Incoming: BLACK HAMMER SECRET ORIGINS (Vol. 1)

The first collection of the BLACK HAMMER series just arrived, containing issues 1 to 6. I believe this is the only continuing series I’ve ever lettered for Dark Horse, and I signed on because I liked the creative team and the proposal I got, and thought it would be fun to work on. It is, and I’m enjoying the stories and art immensely. If you haven’t given this title a try, here’s a great way to do it. Jeff Lemire describes it as a mix of old-school superhero comics and his own work on titles like ESSEX COUNTY and SWEET TOOTH. I’d say that’s about right. Each issue here contains an origin story of sorts, with characters that will seem somewhat familiar but with an overlay of weirdness that permeates the entire series. It has what I think are some brilliant moments, and Dean Ormston’s art has never looked better, in my opinion. Dark Horse’s website says it’s on sale March 29th.

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