Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Wilfredo Torres Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 4, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 14
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Set in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series-but a thousand years in the future-a collection of superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, must band together to save the planet from an authoritarian regime. A young Martian must find a way to reform The Quantum League to save the world while solving the riddle of what happened to the great heroes of the twentieth century. Black Hammer creator Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics) is joined by Wilfredo Torres (Legion) in illustrating while Dave Stewart (Hellboy) adds his colorist skills to the mix.
o Based on Jeff Lemire's Eisner Award-winning series!

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 25, 2018

    This book, and in fact the whole Black Hammer range, are books for a simpler time, where heroes were heroes and bad guys were bad guys. Men were muscly and women curvaceous and nobody cared if be being that way carried a social impact. Comics were fun escapism. The fact that Lemire and company have successfully bridged that gap with old school style tales for a more jaded time, just shows how talented he and his compatriots are and maybe how much the world gone by is actually missed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Jun 27, 2018

    Time to bring Black Hammer into the world of tomorrow, today. Meet the Quantum League. A team unlike any other, bringing heroes together from all walks of life. But what happens when the fight is too much for them? What disastrous consequences await the valiant group? Loyal Black Hammer lovers will need to get a copy and find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Jun 27, 2018

    Jeff Lemire (Essex County) is the master at creating engaging fantasy landscapes, and he lays the foundation for another triumph withThe Quantum Age.The reader is immediately thrust into the peril of the present, treated to flashbacks of how we got here, and returned to the main plot of trying to get the band back together. Multi-Eisner Award winning artist Dave Stewart's work is always a treat to behold, with his muted style that draws the reader in, then blows their mind with his remarkable depth and attention to detail. Looks like the duo has another hit on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Zarik Khan Jul 5, 2018

    Jeff Lemire launches yet another spinoff in the rapidly expanding Hammerverse and takes us a thousand years into the future. While we are left with tons of questions in a setup issue, themes of racism, authoritarianism, and humanity's never-ending urge for exploration are deftly explored. Combined with serviceable art that follows the back and forth of the plot, this is a great start to a new chapter in the saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Mickey Durkin Jul 6, 2018

    Interesting concept and great first issue. Looking forward to seeing how the story and characters evolve and how the series will add to the already spectacular Black Hammer universe! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Jul 4, 2018

    The art of Wilfredo Torres fits nicely in with the Black Hammer art of series co-creator Dean Ormston. Torres' lines are less nuanced than Ormston's, but create a similar world. From what issue #1 delivers, I think I can say that this is another wonderful addition to the expanding Lemire-verse. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 4, 2018

    This opening installment certainly isn't bad but it feels like it's a little more convoluted than it needed to be as a more linear approach would have worked better in my mind. That said, it's a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what Lemire and Torres throw at us next. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Jun 27, 2018

    THE QUANTUM AGE is definitely the most "traditional superhero comic" of the BLACK HAMMER series so far, but it still has the heart and interesting characters that you've come to love from this world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jul 4, 2018

    Overall, I found this to be a highly engaging and entertaining introduction to this series. This is shaping up to be a compelling adventure that will hopefully continue to evolve in an unexpected and thrilling way. I'm particularly excited by the new characters, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they will influence the shape of this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Jul 5, 2018

    "The Quantum Age" has begun, for readers of "Black Hammer" it provides a different view into this ever expanding line of titles. For new readers it's self-contained riff on superheroes with a Silver Age wink and smile. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Jun 28, 2018

    Quantum Age #1 has a solid grasp of setting and characterization. The people and the places are very much alive. For anyone who's dissatisfied with any of the big two team books (but how could you not love them right now?), Quantum Age is an easy recommendation. Fans of dystopia, sci-fi, and Avengers or Justice League will feel right at home here, even if they've never read a Black Hammer comic before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Jun 28, 2018

    Lemire successfully contrasts the two time periods with elements that float apparition-like from the classic Adventure Comics era of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and the 'Five Years Later' Keith Giffen/Tom and Mary Bierbaum tales of LSH Volume 4. More, he delivers it in the heart-rending manner longtime comics fans familiar with the homage's source material have come to expect, poignantly and on-key. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Jul 8, 2018

    This is a vast canvas that Lemire is painting on and I don't think that it is advisable to skip any part of it, lest you miss out on some exciting or intriguing element of the overall mystery. Worth checking out for fans of the saga. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 8, 2018

    Quantum Age #1 is a solid setup issue for this send-up to the Legion of Superheroes. It pits the team and world against a xenophobic dystopia landscape partially of their own making. The artwork is solid, the story intriguing, and the book worthy of a recommendation. Feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 21, 2018

    Promisingly, the final pages hint at a stronger thematic link to the original Black Hammer series, but for the time being this feels like a slight misstep from a property that has pretty much redefined the world of creator-owned superhero comics. Ill still be sticking around to see if things improve, though. The pedigree of the creators justifies that, at least. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick Jul 11, 2018

    When it's all said and done, however, this story is, sadly, just largely forgettable. As soon as I was done reading it, I had a hard time recalling what had just happened in the book, and that's never a good thing. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that the story is just far too familiar to really jump out and grab you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jul 4, 2018

    While the story seems like a generic sci-fi action book set in an all-too-stereotypical dystopian future, Torres' art combined with bright, vibrant colors from Dave Stewart is a great combination with Lemire's plot. Read Full Review

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