Black Hammer #7

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 24
8.5Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

Joe Weber: the Black Hammer. A hero from the Spiral Slums. A husband. A father. Gone without a trace. A visitor from the outside world arrives on the farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes.

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Donald Edmonds Mar 22, 2017

    I had to fight back tears reading this. I read that Lemire wanted a bit of humor in this series, but Black Hammer #7 hit on some emotional heartstrings for me that seem to be getting plucked more often nowadays with some recent movies as well as just the personal struggles of getting old, feeling stuck, and looking back on more days than you can count and rethinking your decisions. Having said that, I think it's amazing what Lemire has done. He took a concept of superheroes that time somehow forgot, and gave them a crisis of character, which is: what do they do in a world that doesn't need them? That coupled with the art style of Ormston and coloring of Stewart were enough to take me on an emotional roller coaster ride that, as painful as it may be to get on, may be more therapeutic to experience than to not having ridden at all. Needless to say, I will be purchasing the previous issues and look forward to more! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 29, 2017

    Black Hammer is my favorite Dark Horse comic on the shelves today, and rightfully so. It is a super hero epic that shows the human side of these larger than life characters, which allows for us, the readers, to connect that much more. If you havent given it a shot yet, now is the time to jump on board with Black Hammer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Mar 14, 2017

    Black Hammer #7 delivers an emotional dose of reflective storytelling. Joe Webers story is a sad one and it leads to a sad conclusion. Im curious to discover more about Lucy and her journey to the farm and whether this renewed hope will eventuate into something more. Knowing that the hammer must never fall and that someone must always wield it has me intrigued with what will transpire next. Im curious and excited for what the next issue will reveal and looking forward to learnning more about this mysterious story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 22, 2017

    The return of Black Hammer is definitely welcome and focusing on the character of Black Hammer even more so. Digging into his past reveals some familiar beats that are executed well as Ormston provides for some very fun pages and layouts to deal with his past and early adventures, as well as the creativity of the Kirby inspired material. At its core is the story of a father and daughter and the separate that exists because of what they've gone through. It's a very solid issue that brings more things into the picture in a clearer way while still holding back enough for some twists and turns ahead that I'm looking forward to discovering more of. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Aug 20, 2017

    Artist Dean Ormston manages amplify the Kirby influence of Black Hammer's origin. Yet as the past and present switch places, it is clear he manages to distinguish each setting with great ease. The issue uses a mix of golden age and silver age art techniques for the past while using a more modern art style for the present. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Mar 21, 2017

    This series delivers another solid chapter giving us one heck of an emotional read. We get some superb storytelling in Black Hammer's origin and our current timeline moves along nicely as well. I can't wait to see if something in Lucy's story will offer our Rockwood gang a clue on how they can escape their predicament. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Levi Remington Mar 22, 2017

    Black Hammer is a terrific series. Lemire is doing top-notch character work while Ormston and Stewart are executing some lovely and expressive art. However, this issue was not as strong as what we've come to expect. I'm not sold on the Black Hammer character, and I think they may have been leaning too hard into his death for drama, but I'm looking forward to see how the creative team develops newcomer Lucy. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 23, 2017

    Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston devote the majority of this issue to fleshing out the background of the fallen Black Hammer and the bond he shared with his daughter. The story is executed well, as usual, with the creators doing an excellent job of making readers care for a hero who had little direct role in the series before now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 18, 2017

    Although necessary and full of important information this issue comes off a little emotionally disjointed. That and some confusion due to art choices involved in a particularly important moment led me to be a little disappointed in this issue. Enjoyed enough, but without the emotional resonation it's hard to say I liked it near as much other issues. Read Full Review

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