Ahead of New York Comic-Con, Dark Horse Comics has announced that Jeff Lemire & Dean Ormston's award winning Black Hammer series will return in 2018. Check out the press release below.
BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
The Eisner-Award Winning Comic Book Saga BLACK HAMMER Returns in 2018
With a New Ongoing Series
September 26, 2017) Dark Horse Comics has announced that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston’s creator owned BLACK HAMMER superhero saga will return in 2018 with a new ongoing series titled BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM. The new ongoing series will continue to chronicle the adventures of the forgotten champions of Spiral City, following the events of the cliffhanger ending of issue thirteen of BLACK HAMMER.
“One thing BLACK HAMMER has always done is comment on the history of superhero comics and we live in a world where superhero universes seem to be rebooted, relaunched, and rebirthed every year,” said Lemire. “It felt like we needed to play around with that idea, but put a BLACK HAMMER spin on it. So, starting in April, Dean, Dave Stewart, Todd Klein, and I will continue the story and the mystery of Black Hammer farm in BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM! It's a new series, but everything you love will stay intact and we'll deliver the next chapter in the story of Golden Gail, Abraham Slam, Barbalien and the rest of the gang.”
“BLACK HAMMER ends with a major, game changing revelation," said Ormston. "Readers are super keen to find out how our heroes are stuck on the farm and more answers, twists and turns are coming in BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM.”
Meanwhile fans won’t have to wait long for new BLACK HAMMER universe stories. On October 18, Dark Horse Comics will publish the first issue of SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín (ETHER). The highly anticipated four issue series follows Lucy Weber—the daughter of the Black Hammer and an investigative reporter for the Global Planet—as she uncovers the dark secret origins of some of her father's greatest foes. SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL is the first of several high profile BLACK HAMMER mini-series, all of which will feature different artists.
When BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM debuts in April 2018, each issue of the ongoing series will featuring a variant cover by an acclaimed artist, including an issue 1 cover by Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND) and an issue 2 variant cover by Fábio Moon (TWO BROTHERS) that is an homage to Frank Miller’s icon BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS cover.
“BLACK HAMMER has grown beyond what Dean Ormston and I could ever have hoped for,” said Lemire. “We've fallen in love with the world of BLACK HAMMER and the characters that live there and we have a lot of story left to tell. This ending is just the beginning.”
Praise for BLACK HAMMER:
“Every so often, you read a comic that grabs hold of you and won't let go. Its world is fascinating, its characters are captivating and its art is mesmerizing.” — IGN
“I didn’t think something could be thrilling and sad at the same time but now there’s BLACK HAMMER proving me wrong. Amazing, just flat-out amazing.”—Patton Oswalt
“A cosmic, reality-bending battle.”— THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“I don’t read many comics these days and I can’t remember the last time I read a superhero comic, but I’m loving BLACK HAMMER by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Dave Stewart.”—Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
“Sad, dark, and brilliant… Ormston is a storytelling godsend, a master of pacing and delivery.”—THE NERDIST
“At once an epic, gripping superhero mystery, and a heartfelt meditation on why superheroes matter, Black Hammer is easily one of Lemire's best creations. Peopled with fantastic characters like the haunting Colonel Weird and the mysterious Madame Dragonfly—each made wondrously vibrant by Ormston's pen—Black Hammer is place you too will find nearly impossible to leave.” —Scott Snyder (Wytches)
“Masterfully plays with all the many tropes and genres of superhero fiction over the past few decades.” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer feels like it's walking two roads—one honoring the past of superhero comics, and one forging a path into the future of the genre.”—Cullen Bunn (Harrow County)
“Evocative.” — LA REVIEW OF BOOKS
"On my pull list by the time I got to page five." — Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)
“Fascinating.” — AM NEW YORK
“Black Hammer is the maddest, most brilliant comic I’ve read in years.”—Mark Millar (Kick Ass)
“As much a study of loneliness and isolation as it is a superhero deconstruction. If BLACK HAMMER lives up to its early promise, it will deserve a place on the shelf right next to the WATCHMEN series.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
About BLACK HAMMER: 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 free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!
About Jeff Lemire: New York Times Bestselling author, Jeff Lemire, is the creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth, Essex County, The Underwater Welder and Trillium. His upcoming projects include the original graphic novel Roughneck from Simon and Schuster, as well as the sci-fi series Descender for Image Comics (with Dustin Nguyen) and Black Hammer for Dark Horse Comics (with Dean Ormston). Jeff has also written Green Arrow, Justice League and Animal Man for DC Comics and Hawkeye for Marvel Comics. In 2008 and in 2013 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist. He has also received The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent and the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 8 Eisner awards, 7 Harvey Awards and 8 Shuster Awards. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son. The author lives in Toronto, ON., Canada.
About Dean Ormston: Dean Ormston is a British illustrator who entered comics with Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000AD before moving onto work with Vertigo on Sandman with Neil Gaiman and Lucifer with Mike Carey.
About David Rubín: David Rubín studied graphic design before entering the world of comics, animation, and illustration. He illustrated a collection of Robert E. Howard tales in Solomon Kane and immersed himself in a two-volume retelling of the myth of Hercules in The Hero. His latest published works include an adaptation of the epic poem Beowulf, two spinoffs of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, and The Fiction with writer Curt Pires. Along with Marcos Prior, he produced the graphic novel Grand Hotel Abyss while also working on Ether. He is currently working on chapters Black Hammer.
About Dark Horse Comics: For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.
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