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Black Hammer, Vol. 1: Secret Origins
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May 31, 2018
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Dan
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was really just ok. A huge volume to try and get people interested but it didn't really reveal anything that makes me say this was great. No clue where this is going and with little substance for me to care.
Craig
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the first issue of this one--Lemire just draws us in so quickly and his story has a lot of promise. Unfortunately, I think it started to drag a bit after that. It might have been a mistake to start out by giving each character an origin issue, without really building the larger story in more detail. It's basically a mash-up of his indie comics, like Essex County, with more mainstream superhero stuff, and I will definitely be looking forward to the next volume. But some of these or ...more
Jen
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!

Basically we just learned a tiny background about who the 'heroes' are, what their life is like now, and that they can't leave the town. We see what happens when 'heroes' have forced retirement and are trapped not only in a town, but in their own bodies as well. Some of them have lost their superpowers or are losing their minds, while others are dealing with more domestic problems (dating. . . and also being a Mars alien and potentially gay and trying to date while dealing with bot
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Shannon Appelcline
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lemire writes his own warped versions of Miss Marvel, Adam Strange, Martian Manhunter, an all-American hero, and a DC horror host. Except they're trapped in a strange Twilight Zone world and each facing their own personal problems. The story is every bit as great as that premise suggests, and it's got some great mysteries underlying everything. I look forward to what the next volume brings (though I'm leery of this being spun off into a whole line, because at the moment the heart of the book is ...more
Phillip
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when superheroes are forced into retirement? In this case, they move to a small town and live out their lives on a farm. Of course, things aren't quite that simple for these former heroes.

Lemire's writing is solid. I've read quite a few of his books, and they are consistently fantastic. Here, he explores the some classic superhero concepts with a twist. Their origins and powers are revealed over the course of the volume, and I found my interest in them shifting as each one got an op
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Justin
3.5 stars - great introduction to the characters and there origins and also left me wanting to know more. Looking forward to seeing where it goes in volume 2.
Paul
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Aug 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
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