Black Hammer, Vol. 1: Secret Origins

Black Hammer Vol Secret Origins 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 Dr

  • Title: Black Hammer, Vol. 1: Secret Origins
  • Author: Jeff Lemire Dean Ormston Dave Stewart
  • ISBN: 9781616557867
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 freeOnce 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

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    1. I didn't necessarily dislike this first volume, but for the most part, there was a whole lotta nothing happening for the vast majority of the issues.Alright, so basically each issue features one of the main characters, focuses on their individual problems, and gives a bit of their origin story. The backstories all look a bit old-timey - golden age, silver age, whateveryou get the drift. <--I liked it.It wasn't really until the end when I got to Madame Dragonfly's stuff that I found myself int [...]

    2. Picked this up because I've read work by Jeff Lemire before and enjoyed it. I wasn't disappointed. The writing, characterization, and worldbuilding were all top-notch. It's got superheroes in it, but it's not a superhero comic in any conventional way. Like most good stories, it's all about the characters. It's just that some of them happen to have cool powers. Best of all, it doesn't require any previous knowledge of existing mythologies to make any sense.If I had to describe it, I'd say it's so [...]

    3. Very entertaining! Black Hammer is kind of an old school comic that mixes some elements of the golden age comics like The Escapist and characters loosely inspired by the big ticket ones like Invincible, with a brilliant original story. The superheroes are stranded in a sort of para-reality for reasons not quite explained in this first volume. Abraham Slam, Barbie, Dragonflyally clever fun names. After an initial introduction, we have some vignettes to fill in backstory to the principal character [...]

    4. 4ish stars.Combining retro superhero comics with modern indie sensibilities, this first volume is seriously cool. First of all, superheroes, duh, who doesn't love superheroes?! These superheroes, however, have a lot more in common with the Golden Age heroes of old than with the ones we see on big screens across the world. Each issue in Secret Origins focuses on a different character's backstory in this mysterious "family" of heroes. To be honest, we're really only given the briefest of hints at [...]

    5. Read twice now, this is still one of my favorite Jeff Lemire comics for its world-building, humor, and sentimentality. This is a love letter to superhero comics. By examining the origin of these borrowed characters and forcing them into his classic rural existentialism, Lemire somehow humanizes and emboldens them. He examines Golden Age comics, horror comics, comic tropes like DC’s “Crisis,” and characters that are akin to Adam Strange, Mary Marvel, Captain America, Martian Manhunter, Rave [...]

    6. Superheroes are transported to a mysterious farm and get new identities for no reason - and that’s Black Hammer! You know what this title needs? A STORY! This first volume is all table-setting which is mostly why it’s so unsatisfying. Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston introduce their Golden Age superheroes, all of whom are derivative knockoffs of more famous characters: Abraham Slam (Captain America), Colonel Randall Weird (Doctor Strange), Talky-Walky (a generic robot), Mark Marz/Barbalien (J’ [...]

    7. I initially picked this book up because I loved the cover. I went into it with some degree of wariness and cynicism, though, because it looked like yet another Watchmen wannabe book.While it does hold up a funhouse mirror to the superhero genre, I really enjoyed it because it isn't attacking or ridiculing the genre but rather shows great affection for it. There were enough twists and turns to keep me interested. Also, there's that artwork!Considering Dean Ormston drew this while recovering from [...]

    8. If you love that Jeff Lemire trademark formula of loneliness and hopeless yearning induced by separation of worlds, mixed with a healthy dose of weird family/lover drama, you will definitely love Black Hammer. And its first volume is a slow-paced and carefully written introduction to a team of superheroes who somehow are "imprisoned" in a country town in what might be another universe. Secret Origins focuses on the what and the who about the characters, while deliberately postponing the answers [...]

    9. I didn't know what to think about this series, but saw a lot of my friends on GR reading it. I figuredwhy not? I am glad I did.This is a weird tale about a bunch of Golden Age Super Heroes that saved the earth, but somehow managed to get trapped on a farm in a country setting that they can not leave. Their struggle to fit into a small town life that they are ill suited for. The entire team is composed of semi-misfits from a Martian warlord to a 55 year old woman with Shazaam-like powers trapped [...]

    10. Lemire is well know name in comic book world and since I started wonderful Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars I been curious about other work. Was Descender just a fluke, moment of inspiration of otherwise mediocre writer, or do we truly quality writer. Currently I'm leaning heavily towards the latter. Black Hammer is combination two very different things, golden/silver age superhero comics and character driven drama. This graphic novel menages to give courteous nod to many classic superhero comics wh [...]

    11. Black Hammer, Jeff Lemire's new indie book, is yet another take on the superhero genre. It's not bad, but it's not very original. The comic is about a team of Golden Age superheroes who got stranded in some kind of a village as a result of a crisis-like event. There is no actual explanation of what happened, but in each issue we get to see characters' lives before and after the event. The after part is actually the best part of the story — even though their life in this village as a pretend fa [...]

    12. As Lemire says in the afterword, this is Essex County meets superheroes. Take all of the loneliness and isolation of his rural indie comics and insert superheroes. Our "family' of superheroes have been trapped in this little Canadian farm town for the last 10 years after fighting a Crisis-like event. Each issue concentrates on one member of the family and the book as a whole could be considered an introduction to our cast. Each character is an homage to a character or genre from the Golden Age. [...]

    13. Black Hammer is in the first volume Jeff Lemire’s love letter to superhero comics, particularly the Golden and Silver Ages of comics. He does superhero work for the comics Big Houses that I have never much been able to fully appreciate. Not enough heart. Flat dialogue that doesn’t quite fit. I prefer his indie northern Canadian farm comics, sad, anguished, father-son focused, family focused, though I also like his indie sci-fi stuff like Descender and Trillium, where he gets that sad heart t [...]

    14. Wow, I really enjoyed this one. Just when you think you've seen everything in the superhero genre, it's awesome that a writer like Jeff Lemire can come along with an original story that feels fresh.You know in superhero comic book universes when a big epic crossover crisis happens because the publisher wants to reset continuity and get rid of particular characters that won't fit into the new mold? When a God-like being threatens existence itself and some of our heroes sacrifice themselves to sav [...]

    15. Masterpiece, engaging, memorable, these are the words that comes to mind when thinking about this volume, this book not only pays homage to a lot of the golden age comics, it also elevates the medium to a higher ground, works like these are the reason I love comic books so much, don't miss it.

    16. [Read as single issues]Say what you want about Jeff Lemire and superhero comics (and there are things to say) but when he does it right, he does it really right. Black Hammer is great stuff.Whenmething (?) happens, trapping a group of superheroes in a farm town that they can't ever leave, they have to adapt to civilian life where no one can know their secrets. It goes about as well as you can expect. Each character is a parody of a different superhero, mostly DC heroes like Shazam and Martian Ma [...]

    17. Well, it's been a long time since I read a comic book, but this one had been getting rather stellar reviews, so I figured I'd give it a shot.I get a somewhat "Watchmen" vibe from this, though not at the same level. It's more "adult" than standard comic stories, and a little subversive. Yes, it's still a superhero tale, except our heroes are essentially incognito and laying low. It's not a witness protection type deal, but they are somehow stuck on a farm in a rural community. And not all of them [...]

    18. Intriguing and fun! As Lemire explains in his Afterword, this story was originally conceived back when the notion of his working in the mainstream superhero genre was too fantastic to take seriously. Black Hammer is a love letter to the genre steeped in the indie sensibilities of his early Essex County work. Once they were superheroes, saving Spiral City countless times from the forces of evil. After a climactic battle with the evil known as Anti-God, there was a flash of light, and they found t [...]

    19. Now I know how Superboy Prime felt.World: The art is fantastic, it's moody, the tone is informed by the muted art and the colors just ground it so well. This is not drawn like a superhero book at all. The world building is fantastic, it's slow, it's measured and it's all character driven. We see the world through the eyes and the context of the team and the pieces we see are truly a love letter to comic books and mainly DC comics which is my thing. Beautiful, haunting and small. I love the quiet [...]

    20. WHAT THE HECK! Why did it take me so long to follow everyone's recommendations and read this? Such amazing takes on classic comic characters (slightly tweaked). Lemire strikes again, telling amazing stories and tearing into your heart as per usual. I love the art here as well. Everything pays a beautiful homage to comics early days.

    21. So the first book I finished in the new year I guess it’s good for it to be a 3-star book so I won’t expect 2018 to be a good or bad year for books. But Lemire only getting 3 stars wowWhat’s it about?A group of superheroes from a different world get in an accident when fighting a villain and end up on Earth where things are kinda s***ty for them.Pros:The story idea is interesting and unique.I didn’t like the art in issue 1 but it gets better.At first I didn’t care for the characters bu [...]

    22. What would happen if a superhero team were trapped in an alternate dimension that resembles a small country town in America? That's the basic premise behind this book. We find out that some are on the edge of going crazy, while others have adjusted to their new settled life. All of the characters are obvious archetypes, so it's interesting to see a different interpretation of familiar characters. I particularly liked the issue that focuses on Madame Dragonfly because it is written in the style o [...]

    23. Jeff Lemire writing an indie superhero title in the vein of a Golden Age comic book?Yes, oh so very much, YES, please!All of Lemire's classic themes are here. Loneliness, desperation, isolation, and a dark and twisty sense of humor.Throughout the course of these first 6 issues, we slowly learn the backstory of our heroes and why they are who they are today. It's very engaging and keeps you turning the pages until there are no more pages left to turn.A wonderful first book in what promises to be [...]

    24. I really liked the first issue of this one--Lemire just draws us in so quickly and his story has a lot of promise. Unfortunately, I think it started to drag a bit after that. It might have been a mistake to start out by giving each character an origin issue, without really building the larger story in more detail. It's basically a mash-up of his indie comics, like Essex County, with more mainstream superhero stuff, and I will definitely be looking forward to the next volume. But some of these or [...]

    25. Never thought I'd say it, but there's something left to be say in deconstructed superhero stories. Whoda thunk.

    26. Read in single issues.A light, tragic parody/reflection/ode to Golden Age comic book heroes, with GREAT characters.

    27. Esta es una colección que Jeff Lemire ha estado madurando durante muchos años hasta que llegó el momento de hacerla realidad, cuando empezó a pensar en esta historia, Lemire aún no era autor a tiempo completo, y no se imaginaba que nunca podría llegar a guionizar a los superhéroes de Marvel y DC, así que decidió crear una historia de superhéroes completamente suya a lo largo de los años muchas cosas han ido cambiando en su cabeza y finalmente aquí tenemos el resultado, una mezcla de [...]

    28. The Golden Age heroes of Spiral city have been banished from existence. Now they pass the time in a quiet farming community, cut off from the world they once knew .The six of them endure being cast off differently, between lunacy, depression and acceptance. And whatever happened to Black Hammer who seemingly vanished while trying to escape ?Unable to escape from their environment, the former heroes try to maintain appearances with the locals while elsewhere (or elsewhen?) Black Hammer's daughter [...]

    29. Black Hammer mixes an ongoing modern-day plot with a buffet of comics pastiches from 40s Captain Marvel to 70s schlock-horror. But the era it most recalls is the 90s - in spirit, this is very similar to Alan Moore's ABC line and his Supreme run; the same mix of affection and implicit critique. This kind of stuff is a shoo-in for critical acclaim - it's both clever in its own right and flattering to dedicated comics fans - and Jeff Lemire approaches it with a lot of heart, which is enough to over [...]

    30. I loved this! Basically we just learned a tiny background about who the 'heroes' are, what their life is like now, and that they can't leave the town. We see what happens when 'heroes' have forced retirement and are trapped not only in a town, but in their own bodies as well. Some of them have lost their superpowers or are losing their minds, while others are dealing with more domestic problems (dating. . . and also being a Mars alien and potentially gay and trying to date while dealing with bot [...]

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