Comic Review: Black Hammer: Visions #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Again with the Black Hammer spinoffs, and this one is wonderful: Dark Horse’s Black Hammer Visions. Nicely framed by an intro passage, where high school grads look back into their […]

Again with the Black Hammer spinoffs, and this one is wonderful: Dark Horse’s Black Hammer Visions.

Nicely framed by an intro passage, where high school grads look back into their past, Visions is a well-executed gem in the Black Hammer family of comic books. The students look back to their classmates, including Gail. Golden Gail. While Jeff Lemire is nowhere to be seen in the book, his presence is surely felt. The intent of this title is to delve into aspects of the Black Hammer characters, and we are starting off with a story of Golden Gail, the middle-aged woman trapped inside the unchanging body of a super-powered grade school kid.

Weird and wonderful, the writing strikes the right notes of being honest and touching, sarcastic and shocking, and other-worldly Patton Oswalt. There are some nice Easter Egg-tips of the hat to icons in the Black Hammer world, and Kotz’s ‘marker rendering’ line style is well suited for Vision.

Nice going, and recommended: future issue will have different characters and creative teams. Should make for an interesting series!

Dark Horse, Black Hammer Visions #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Assume Teen

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