Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s series Black Hammerwas a surprise hit last year, garnering two Eisners and being picked as one of Den of Geek‘s best comics of 2016. Now, following a year of steadily building critical acclaim and an in-story cliffhanger, Lemire, Ormston and Dark Horse Comics (Black Hammer‘s publisher) announced that the series is becoming Black Hammer: Age of Doom, a new ongoing series starting in April, 2018.
“Blakc Hammerends with a major, game-changing revelation,” said Ormston. “Readers are super keen to find out how our heroes are stuck on the farm and more answers, twists and turns are coming in Black Hammer: Age of Doom.”
The original series trapped a group of legendary heroes on a farm, separate from the world they’d been protecting for decades. To fill in some of the blanks between that and the upcoming Age of Doom, Lemire and David Rubin (Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West) are releasing a miniseries set in the same world. Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evilfollows Black Hammer the hero’s daughter as she tracks the origins of some of her father’s opponents. The first issue is due out on October 18th of this year, and is the first in a series of planned miniseries expanding the Black Hammeruniverse.
“Black Hammerhas grown beyond what Dean Ormston and I could have hoped for,” said Lemire. “We’ve fallen in love with the world of Black Hammerand the characters that live there, and we have a lot of story left to tell. The ending is just the beginning.”
Each issue of Age of Doomwill have a variant cover provided by an artist other than Ormston. The first issue has a cover from Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland), and the second from Fabio Moon (the AMAZING Two Brothers).
Black Hammer: Age of Doomis due out in April, 2018. Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evilstarts in October, 2017. The Terrifics, Lemire’s upcoming DC project where, instead of having his original creations riff on Doom Patrol, he’s using DC characters to riff on the Fantastic Four, is also out in 2018. Our point, really, is that Jeff Lemire should be allowed to write classic versions of all superhero teams.
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