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Black Hammer, Vol. 3: Age of Doom Part One

(Black Hammer #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,427 ratings  ·  161 reviews
The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns with this two-part mystery with lots of revelations!

Picking up immediately where we left off--Lucy Weber has become the new Black Hammer and right as she's about to reveal to our heroes how they got stuck on the farm and can escape she vanishes. Now our new Black Hammer finds herself trapped in a gritty world filled with punk
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Dark Horse Books
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Dan Schwent
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-comics
Lucy Weber finally discovers the truth about the Farm and her father's death...

The big payoff is finally here, the truth behind the Farm, the truth behind where Spiral City's greatest heroes wound up after the battle with the Anti-God, and it's a whopper! I don't want to spoil too much but the revelation is well worth it. The new Black Hammer proves she's worth of her father's name and hammer.

I love how Jeff Lemire has woven together elements of silver age super heroes and DC's science fiction
David Schaafsma
Well, I just read this and am not sure what I think of it. Is it brilliant or just crazy? Ill need to read it again. A story of aging superheroes stuck on a farm, a meditation on loss, and aging, a slow burn, suddenly speeds up, takes a sharp left turn and goes crazy with revelations. The 2017 Eisner award winner for Best Continuing series features Jeff Lemire at the top of his game, with many recent successful accomplishments and his placeat such a young agein the history of comics secured ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
We finally get answers behind what's up with the farm, but not before Lucy takes a tour of Vertigo. She visits analogues of John Constantine, the House of Mystery, and The Dreaming. There's even a Sweet Tooth easter egg. I like where Lemire's headed. This actually feels like a Vertigo book that's published by Dark Horse. Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart knock the art out of the park. Even a brain injury can't keep Ormston down.
Paul E. Morph
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great volume of Black Hammer and this one holds all the answers, folks!

Or... does it?

I'm not sure I'm buying all these 'revelations', Mr. Lemire... but colour me intrigued...
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great volume but notch below 5 stars and spearhead bellow brilliant Doctor Star and Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows (standalone set in same universe).
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
No Spoilers here!

Jeff Lemire's main Black Hammer storyline is back with a new series and we finally get to see what happens after Lucy appears on the farm and the surprising events at the end of volume 2. The secrets of the farm and the town are finally revealed here so there are plenty of major twists and turns that had me making the "whoa" face!

The opening events with Lucy jumping around different dimensions got a little boring and was seemingly unnecessary, but the subsequent issues were
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse, 1-star
Just as I thought I was starting to get into Black Hammer after volume 2, Lemire pulled an absolute clunker of a book. This volume is full of pointless references and homages (more like straight rip-offs) to better comics yet again, and the original story surrounding these knock-off characters is told entirely through stalling, playing the pronoun game, channeling every cheesy storytelling cliche in existence and oh so much exposition dumping. Black Hammer is the Stranger Things of comic books ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing story!! This is currently my favourite run alongside Deadly Class. Such great characters and we finally have some answers.
James DeSantis
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy now knows what happened,

This volume is mostly a nailbiter due to finally knowing what happened and wondering what the heroes will do. With Dragonfly losing her grip on the situation, Lucy going through hell and back to get answers, and everyone else trying to figure out life, it all comes to one big conclusion, which might not be mindblowing but holy hell is it screwed up.

Another great volume from the Black Hammer universe. Lemire obviously has been wanting to write this series his whole
Benji Glaab
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5🌟 rounded down

Well that was one hell of a whacked out final issue in this volume. To speak anything of the plot would be dropping major spoilers to any would be readers. In other words this story has been flipped inside out... and I love it.

This began with a mini arc with Luce Weber going on an oddysy that reminded me very much of Neil Gaimans Sandman masterpiece. We get a feel for different realms even the art work looked like it was paying homage to Sandman. Even Gus from sweet tooth makes
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canlit, x2019-read
This series continues to entertain me. And if all it was was a meditation on aging and loss, that would be fine. But Jeff Lemire just sent us in a new direction. The new Black Hammer (Lucy Weber) returns to the farm to reveal where the former superheroes really are, when shes spirited abruptly to a new weird place. Being used to digging for answers, Lucy does just that, and ends up bopping around a bunch of other weird places, including a hallway with multiple doors, opening onto different ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
And the truth shall set you free! As Lucy attempts to uncover the truth behind Black Hammer Farm and the heroes imprisonment, she finds herself on a trip through time and space and all the dimensions in between. But the end of her journey is in sight, and once she discovers the secrets that the heroes have been keeping from each other, nothing will be the same again.

Black Hammer's third arc begins a new direction for the title, as we rename and finally begin to move towards something of a
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a trippy, mind-bending twist, we finally have an answer to what the hell was going on in the Black Hammer universe, and I bet none of you saw it coming.
Stewart Tame
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, well we know what the farms all about now.

This is one of those books that's hard to talk about without spoilers.

I did enjoy the Sandman homage. And the Sweet Tooth cameo.

Im guessing that the next volume will possibly be the last? Without some major last minute revelations Im not sure how theyd run more than another volume, maybe two at the outside. And now everyone can point and laugh when Black Hammer eventually runs to more volumes than One Piece and Naruto combined

Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I'm really interested in where this all is heading. It's an amazing story so far.
Venus Maneater
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Lucy. You guys...Lucy. Can we thank the heavens for Lucy because that girl is NOT HAVING IT and with NO CHILL WHATSOEVER she works her way through the unending maze that has been build around her and her new friends.

Friend, I might add, that get more and more comfortable in the lazy lazy lazy town they're trapped in. People change, relationships bloom. Mark Markz gets a little less tragic by the day.
This sad bunch, slapped stupid by the death of their dear friend, is falling apart. They're
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga continues its foray into the world heroes with its insightful exploration of humanity within these godlike individuals. In this third volume, Jeff Lemire begins to draw the curtain on the mysterious circumstances that encapsulate the reality of our heroes and looks to further expand this universe by tying in more of his quirky characters. As if things could not get any weirder, the story he turns over to
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital
They've crafted a really fun book here! And there's a twist which I did not see coming!!
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A+ volume, the wait for the next one is going to be so long...
Drown Hollum
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have we jumped the shark???

I want to know, but I don't know. We finally get a revelation, we know what's going on with the damn farm, but the mystery is almost always greater than the truth. What the hell is next huh? There's plenty of AWESOME character writing in here, still Lemire's best in terms of characters and dialogue. Plot though? I'm not sure how I feel about the twist. The way Lucy was tripping through time and space, the weight wasn't there for me. I couldn't tell if it was pure comic
Shannon Appelcline
The first half of this book pays homage to DC's Vertigo, from Hell to the Dreaming. It's kind of fun, but somehow it doesn't have the deconstructive power of the earlier issues, where the homages were part homage, part satire, and part something greater. This is just the comics in question, with their characteristics exaggerated to the point of humor.

Then we get the long awaited answers to the mysteries of the Black Hammer series, and I sadly found them somewhat disappointing. I mean, the worst
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMGs!!! Truths told. Betrayals abound! Where the holy hell does this next barrier lead?!?!?
Chris Greensmith
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-hammer
"Ten years...ten years ago today since they saved Spiral City and disappeared. To most, they dont seem real anymore. like urban legends...ghost stories. But they were real. I know because I was there. I was only ten, but I remember the terror...the fear."
this comic is fantastic! the truth is finally revealed and doesn't disappoint. The characters, the art the stories, the twists, turns every is on point and it just gets better and better. It has been a while since I have read a comic and read
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! Finally, finally, this gets good. I've been wondering what people were seeing in this comic, which seemed to be largely spinning its wheels up to this point. But this volume really blows things wide open and for once, I'm actually excited to see where the story is going to go next.
Love the fact that Lemire didn't drag the secret for too long.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy sh*t!! This just keep getting better and better! Crazy one! I loved every second of it! Can't wait for the next one to get out!!
Terry Mcginnis
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This title has reached 5-star status! In what started as just a mild curiosity became my favorite book on the market by volume 3. I've become so invested in the characters that I was sincerely upset by the series' twist as this volume wrapped up. If you're reading this review, then the assumption is that you are familiar with the events thus far. Lucy finally returns to the gang just in time for the big reveal as Madame Dragonfly and Colonel Weird do their best to explain what has happened. ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant, emotionally moving, meta, as well as funny, Age of Doom part one is comic-book storytelling of the highest order. Lemire's writing coupled with Ormston's art continues to be a match made in hell heaven. Love the nods to other comic book characters and universes. And Golden Gail is still my favourite character.

(I read this as individual issues because January 19th is a long time to wait for the trade paperback.)
Jamie Connolly
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Everything in the world of black hammer is 5 stars.
Ryan Hixson
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Black Hammer Volume 3 Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire is a graphic novel that takes heroes from the bygone era, and stick them in a purgatory on a small farming town, where there is no such thing as superheroes. Some find love, others find betrayal, and some heartbreak in this purgatory, but most just want out. Is there something keeping the team there or someone? In this novel we find out the answer. Black Hammer breaks down the super hero character analyzing what sacrifice is in a really ...more
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Jeff Lemire is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author, and creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth, Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Trillium, Plutona, Black Hammer, Descender, Royal City, and Gideon Falls. His upcoming projects include a host of series and original graphic novels, including the fantasy series Ascender with Dustin Nguyen.

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