Black Hammer #2

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 17, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 27
8.7Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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The Golden Age heroes of Spiral City have been "erased" from existence! Banished years ago to a timeless farming community, the team are torn between accepting their fate and finding a way home! Chapter 2 focuses on child hero Golden Gail, whose unaging body most deeply feels the tragedy of their new lives.

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Aug 17, 2016

    Tell me what's wrong with this book. Go ahead, I'll wait. Just trust me. Buy this book. Lemire, Ormston and Stewart have something beyond special here.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Aug 19, 2016

    The best way to describe Black Hammer is it is a comic book written by comic book lovers for comic book lovers. This book makes you feel nostalgic for comics, with its cheeky homage to classic comic tropes and prototypes we all know and love while promising a fresh new twist awaiting all the true believers who see this series through to the end. This is a must read for all those of us who claim to be comic lovers or anyone who is looking for a great series as a first exposure to comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Aug 21, 2016

    If you were on the fence about Black Hammer after the first issue, I think you should definitely seek this book out. After reading this issue, there are very few comics that I'm as excited about as Black Hammer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Aug 17, 2016

    This is an excellent comeback for the creative team. After six months of not working together it's good to see a team hit the ground running. I can't wait to see what this team will do with the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5 - John McCubbin Aug 18, 2016

    Black Hammer #2 is an amazing continuation to this series, with the look into Gail's past being enthralling to say the least. Whilst doing this, the creative team also manage to expand on a couple of other characters, whilst teasing possible directions this series can go in. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Aug 17, 2016

    Overall,Black Hammer is still heading in a fascinating direction – in only 2 episodes we empathise with the characters and route for them to find success in anything they do. We want to know more about the event in Spiral City, and what is was that forced them into hiding. Mystery is ever-present, luring us in time and time again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 17, 2016

    Black Hammer continues to build the larger narrative of what's going on in the background as it explores the impact on the individual members. The connected nature of their lives is a thread that runs through it all, though this installment focuses mostly on Gail's past as Golden Gail and what she has to do to manage in this world to keep up the lie. I like all the little bits and pieces of it and the small but important expansions we get on the larger storyline that's playing out. While it's a familiar story to be sure, it's all about the execution that makes it work so well. And a big part of that is Ormston's artwork as he simply delivers panel after panel with great designs, camera angles, and just the detail of it all to really expand the mood of it. It's a very engrossing work that hits very quickly and has me eager for so much more of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Sep 12, 2016

    Can we admit the cover is awesome? The retro style is absolutely fantastic. It reminds me of the old Superman show I watched growing up. The overall art style by Dean Ormston is a nice balance of flashback style scenes and their present existence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 18, 2016

    This series is quickly proving that it's always possible to find a worthy new angle on the superhero genre. Black Hammer succeeds mainly because Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston are far more concerned with exploring their characters and their respective foibles than trying to shine a spotlight on the larger universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Anderson Aug 9, 2016

    Black Hammer #2 really does deliver and Im liking where it is headed. I already care about the characters and empathise with them and the hopeless situation that they are stuck in. I want to know more about them and learn more about the mystery behind what happened during that cataclysmic event in Spiral City that forced them into exile and changed all of their lives forever. Everything is shrouded in mystery and I just love the feeling that we are piecing together a damaged puzzle. Its gritty, exciting and Im looking forward to reading the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Aug 16, 2016

    I leave Issue #2 with a lot of questions, most of them involving the world and the ongoing plotline, but I'm far from unsatisfied. Yes, in a "normal" superhero comic we'd probably be much further along in our plot, but that's to the detriment of "normal" superhero comics. How these characters are reacting and dealing with being stuck is far more compelling than why and how. Its what makes this comic absolutely amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Bruce Cook Aug 25, 2016

    Lemire is at the top of his game here. He's clearly enjoying riffing on characters we know and love while giving them his own unique spin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Aug 9, 2016

    Fact is, glorious battles aside, learning more about characters during the flashbacks definitely informs their current, present day frustration, stress and sadness. Perhaps weve become too accustomed to what a superhero comic should be. If so, then this book, especially issue #2, does a great job at using some very familiar aspects in order to reprogram readers on what to expect from a comic book. After all, those Golden Age scenes (and the ones that follow) feel more like a look back at old comic book back issues rather than a true flashback or a characters memory. Are we in store for a sort of meta-universe-experience? Perhaps it's as simple as ‘nothing is what it seems.' Either way, you gotta love it when a comic makes room for endless speculation. Anything can happen, anything may have happened already, and its recommended that everyone stay tuned and keep picking up the monthlies in order to find out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Aug 17, 2016

    Black Hammer #2 continues to set the pace for the series: a very dark team with a subtle heart laying just beneath the surface. Jeff Lemire's vision for each character is quite clear but still readers know almost nothing about them. The mystery behind each future story unfolding will be the driving force behind this book's success. The only concern readers may have is the lack of action, but this isn't that kind of comic book. The action explodes when necessary, but we're here more for the characters and story. I have faith in Jeff Lemire successfully navigating the mine field of comic book tropes doing a book like this, and I can't wait to see where he takes us. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 22, 2016

    A truly enjoyable trip through some less than enjoyable struggles. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Aug 16, 2016

    Black Hammer debuted as a healthy balance of old and new concepts and while it can be considered an homage to the Golden Age of comics, this particular issue loses some of its magic with the lack of original material. However, we gain more insight into Gail's backstory and information surrounding why the team is forced into the such a lifestyle. This is still a series to keep on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan Aug 22, 2016

    Though Black Hammer #2 is indeed a fun read and Dean Ormston's unwavering talent is evidenced in every panel, I wish Lemire had used Gail's backstory to further the plot or at least reveal a tad more of the mysterious circumstance that has locked our heroes in this rural universe. After the suspenseful conclusion to issue #1, this month's installment feels a little tangential, though it's a tangent I still highly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 13, 2016

    In short, Black Hammer #2 does a wonderful job of balancing familiar heroes in a Dark Horse Heroes Mignolaverse-style world, and does so with some truly impressive art and characters that you care about. Read Full Review

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