Black Hammer Justice League #2 (Review) So Much Green
Black Hammer Justice League #2
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Michael Walsh
Letter: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Artist: Michael Walsh
The two greatest words to come out of comics in recent history? “Black Hammer!” It’s true, although this crossover between Dark Horse and DC Comics is completely a stand-alone mini-series, this could also be the turning point of you being turned on to the Black Hammer universe. Last issue we get introduced to this new universe where the Black Hammer team has been trapped on the farm for the last ten years. While over in the DC Universe the Justice League is fighting an uphill battle against Starro and his minions taking over the minds of hundreds of people. Shortly after a stranger in strange lands is appearing to both teams at the same time. Who do we know that can do something like this? Some Podcasts (Including ComiCast right here on the Outright Geekery Podcast Network, end of shameless plug) have been speculating on who this stranger is and how he can be in two places at once, who also has the power to warp people out of their own reality could indeed be none other than Mister Mxyzptlk, that evil imp from the 5th dimension. I might have a different theory since a story like this in a company crossover the writer does a mashup of a villain from each universe, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and read.
Jeff Lemire is the co-creator of the Black Hammer Universe and, of course, the writer of this series (and tons of others). If you’ve read my reviews of any of the other titles that Jeff has written, I regard him as the gold standard in modern-day comic book writers (sorry Donny Cates fans). This series so far is no exception to that ruling on my part. I don’t recall anything from him that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. Thus far, however, I absolutely love this book! It’s a great story and I really hope this will be the first of my Black Hammer/Justice League reviews (or at least a DC Universe team crossovers).
Michael Walsh yet again slayed this issue with his unique art style. This was a great classic feeling in the art. Reminded me a little of Darwin Cooke but rougher. Look it’s just so good plus the fact that except for the covers Michael did everything art wise in the entire book! Just look for yourself and see. His style has set the perfect tone for this book.
This book shouldn’t be overlooked while you’re buying your books at your local shop. If this ends up being your 1st encounter with Black Hammer, it definitely won’t be your last! This book may be a diamond in the rough, but that’s what makes it shine brighter than all the rest. The Col is the quirkiest character in comics today. Gail is another level of dark humor, especially where Aquaman is concerned. Not to mention with the core of the Justice League trapped on the farm that the Black Hammer team previously was, Kal-El is the only one at home on the farm and for good reason. Bruce, however, well you’ll just have to read it for yourself. Black Hammer Justice League #2 is on store shelves now, get yours today! Please Like, Comment, Share, and as always Keep, it Geek!