Black Hammer: Secret Origins                                                                                                        By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart

Genre: Superhero Comic Book

Reading Time: One hour

“And I keep thinking…if I just believe hard enough…if I just keep saying it, one of these times it will work. And I will be me again.”

Summary: Spiral City was under attack by the worst evil imaginable and several superheros ban together in an attempt to defeat it. However it goes terribly wrong somehow end up on a farm on the outskirts of a small town as a dysfunctional family plotting their escape and return to normalcy but they can’t leave.

“There is a design to it all. But I cannot manipulate it. I cannot change that design. I am as helpless to follow its curves as you are.”

Rant: I have never read a comic book before because “I can read real books” but at the insistence of my friend, Lil Fred, I read Black Hammer. And WOW! The pictures bring the story to another dimension and it lacks none of the depth of a “real” book. The story is beautiful and genius. The different layers of the story keep it engaging and the flashbacks are not confusing in the least. These superheros struggle as they are not in their elements, some wish to leave the farm, some want to retire and live a normal life. But nonetheless they must fit into the small town. Everyone knows everyone, everyone attends church on Sunday and it really tests the patience of these superheros. They all have heartbreaking backstories especially Dragonfly, the superhero villain of sorts. All in all this story was AMAZING. I’ve read it twice and it just gets better. Magnificent comic book. 5 out of 5 stars.

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