm ready to say I'm along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 20, 2016

    Lemire teases and tantalizes for the most part here with what's going on, not giving us any direct answers or ideas but hitting enough aspects so that you want to know more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 27, 2016

    There is a fair bit of background detail, adding to the realism of the story. Overall, though, the artwork isn’t too realistic. The entire issue has a mysterious tone to it, like we’re supposed to be waiting for something disastrous to happen. Following this unorthodox family as they live their everyday lives is actually quite interesting, given the scope of different personalities and characterizations. Things are only going to get more exciting, though, when the secret of their location and identities is threatened. The suspense is killing me! Read along to see how these heroes handle the next part of their lives together as a team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Jul 13, 2016

    I think we have a hit on our hands. It's one of those stories that immediately pulls the reader in with its original characters, authentic drama and subtle humor that Lemire slips in throughout the storyline. Despite it being an introductory issue, it's readable and easy to follow, but still manages to hint at the series' hidden depth. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 20, 2016

    If you think there's no room left in your life for another superhero comic, Black Hammer #1 might just prove you wrong. This series races right out of the gate, focusing on fleshing out its strong cast rather than becoming fixated on the background and history of the universe. The gloomy art style further establishes this as a very different breed of superhero book. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Project-Nerd - Erica Jul 6, 2016

    Visually, the work is well done too. The art is gritty, eye-catching, and at times terrifying. Take the sheriff of the small farming town. The visual portrayal Ormston and Stewart give readers perfectly captures the malice and jealousy this character has already displayed. In fact, all of the character have displayed ampleemotion and personality within their expressions. It truly livens up the characters. Overall, I am looking forward to seeing more of the Black Hammer series. The story is definitely there and the art is stellar. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - Voidspanker Aug 3, 2016

    Overall, Black Hammer #1 is a comic that many will enjoy. It plots a mystery of what happened to these superheroes, and what they surrendered to keep it that way. While the art mimics the feeling of the world and an earlier golden age of comics, it may be a turn off for readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Mike Romeo Jun 22, 2016

    This issue gets an enthusiastic recommendation from me. I'm hyped to see how the series shakes out! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    FanboyNation - Aug 1, 2016

    Black Hammer #1 is shows that there are different kinds of superhero books, and this is definately one of them. It kind of gave me the feeling that it could have almost been an alternate take on The Watchmen Except also an alternate future of them all retiring together and trying to live there peacefully. The issue ends letting us know that this is now the 10th anniversary of them saving Spiral City. And someone, somewhere off in a bigger city is going to come out and try to prove their existence and find them. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Jul 24, 2016

    The art by Dean Ormston has an rich old time style feel to it. The issue manages to showcase the person under the mask instead of the masked part of their life, which adds a bit of mystery to it all. While the art does show some brief flashbacks to that time, they do leave one a little curious as to the individual backstory. I'm curious to see if they manage to bring some of that in both the story and the art as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jul 20, 2016

    Part of the secret to Black Hammer having such a distinct tone and feel is down to the art though. Dean Ormstons art unites very disparate types of comics characters into whats actually a unique whole throuhout the book. While there is some stretching allowed to give you flashes of different flavors to where these characters would stand in comics history, theres also an element of that same distinctive feel being neutralized in the more grimy world, which is also thanks to Dave Stewarts colors in making that happen. In terms of having an understanding of what type of story is being told here, the art complements the story and vice versa. While there are a great many superhero comics on sale, there arent many with a look with this distinction, or with a touch like Lemires in many DC or Marvel comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Jul 21, 2016

    It's hard to judge this issue in the strength of its story, since Lemire doesn't show us a lot of the characters' past or drops many hints about their future, but he does enough to craft intriguing relationships between them. The real strength of the book lies on its gorgeous art, Black Hammer has some of Stewart's best colouring work and Ormston's art isn't far behind. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Andy Gober Jul 20, 2016

    Black Hammer issue one lays the groundwork for a fantastic story to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 23, 2016

    This first issue was refreshing. It gave me hope that I might enjoy more of Lemire's superhero work and it's a step in the right direction for Dark Horse. Frankly, both the creator and publisher needed this book and after some unfortunate delays, it's here and it delivers on all fronts. Read Full Review

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