Comic Review: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #10 (Dark Horse)

Issue #10 of Black Hammer Age of Doom starts off with an attention-catching cover, featuring several eyeballs, orbs, and orbits intended to catch, well, your eye. Then, we are off […]

Issue #10 of Black Hammer Age of Doom starts off with an attention-catching cover, featuring several eyeballs, orbs, and orbits intended to catch, well, your eye.

Then, we are off to visit another issue of truly inspired creative story play. I say ‘play’, because, despite the sometimes morbid and joyless surroundings of the Age of Doom stories, there is another level of joy to be had: the unfettered freedom of sheer inventiveness and lunacy on display here. It’s sci-fi and pulp fiction mixed with soap opera.

Without revealing plot points or spoilers, let’s just take a sampling of what is going on: former superheroes, transformed and transported into fictional existences. A character who appears to have Alzheimer’s yet is a foul-mouthed little girl; Heroes and villains who remind you of DC and Marvel archetypes, yet are subtly different.

It’s the same yet different. And another awe-inspiring issue from writer Jeff Lemire, artist Dean Ormston and colourist Dave Stewart.

Dark Horse, Black Hammer Age of Doom #10, $3.99 for 26 pages of content. Assume Mature rating

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!