Black Hammer, Vol. 2: The Event

Black Hammer, Vol. 2: The Event

When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to 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. - Jeff Lemire's (Descender, All-New Hawkeye) most earth-shattering wor...

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Title:Black Hammer, Vol. 2: The Event
Author:Jeff Lemire
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Black Hammer, Vol. 2: The Event Reviews

  • Wing Kee

    A beautiful melancholy tale.

    World: Fantastic art the tone is very must informed by it and it's fantastic. The world building continues to be both so nostalgic and fresh at the same time. It's Lemire's signature small town, it's a DC love letter. It'd beautifully tragic and brilliant.

    Story: A continuation of the slice of life of these heroes trapped where they are. It's the small stories, the past the present the emotions are all real and relatable. It's paced wonderfully and the overarching pl

    A beautiful melancholy tale.

    World: Fantastic art the tone is very must informed by it and it's fantastic. The world building continues to be both so nostalgic and fresh at the same time. It's Lemire's signature small town, it's a DC love letter. It'd beautifully tragic and brilliant.

    Story: A continuation of the slice of life of these heroes trapped where they are. It's the small stories, the past the present the emotions are all real and relatable. It's paced wonderfully and the overarching plot is heavy and full of consequence. I don't want to ruin anything but it's good. It's a quiet look at our hero analogs and a slow slow burn that gives the best vibes of the start of Kingdom Come but is it's own thing.

    Characters: All of them are beautiful tragic beings and their stories are true and real and raw, so good. I can't even explain how beautiful these characters are realized, they all are...yeah brilliant.

    That end, so good

    Onward to the next book!

  • Richard

    I enjoyed this second volume of

    even better than the great 1st volume! An unexpected visitor from the outside world has appeared on the farm, not only sparking a bit of hope for escape in our heroes but also sparking old memories. Similar to the first installment, it's structured by cutting back and forth between the present times and flashbacks to the past in our heroes' lives. But while in the first book, the flashbacks were used as introductions to our characters' origins, the on

    I enjoyed this second volume of

    even better than the great 1st volume! An unexpected visitor from the outside world has appeared on the farm, not only sparking a bit of hope for escape in our heroes but also sparking old memories. Similar to the first installment, it's structured by cutting back and forth between the present times and flashbacks to the past in our heroes' lives. But while in the first book, the flashbacks were used as introductions to our characters' origins, the ones here give us a bit more depth and insight into their present-day emotional state on the farm. And we find out more about who Black Hammer was and what led up to The Event!

    I've really fallen in love with the world and the characters that Lemire has conjured here, you can really feel the love he and Dean Ormstom have for the classic age superhero stories. But there is also a modern feel to the way he tells the present day story. There's some great new character details here that I really enjoyed, like a look into the early relationship of Colonel Weird and Talky-Walky, and a really fascinating love story with Golden Gail, the nature of which I feel we've never seen before. There are also some great moments with Gail and Barbalien. I also loved seeing life in the town from an outsider's perspective, and focusing on how some of our heroes have given up trying to escape and have accepted their new lives...and some haven't.

    I was truly bummed to find out that the series was cancelled by Dark Horse, especially after that cliffhanger! But then I got happy again when I learned that it was just part of a reboot and the story will continue this year with

    .

  • Paul

    Seriously great stuff; even the 'fill-in' issues are worth five stars. I love this book...

  • Chad

    Black Hammer's daughter arrives and she's not OK with being stuck on the little farm as the rest of our tragic heroes have been. While she investigates the town we delve deeper into each character's backstory. Lemire has done such a fantastic job of reintroducing these archetypes of our youth with just enough of a tweak to keep you coming back for more. Ordstrom's moody art fits the setting and I really enjoyed David Rubin's fill in issue for the origin of Talky-Walky. Rubin's is a Spanish artis

    Black Hammer's daughter arrives and she's not OK with being stuck on the little farm as the rest of our tragic heroes have been. While she investigates the town we delve deeper into each character's backstory. Lemire has done such a fantastic job of reintroducing these archetypes of our youth with just enough of a tweak to keep you coming back for more. Ordstrom's moody art fits the setting and I really enjoyed David Rubin's fill in issue for the origin of Talky-Walky. Rubin's is a Spanish artist who in the past year has started to make inroads here in America as his comics are translated to English. I love the retro 40's style animation vibe he brings to his comics. Jeff Lemire's cover for the Abraham Slam issue made me chuckle when he signed it as Lemirefeld.

    Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jedi JC Daquis

    With so many great titles in this comicbook era, it is easy to overlook this genius work written by Jeff Lemire. Black Hammer: The Event combines Lemire's themes of sadness, family and transcending yearning for love and acceptance with sci-fi and drama in this yet another great volume. Black Hammer's main strength is in the deep yet troubled personalities of the Golden Age heroes who were trapped in a strange rural town for a decade. The way they were written were so effective to me that I'd rat

    With so many great titles in this comicbook era, it is easy to overlook this genius work written by Jeff Lemire. Black Hammer: The Event combines Lemire's themes of sadness, family and transcending yearning for love and acceptance with sci-fi and drama in this yet another great volume. Black Hammer's main strength is in the deep yet troubled personalities of the Golden Age heroes who were trapped in a strange rural town for a decade. The way they were written were so effective to me that I'd rather read their sad (sometimes pitiful) stories rather than them figuring out a way to depart from the world they are trapped in.

    Oh and I enjoyed the filler backstory issues! Lemire has utilized the flashback technique very effectively and efficiently, tying up their past with their feelings and the things they are currently dealing with. It's like watching LOST, without the crappy ending (I hope Black Hammer doesn't end with that cork thing!)

    Black Hammer is also beautifully drawn by Dean Ormston. The melty faces and the eerie, almost barren spaces in the pages perfectly conveys the sadness and the mystery that envelopes both the town and the characters.

  • Donovan

    An almost Twilight Zone continuation of interpersonal drama, sharp dialog, black humor, and the increasingly exciting mystery of why the inhabitants of Black Hammer Farm can’t leave post-Crisis. The artwork is shared by David Rubin, whose cleaner style accommodates the vintage tone.

  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

    I love how happy this depressing story makes me.

    Holy shit. Talk about not catching a break. I mean really, Lemire, would it kill ya to just throw one of these characters a bone?

    Black Hammer is one of my

    that I get really excited for each month. Within these first two volumes, I have grown to care about each and every character in the book. I feel their plight, I feel their pains, and at times I almost feel guilty for taking so much joy in watching their tale unfold.

    This is a superhero book

    I love how happy this depressing story makes me.

    Holy shit. Talk about not catching a break. I mean really, Lemire, would it kill ya to just throw one of these characters a bone?

    Black Hammer is one of my

    that I get really excited for each month. Within these first two volumes, I have grown to care about each and every character in the book. I feel their plight, I feel their pains, and at times I almost feel guilty for taking so much joy in watching their tale unfold.

    This is a superhero book that I can definitely get behind!

  • David Schaafsma

    One of the best ongoing comic series, winner of the 2017 Eisner award for best ongoing series, based in part on the trust they had that this team would create a great story. Lemire seems increasingly to bring together two things he loves: 1) Realistic, character-driven stories based in the bleak and desolate northern Canadian towns he knows well, and 2) superheroes. It’s both a tribute to Golden Age comics for the geeky True Supe Fans, and an explanation to his Essex County fans about why these

    One of the best ongoing comic series, winner of the 2017 Eisner award for best ongoing series, based in part on the trust they had that this team would create a great story. Lemire seems increasingly to bring together two things he loves: 1) Realistic, character-driven stories based in the bleak and desolate northern Canadian towns he knows well, and 2) superheroes. It’s both a tribute to Golden Age comics for the geeky True Supe Fans, and an explanation to his Essex County fans about why these worlds belong together. It almost feels autobiographical to me, in a way.

    I liked the first volume set up, trusting a story would emerge, and it sort of begins to. All these superheroes with sad back stories are stuck on a farm in northern Canada: Abraham Slam, Colonel Randall Weird, Talky-Walky, Barbalien, Golden Gail, Madame Dragonfly. Okay, we’re still mainly in backstory here, but all of them in Lemire’s conception are deeply troubled people, true, carefully drawn characters, drawn also with heart by Dean Ormston (and one cute backstory of Walky Talky by David Rubin).

    In this volume the key event is that Lucy (ooh, what could her connection be to this group?!) shows up to nudge them to escape. She finds the nearby town to be A City That Always Sleeps, and in the library, all the books are blank, hmm. And this hammer. . . hmm, what superhero besides our Black Hammer also carries a hammer? Hmm. I fully expect this is going to be great, and so far it is very good. I say 4.5, fully expecting a 5 for the next volume.

  • Shadowdenizen

    4.5 stars.

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