Black Hammer, Vol. 4
The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga continues with this two-part mystery that will change the world forever!After learning how they got trapped on the farmworld, our heroes find themselves with everything they thought they wanted. Yet not everything is right just yet and it takes the strong resolve of the new Black Hammer to get the team back together, as shocking revelations change their world at every turn!COLLECTS: Black Hammer: Age of Doom 6-12 from the Eisner Award winning team of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston, with a special guest artist appearance from superstar creator Rich Tommaso!

Black Hammer, Vol. 4 Details

TitleBlack Hammer, Vol. 4
Author
ReleaseDec 31st, 2019
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781506708164
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Graphic Novels Comics, Science Fiction, Fiction, Comic Book

Black Hammer, Vol. 4 Review

  • Chris Greensmith
    January 1, 1970
    "Hey, bitch, nice house." This was good, I hated the art from the first two issues, and that whole story seemed a bit too meta and silly for me. The ending, or non-ending was good, happy/sad. I am intrigued as to what is next...
  • Jamie Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    Black hammer is literally literally perfect. 5 stars.
  • Jesús
    January 1, 1970
    Following in Mark Millar’s footsteps, Jeff Lemire now seemingly writes every one of his creator-owned books as though it’s a TV pitch. In the case of Black Hammer, I wouldn’t mind its television aspirations so much if I didn’t also get the sense that it wears its “prestige” badge a little too proudly on its sleeve.Nevertheless, this concluding (for now) arc of the main Black Hammer book ties up a lot of loose threads—albeit in eye-rolling and unsatisfying ways.[Read in single issues]
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  • Alexander Peterhans
    January 1, 1970
    Black Hammer feels like its losing steam in this volume. The story is going in circles ((view spoiler)[quite literally (hide spoiler)]), and I wasn't impressed by the ending.To be more specific, (view spoiler)[I find the whole we-must-keep-the-balance idea of the BH universe quite ludicrous, especially how everyone instanly accepts it as if it's the most logical thing they've ever heard, and the moment where Madame Dragonfly admits she imprisoned everyone on the farm because she loved them, Black Hammer feels like its losing steam in this volume. The story is going in circles ((view spoiler)[quite literally (hide spoiler)]), and I wasn't impressed by the ending.To be more specific, (view spoiler)[I find the whole we-must-keep-the-balance idea of the BH universe quite ludicrous, especially how everyone instanly accepts it as if it's the most logical thing they've ever heard, and the moment where Madame Dragonfly admits she imprisoned everyone on the farm because she loved them, (hide spoiler)] made me groan out loud..3.5 stars(Read as seven single issues)
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know... Maybe it's reading it on a monthly basis but the whole Age of Doom didn't do the trick for me. I am not saying it's bad or anything but it felt kinda repetitive (which might be the point).The ending was nice but I wouldn't mind Lemire to wrapping this for good. At least the "farm" storyline.
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  • 47Time
    January 1, 1970
    In this volume theartwork decided to suck more than the story. Almost. Then there's the names. Holy crap, they couldn't be more ridiculous. Is this comic a parody? Can't be. Parodies aresometimes funny and this awful comic has nothing going for it. The characters, thedialogue (if 'Oink! Oink!' and 'Quack! Quack' are dialogue), the ridiculousplot, thedeus ex machinas. Everything sucks and the flashbacks are back with a vengeance. This feels like the story that is going to make me stop reading In this volume the artwork decided to suck more than the story. Almost. Then there's the names. Holy crap, they couldn't be more ridiculous. Is this comic a parody? Can't be. Parodies are sometimes funny and this awful comic has nothing going for it. The characters, the dialogue (if 'Oink! Oink!' and 'Quack! Quack' are dialogue), the ridiculous plot, the deus ex machinas. Everything sucks and the flashbacks are back with a vengeance. This feels like the story that is going to make me stop reading anything by Lemire ever again, so let's make fun of it! I won't mark any spoilers here as the story is the very definition of spolied - devastated, impaired, wrecked (I looked it up in a thesaurus).Upon leaving the Para-Zone, Weird finds himself in a... weird world that rapidly changes from one setting to the next. He is guided by the chain-smoking Inspector Insector (not a typo), then he meets a slew of ridiculously-named characters from unrealized stories. The broken-legged Ms. Moonbeam, Soldier X with no face, the constipated Mister Grizzly, Excali-Burt the medieval swordsman (what wordplay!), Stella Steela who is at least trying to be hot as a female Indiana Jones, Ham Samwich the pig, Barbaly-Bunny the rabbit and Golden Goose the goose. Once more: HOLY CRAP! Weird finds that this world was created by the minds of ordinary people. To return to his friends he must find their story. Which he does easily and never again meets the characters above - something I also hope to do for the rest of my life.Mark Marks the Martian (what a mouthful) was exiled on his home planet because of his beliefs. He is secretly building a space ship to leave for Earth. Meanwhile a rusted Talky approaches Lucy in a rewritten reality with information about her father from the previous reality. Abe is a museum guard and in my opinion the winner of the most useless character in the series.Lucy discovers her father's hammer and remembers everything. She reunites with Talky, then makes Abe remember the real events, kidnaps a now-senile Gail from hospital, meets Colonel Weird who is planted there out of thin air and finally visits Mars to get the whole screwy team back together. What a good time for Lucy to disappear again. She meets her father in New World and finds that Anti-God is coming back. He must be defeated by killing the heroes. Here we go again. Hey, Lemire, send them to the farm again! I wrote the previous sentence before reading the final issue - you'll see why it's almost funny in a minute.After a long scene dedicated to the heroes' regrets about losing what they had on the farm, they decide to fight Anti-God once more. Cause they're heroes. They need soccer mom Madame Butterfly's help. Originality seems to be thrown out the window when, even though she complains about not being able to pull it off, Madame Butterfly does the exact same thing to combat Anti-God like before - she sends the heroes to the farm. At least she gives them their heart's desire, but seriously, how sucky can an ending be?!
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    …Is that it? After all the build-up, all the struggles, all the random detours and spin-off mini-series, that’s the ending we get? I’m disappointed to say the least. Without going into spoiler territory, I didn’t think this was going to be the end of the series. Given that Black Hammer has already relaunched once, I thought this was just going to be the end of this era, and then we’d get a new series next year or something. But no, this is apparently it. It just feels like a jip. These …Is that it? After all the build-up, all the struggles, all the random detours and spin-off mini-series, that’s the ending we get? I’m disappointed to say the least. Without going into spoiler territory, I didn’t think this was going to be the end of the series. Given that Black Hammer has already relaunched once, I thought this was just going to be the end of this era, and then we’d get a new series next year or something. But no, this is apparently it. It just feels like a jip. These characters have been through the wringer, and to get to this point in the series and have to make this decision, it just feels wrong. Yes, they’re heroes. They have to do the heroic thing. But it’s the same thing they’ve already done. Twice, if you’ve read the Black Hammer/Justice League crossover. There’s only so many times Lemire can play on the same sacrifice, no matter how many times the characters are forced to make it. Otherwise, the rest of the volume is fun. The side-issues set inside the Parazone with the half-created characters are full of clever ideas that I’d like to see more of, and even if the ultimate conclusion isn’t my cup of tea, the journey to get there is the usual Black Hammer fare. I think maybe I’m in love with the idea of Black Hammer, and the world that it inhabits, rather than the book itself. There’s so much more potential to be mined here, and I just can’t bring myself to accept that this is the end that these characters have to have.
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  • Mychele
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 WOW it’s the end. This is one of my favorite graphic novels and I’m sad to see this arc end. From the beginning I was hooked and waiting for this last volume was painful but I made it. Jeff and Dean told a well balanced story with the right amount of Oh Sh*t moments and cliffhangers but I’m going to be honest I’m not a fan of the ending. It was too neat and very happily ever after. But all in all good. 4.5 🌟 WOW it’s the end. This is one of my favorite graphic novels and I’m sad to see this arc end. From the beginning I was hooked and waiting for this last volume was painful but I made it. Jeff and Dean told a well balanced story with the right amount of Oh Sh*t moments and cliffhangers but I’m going to be honest I’m not a fan of the ending. It was too neat and very happily ever after. But all in all good.
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  • Bryan Miller
    January 1, 1970
    The art of Black Hammer is gorgeous. The storytelling is inspired (by the history of comics--mostly DC--and that's a good thing.) This is a love story homage to all the great stories that have come before.
  • Oliver Miller
    January 1, 1970
    this has been an incredible, interesting, and beautiful series. i can't wait for the concluding issue in september.
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