Black Hammer #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 19, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 34
9.2Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

In the forties, Abraham Slam faced such menaces as the psychedelic Florist and the eldritch Cthu-Lou without breaking a sweat. But keeping the heroes of Black Hammer Farm from each other's throats when his girlfriend comes to dinner proves far more perilous! Meanwhile, the Black Hammer's daughter uncovers new clues to the exiled heroes' disappearance!

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Oct 17, 2016

    Overall this issue has piqued my curiosity. Whilst a lot is slowly being revealed to us, there still remains a lot of unanswered questions, with more being added to the mix. I find the story and the characters both mysterious, complex and engaging. Im looking forward to seeing where Lemire is going to take the story and I cant wait until more is revealed to us about the Black Hammer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Oct 19, 2016

    That's it for this issue. Again, if you haven't picked this up already, please do. You're missing out. Unless you're waiting for that trade, in which case, stay strong. The time will come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Oct 20, 2016

    Things are consistently coming to light now and clues continually lead to revelations. As we approach issue #5 it seems certain that resolution is around the corner. We can also hope that conclusion is equally explanatory and gives us not only an answer to what happened, but also some indication of what comes next. Black Hammer nails it, and we cant wait to see whatgoes down next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Oct 20, 2016

    This is the most unconventional family in all of comics, and Lemire's script takes you from laughter to heartache and back again with ease. Seriously, how could anyone not love a comic that features a character named Punch Socklingham? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 20, 2016

    Though the central mystery of the series is still shrouded, Black Hammer #4 shows that its real strength lies in its characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Oct 19, 2016

    I've said this on previous reviews for this title but I'm not as invested in the meta-textual commentary, which this issue has a lot, as I am in the cast of characters. Thankfully, Black Hammer #4 goes a long way to show us a really interesting dynamic between this family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Oct 19, 2016

    Black Hammer is fast becoming one of my favourite titles. Its rare to find something that is so fun to read, yet still has an unmistakable gravitas to the story. The fantastic characters are delightful creations and there is a beautiful element of tragedy in each one (so far) that makes it surprisingly easy to invest in, and Im all in. Im finding it hard (so far), to pick something I dont like about Black Hammer. All I can come up with is the fact that I felt in this issue Im missing references to comics and characters that I dont know, although thats hardly something to get upset about, if anything it just makes me want to buy more comics! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Oct 19, 2016

    The artwork feels like a send-back to old fashioned comics, while making it feel fresh. The best bit of the art is the expressions seen (and ultimately, felt) through the characters themselves. Pair amazing writing with expressive art and you've got the recipe for greatness. Each character is beautifully messed up in their own way, and there's the dysfunctional family we never knew we wanted. Read Full Review

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

    If youre not reading Black Hammer, youre making a mistake. Unless, of course, you intend to get the trade(s) or hardcover(s) when those come out, in which case, youre fine. This seems like such an important book – one that well back on decades from now as a seminal superhero story. Get in on the ground floor of this one. Read Full Review

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

    Black Hammer is the best. It's that simple. The team here does excellent work and I can't wait to see where it's going to go next and what crazy and weird revelations will hit. I'm glad we got some quality time with Abraham with his background this time as it's going to factor into what's to come sooner rather than later, but it was the whole household and dinner sequence that just made me fall even more in love with this book. Fantastic stuff all around that I can't wait to get more of, which in itself feels like it will never be enough. Engaging, intriguing, wonderfully illustrated, and just damn fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Jan 1, 2017

    This is a solid series, but from Jeff Lemire I expect no less. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Bruce Cook Nov 11, 2016

    Black Hammer continues to be a really great read. Lemire is playing loose with familiar archetypes and the result is an imminently enjoyable comic book. For the fourth time in four months, if you're not reading this book you really should be! Read Full Review

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