Humor & Tragedy Smash Together in 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. You just can’t get enough of it. There are mysteries that dig their hooks into your brain and tug you along, leaving you thinking about them hours after you put the book down.

Black Hammer, by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston, is that kind of comic. I was actually sent the first three issues in preparation for this interview, but I told myself I would just read the first so I wouldn’t ask questions about something that readers wouldn’t be seeing for months. I wound up blazing through all three issues and got a little depressed when I reached the end and there was no more. I simply couldn’t stand not knowing what happens next. I always marveled at Lemire’s Sweet Tooth for being so gripping and readable, and now he’s captured that magic again.

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