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Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff…

Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event

by Jeff Lemire

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This is a very well done wallow in comic book superhero nostalgia. I'm still not sure how this will appeal to anyone who is not a middle-aged fanboy like me who read almost everything DC published in the '70s and '80s. Even I'm having a little trouble with the pacing, as a plot development obvious from the first few pages doesn't occur until the last page of the story. The pages in between are fine, but in general I'm losing patience with stories that want to look at the past through a dark, cracked lens and reinvent my childhood heroes as losers and villains. I understand the impulse, but as a middle-aged fanboy, I have seen this grim and gritty recasting way too many times for it to seem shocking, novel or imaginative anymore.

Oh, I also threw in some demerits for invoking Jack Kirby's Fourth World. I hated those books when they came out and despise them still. I can't believe DC keeps going back to that crap as a source for inspiration even today. Ugh. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Apr 16, 2018 |
Excellent follow-up volume. We met everyone in vol.1 and now in vol. 2 everything starts happening. What they've been waiting for is finally arriving. Bad things are happening and we know who it is. Two members of the family do dreadful things that shock us They feel vindicated but if the others find out it will be even worse. A new Black Hammer discovers their new identity. And the book ends on a significant note, making us excited for the next volume. Will keep reading this! ( )
  ElizaJane | Dec 30, 2017 |
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"When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, she stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes"--

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