Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Michael Walsh Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 10, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 29
8.6Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics present the ultimate superhero crossover event of 2019!  

A strange man arrives simultaneously on Black Hammer Farm and in Metropolis, and both worlds are warped as Starro attacks! Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more crossover with Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, and the rest of the Black Hammer gang!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 18, 2019

    Cross-company titles are always a novelty, but I am hard-pressed to think of one as true to itself and its sources than Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice. Leaning into the cinematic weirdness of Black Hammer, which is itself a sort of a love letter to the various subgenres of comics, as well as the mythic stakes of the Justice League, Jeff Lemire and Michael Walsh somehow pay loving tribute to both. All while delivering a welcome entry point for both franchises. Quite literally the best of both worlds (or multiverses?), that's Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Jun 22, 2019

    Jeff Lemire's writing for this issue is quite stunning, I felt myself thrown back to books like Marvels and Kingdom Come as references. Especially when we have the artwork by Michael Walsh and the lettering by Nate Piekos. These two talents come in and make the book come to life. It remains to be seen if the entire story will hit the same notes, but this one definitely has the potential, if it chooses. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 28, 2019

    The Justice League is now placed at the farm where the Black Hammer gang was trapped. And we get to see the beginning replayed but this time with Clark Kent in the "Abraham" role. It only gets crazier from there.Lemire writes one hell of a first issue. You can't peel your eyes away from it. It's fast paced and fun with a lot of surprises. The art by Michael Walsh is just incredible as well. This is a great first issue of a series I can't wait to continue reading. This is just tops. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Pat O'Malley Jul 20, 2019

    Overall, stellar first issue and Im eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this surreal team-up that I am still pleasantly surprised happened in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Jun 19, 2019

    A great first issue that sets up why the crossover is happening and introduces themes that would be interesting to see further explored. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 12, 2019

    While it could have very easily have ended up feeling like a cheap, superficial or slightly tacky gimmick crossover, this is actually anything but, with Lemire and Walsh putting together a sharp, thoughtful opening issue that promises much for the rest of this story. The world of Black Hammer has offered up some of the absolute best comics of the last few years, and this series has the potential to end up right there at the top of that list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 27, 2019

    Of course, this isn't the first time that DC and Dark Horse have gotten together; the Wonder Woman vs Conan book, prior to the latter returning back to Marvel, was a lot of fun. The first issue of this book, goes a long way to continuing that element of fun as an alternative to the more regular Justice League team, with the added spice of yesteryear. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 11, 2019

    I'm not sure if the first issue structure allowed Lemire to excel on the same level that he normally does, but he's set himself a strong foundation to explore these two groups and how they deal with their new realities in coming issues. And any time Lemire and Walsh do a comic together it's a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jun 23, 2019

    I loved this debut issue, and I am anxiously awaiting the second issue. This is history in the making, and if I were you, I would get in on the ground floor of this sure to be epic crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Jun 11, 2019

    If you have or have not been reading 'Black Hammer', then 'Black Hammer/Justice League' #1 is a must buy. It's a perfect introduction to this world for new readers AND it's thrown a wrench in the ongoing mystery for the longtime fans. It's truly the best of both worlds. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Jun 12, 2019

    You are definitely going to like this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Jun 24, 2019

    Black Hammer/Justice League #1 may not tread a whole lot of new ground, but the old ground feels just as fresh. The two properties are handled precisely and allow new readers to blend right in without feeling that they're missing out on something. While much of the actual crossover's quality will be dependent on the following issues, this is still a rock-solid start. It's the most fun I've had reading Justice League in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Jun 27, 2019

    The introduction issue is rocket fuel for our soaring imaginations. Lemire has a reputation for exceeding recommended absolute ceilings, to reach higher and brush stardust. This is a worthy ascent, one with his largest payload to date. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 10, 2019

    Thanks to balanced writing and fitting artwork, Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #1is off to an impressive start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Jul 14, 2019

    There is only one thing wrong with this issueits not longer. Seriously, I read through this issue and absorbed everything in about ten minutes. Give me more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Jul 10, 2019

    By the end of the issue, I was left wanting more, mainly because it felt this issue was a couple of pages too short. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 10, 2019

    I'm not expecting huge things from this storyline but I'm definitely expecting to get a fun time, great interpretations of both teams, and some pretty amusing looks at all of them in unexpected settings. It's a solid debut that has me curious for more when I was leaning away from sampling it at all since it was first announced. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jul 11, 2019

    The cross-company superhero crossover 'Hammer of Justice!' is off to a fun, interesting start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jul 16, 2019

    While a massive win for Lemire and the potential growth for his title, the crossover has little to no reason for ongoing readers to pick it up outside of curiosity. As it stands currently, this miniseries has left little to no reason to believe it will be contained within actual canon for the Black Hammer universe. While still only the first issue, many components of the series are left uncharted as the majority of this chapter served to introduce new readers to the Black Hammer universe and ultimately could change from this first impression of the title. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Rogues Portal - Jim Allegro Jul 3, 2019

    For fans of Black Hammer, the crossover is recognition of the following that has been steadily growing around Lemire's creation. And, the five-issue arc is a perfect opportunity for Justice League fans to introduce themselves to the indie comic. Read Full Review

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