Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual Capsule Review


Title:  Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston

Artists: Nate Powell (pages 1-4, 10,16,23,29,32-35) with colors by Dave Stewart;  Matt Kindt (pages 5-9) with colors by Sharlene Kindt;  Dustin Nguyen (pages 11-15) with colors by Dave Stewart;  Ray Fawkes (pages 17-22);  Emi Lenox (pages 24-28) with colors by Dave Stewart;  Michael Allred (pages 30-35)with colors by Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Todd Klein

Cover Artist:  Jeff Lemire with Dave Stewart

Review:  ★★★★☆

“Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City—Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien—now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!”

Annuals are unique because they like to take the best of all worlds and make something different. Jeff Lemire has taken his characters and put them in some strange tales, bending them through time and space. Most of the focus is on Colonel Weird. He has traveled to another dimension and is witness to events that occur to his teammates. The story reminds me of Heavy Metal and the green globe that traveled to different worlds. Black Hammer does the same thing, but with eyeball looking things. The individual stories are all interesting with different artists to set the tone. The story eventually brings our heroes together to create a unified ending. With time travelling stories things tend to get twisted, but Lemire does an excellent way of tying things up.

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