Black Hammer #8

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 19, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 12
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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There's something unusual about the sleepy farming community of Rockwood: it's now the home of Spiral City's mysteriously vanished superheroes. But not by choice: they were banished to the town after a battle with the Anti-God, and now they're stuck within its boundaries. Lately, a new arrival in town has started asking questions, and she's discovering that its superpowered residents aren't the only strange thing about Rockwood . . .

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 19, 2017

    Black Hammer is Dark Horse's best title to date. It's everything you want from this style of story in that it's taking the golden age and adding modern darkness to it. It works incredibly well, especially when paired with the mystery of why these people are trapped and if they'll ever get back home. I know I'll be here to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 20, 2017

    Eight issues in, Ormston and Jeff Lemire have allowed readers to care about these fallen heroes as if they're lifelong friends. That, above everything else, is what makes this the best superhero comic on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Repairman Jack Apr 22, 2017

    With the story progressing it seems Black Hammer moves right back into the grooves of emotion I expect it to inhabit. Black Hammer is probably not for everyone, but if you enjoy the sadness and heartache that I've come to expect from the series this issue definitely kicks off the new arc with a kick to emotions. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 19, 2017

    Black Hammer continues to be one of my favorite books in general and it's the kind of thing I already can't wait to read in full when all is said and done. The opening arc brought a lot of things into focus and now we're digging into the details more, piece by piece, and it's becoming an even more chilling storyline. If you subtract the super powers you basically have a Twilight Zone kind of storyline going on here and it works very well just from that perspective. Lemire and Ormston continue to craft a larger tale here and each new piece of it that comes into focus is engaging, but it's the smaller stories that win me over from issue to issue. There's a lot to like here and I already liked Gail, but damn if this round of backstory just make her all the more a tragic figure that I'm really hoping finds a safe path out of this to what she deserves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Apr 20, 2017

    Lemire has stated that the series will only be about 18 to 20 issues, so we are already almost half way through. The uniqueness of this story, though, will certainly make readers wish there was no end in sight. He has done so much excellent character building by both past and current events in their lives that we have a strong connection to our heroes. If they are going to survive in the town much longer they are going to have to let go of whats holding them back. Otherwise they arent going to see the dangers around them until its too late. Absolutely grab this issue if you have been following along and if you havent then this would work as a jumping on point. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Apr 18, 2017

    Black Hammer #8 does lay to rest most of my concerns coming out of issue #7. Its back to being great, which I guess shouldnt be a huge surprise considering the precedent it set with the first six issues. More people should be reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Nicholas Palmieri Apr 20, 2017

    Another bittersweet, moving issue of Black Hammer. Check it out if youre looking for something different from normal superheroics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Apr 18, 2017

    A spooky and puzzling issue that leaves us with more questions than answers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - David Lee Martins Apr 19, 2017

    I give this issue a 4 out 5 rating. However, I highly recommend this entire series. It has been incredible and expertly paced. It's an extremely well written and drawn title that mixes mystery with touches of a Golden Age look and feel. The characters themselves are interesting homages on existing characters that make them familiar to you at first, especially if you are a long time comic book reader, but then the story takes them in an entirely different direction, which is grounded and told in a realistic, adult manner. Read Full Review

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