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Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dean Ormston & Dave Stewart
Dark Horse $3.99
Matt C: With the likes of Descender at Image and Old Man Logan and Moon Knight at Marvel, saying Jeff Lemire is on something of a roll is a bit of an understatement. His creator-owned work has always been exemplary, but he seems to be a better fit with the Marvel Universe than the DC Universe, based on the outstanding work out the House Of Ideas at the moment, so what would happen if he mixed his indie sensibilities up with some solid superhero tropes? You get a comic like Black Hammer, one that takes all those familiar staples and takes them into unfamiliar territory. So yes, this is another loose Justice League analogue, but the situation Lemire puts this superteam in – trapped in a farming town – is fascinating, but more than that, what makes this an absolutely essential read, is the exceptional humanity the character’s display, the three-dimensional dynamics that bring the implausible into the realms of realism. Ormston’s art helps ground the fantastical in a mundane environment without making either element undermine the other, bringing that aforementioned humanity to the surface. Black Hammer is easily one of the impressive debuts of the year. Miss this one at your peril. 9/10