Taking on the tone of a fairy tale story book, going so far as starting with “Once Upon a Time,” Lemire does a fine job of reintroducing the characters for new blood. The “Once Upon a Time” on any other story would feel obnoxious; here, since so much of the Black Hammer world is about what stories are, it makes perfect sense.
Lemire also introduces a curious, new (possible) villain, and about halfway through the story, that villain makes a move that throws everything into presumable chaos. The tone of this five-issue series feels a bit like a lark thus far, but, generally, anything Lemire writes, he writes for a reason. Considering the Black Hammer universe is so unexpectedly rich and complex on both a human and a metaphysical level, I’m expecting something really cool.
The one constant enigma in all of this is Colonel Weird - a hero for sure - someone who seems to see the beginnings, middles, and ends of everything (though not necessarily in that order) - but because of his fried and overwhelmed mind, he never quite knows what to do with it all. Also, everyone seems to keep making the mistake of not taking him seriously.
Anyway, this is a good start, and I look forward to this story unfurling over the next four months.
Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (writer), Michael Walsh (artist), Nate Piekos of Blambot (letters), Daniel Chabon, Michael McCalister (editors)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics and DC
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