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Title:
Black Hammer
ISBN:
9781616557867

9781506701981

9781506703893
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017-
Physical Description:
volumes : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents:
V. 1 Secret origins [#1-#6] -- v. 2 The event [#7-#11] -- v. 3 Age of doom. Part 1 [#1-#5]
Summary:
"Wiped out of their superhero universe by a multiversal crisis, the forgotten heroes of Spiral City now live as a dysfunctional family on a mysterious farm in a small town from which they have no escape"--Back cover of Volume 1.

"When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City and its Golden Age heroes, everything changes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes and they make a new attempt to escape their strange prison"--Back cover of Volume 2.
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Once they were heroes, but the age of heroes 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 an idyllic, timeless farming village from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure! Collects Black Hammer #1-#6.

The first chapter in Jeff Lemire ( The Underwater Welder, The Complete Essex County, Animal Man ) and Dean Ormston's ( Lucifer ) acclaimed series!


Author Notes

New York Times Bestselling author, Jeff Lemire, is the creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth , Essex County , The Underwater Welder and Trillium . His upcoming projects include the original graphic novel Roughneck from Simon and Schuster, as well as the sci-fi series Descender for Image Comics (with Dustin Nguyen) and Black Hammer for Dark Horse Comics (with Dean Ormston). Jeff has also written Green Arrow , Justice League and Animal Man for DC Comics and Hawkeye for Marvel Comics. In 2008 and in 2013 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist. He has also received The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent and the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 8 Eisner awards, 7 Harvey Awards and 8 Shuster Awards. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son. The author lives in Toronto, ON., Canada.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lemire's best stories (the Essex County trilogy) are permeated with loss-his characters are always pining for something that once was and can never be again. While reveling in the pulp fantasies of silver age superhero comics and EC's lurid sci-fi/horror stories, this collection is as much a study of loneliness and isolation as it is a superhero deconstruction. It opens with six former superheroes who've been mysteriously trapped on a small farm for a decade. Each chapter, beautifully illustrated by Ormston (Lucifer) with eerie, stripped-down realism, explores each hero's identity, origins, and path to ending up on the farm. As the narrative unfolds, the haunting backstories add greater context and intrigue to the mysteries of the present. There's an astonishing clarity to the characters and their motivations amid what could easily become a convoluted backstory filled with interstellar exploration, multiverse travelling, alien diplomacy, and quiet farm life. If Black Hammer lives up to its early promise, it will deserve a place on the shelf right next to the Watchmen series. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Ever wonder what happens to those superheroes written out of continuity by the cosmic crises that routinely rewrite the fabric of fiction universes? For at least some of the heroes of Spiral City, the answer is that they find themselves trapped on a mysterious small farm in a quaint little town in a world much like our own, where they must pose as a decidedly dysfunctional family. For some, this new life is a blessing and a chance for a normal existence; for others, it's a curse they'll never stop trying to overcome. Writer Lemire (Roughneck) combines his talent for both high-concept sf and gothic tales of country living to craft a strange and melancholy tale of larger-than-life characters who are forced to reckon with what's left when their adventures come to an end. Ormston's (2000 AD) illustrations deftly capture both the uncanny and small moments of human drama that make this volume such a compelling and complex read. Verdict Lemire is the rare talent who is embraced by both mainstream and independent comics fans, and this title should have massive appeal for both.-Tom Batten, Grafton, VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.