Published on March 16th, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning
Black Hammer is Reborn
Black Hammer returns in a new ongoing series picking up twenty years after the events of Age of Doom in Black Hammer: Reborn! The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga created by Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls, Sweet Tooth) and Dean Ormston (The Books of Magick, The Unwritten) welcomes Caitlin Yarsky (Coyotes, Bliss) as the new main series artist for Black Hammer, with colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Gideon Falls). Issues #5-#8 will feature guest artists Malachi Ward (Prophet, Island) and Matt Sheean (Prophet, Island)!
In 1986, Black Hammer and the rest of Spiral City’s greatest superheroes seemingly died defeating the cosmic despot known as Anti-God and saving the world. But one woman refused to believe they were truly gone: Lucy Weber, the daughter of Black Hammer. Learning that her dad had sacrificed himself to save the other heroes, Lucy soon took up the mantle of Black Hammer and carried on the legacy of her father as the world’s greatest superhero.
Now, it’s twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn’t picked up the hammer in years. But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself.
“Black Hammer: Reborn is everything we have been building towards for the last several years and it really is the culmination of everything we’ve done in Black Hammer to date. This series has it all; Black Hammer, Skulldigger, Doc Andromeda and Sherlock Frankenstein all play major roles. Oh, and of course lots of Colonel Weird too,” says Jeff Lemire. “Even better we have Caitlin Yarsky leading the way. Dean Ormston and I are very excited to welcome Caitlin to the Black Hammer Universe and to the modern adventures of Lucy Weber. Caitlin’s artwork is amazing, the way she does facial expressions and breathes life into the characters is really going to blow fans away.”
“I am super excited and a little bit terrified to see Caitlin’s work on Black Hammer,” says Dean Ormston. “Excited because her work is so incredible, and terrified because her work is SO incredible.”
“Illustrating for the great Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston is an absolute dream come true. It has been such a joy to depict Black Hammer’s emotionally complex characters, relationships and beautifully surreal settings,” says Caitlin Yarsky. “I’m thrilled and honored to join this legendary team of storytellers. In fact, I’m still pinching myself.”
Black Hammer: Reborn is the next era of the Black Hammer Universe; a series by Jeff Lemire and Caitlin Yarsky that juxtaposes an achingly human story of domestic life, marriage, parenthood, and destiny with a pulse-pounding superhero thriller that peels back new layers of mystery, and pulls the Black Hammer history into the present.
Black Hammer: Reborn #1 will hit comic shops June 23, 2021. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Black Hammer: Reborn will feature an issue #1 variant by Jeff Lemire and Dave Stewart.
Praise for Black Hammer:
“Amazing. Just flat-out amazing.”–Patton Oswalt
“I don’t read many comics these days, and I can’t remember the last time I read a superhero comic, but I’m loving Black Hammer…”–Mike Mignola
“Black Hammer is easily one of Lemire’s best creations.”–Scott Snyder
“On my pull list by the time I got to page five.”–Mark Waid
“Black Hammer is the maddest, most brilliant comic I’ve read in years.”–Mark Millar
“This book is a freaking masterpiece.”–James Gunn