Page 45 Review by Jonathan
STOP... HAMMER TIME!!!
So I did just that, and read volume two of Jeff & Dean's Pindaric ode to superheroes. What a resounding celebration, indeed homage, to many a classic cape 'n' tights character it is. It's just that it is so much better than most of the DC and Marvel output which inspired it!
We pick up with our disparate group of bickering superchums still trapped in the surreal small town in the veritable middle of nowhere that increasingly seems more like a prison constructed to trap them forever than mere alternate reality. Being mangled as they are through Jeff's trademarked wringer of angst at their temporally testing fate, their collective patience is getting stretched ever-tighter than Mr. Fantastic's Y-fronts, and someone is about to snap...
We also learn precisely how Joseph Weber, the headstrong Black Hammer, managed to get himself disintegrated trying to affect an immediate escape to get back to his family. Which blows my own personal theory about precisely where they are totally out of the water... We also get his origin story in a glorious little nod to Jack Kirby.
Black Hammer's then ten year old daughter Lucy was one of the few back in Spiral City who never stopped believing her dad and his friends are still out there somewhere. Ten years on, now a young woman who's spent the last decade desperately missing her hero dad, she's never stopped searching and her patience is about to be, at least, partially rewarded. That old adage about being careful what you wish for is what springs to mind, though...
Look closely at the single issue covers, by the way, included here in this collection as chapter breaks, and I suspect you may well 'recognise' some of them. Reading this title is just such fun, albeit rather punishing for our poor cast. What a double team Lemire and Ormston are! If Jeff is dour and downbeat Bruce, gradually grinding his characters into the proverbial chiropteran guano then Dean is showy and ostentatious Dick, all flashy lines and gaudy colours livening up the show!
For far, far more, please see BLACK HAMMER VOL 1 review.