The new series written by Jeff Lemire with art by Dean Ormston will feel familiar to those with a passion for Lemire's past works like Essex County, The Nobody and Lost Dogs. It's grounded, emotional series - which is no small feat given it's inter-dimensional, superhero team storyline.
Black Hammer was Lemire's original superhero story, long before he ever imagined writing some flagship titles for DC and Marvel. While working on Essex County, his breakthrough tome telling the multi-generational story of a family in rural Canada, he was still working part-time as a cook trying to make ends meet. The initial sketches and plotlines for Black Hammer were conceived more than a decade ago and before the opportunity to write Sweet Tooth for Vertigo became a possibility, Black Hammer had been to pitched to Dark Horse - and they accepted. Lemire always knew that he'd return to the universe he created - where five super-powered people unite to stop a cataclysmic event in Spiral City, only to find themselves banished to a far corner of another universe where they are trapped together on a farm, unable to return to their former lives. After forty issues of Sweet Tooth at Vertigo, Lemire signed an exclusive deal with DC which led him to write his own spin on popular series like Animal Man, Swamp Thing and Green Arrow. His interpretations of the popular characters were some of the most enthralling mainstream superhero comics in recent memory, but as a reader it was still a step back to see such a talented creator pushing longtime characters forward when his own characters were the ones I really wanted to read. After his time at DC, he nearly immediately signed a contract with Marvel and did his same magic with some of their characters.