I call our superhero captives a “team,” but really they are an anti-team being forced to hide as regular people. Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston have created a deconstructionist take on the Golden Age superhero. And they are winning. Everything.
One thing they’ve done that a lot of team books do not do is that they have focused - by and large - on one, sometimes two, characters per issue. A lot of superhero team books try to balance out every character in every issue, and it becomes a mosh pit in which you never understand the dynamics, because you never quite get a grip on the characters. This character hasn’t talked in a while; let’s give them something to say. By focusing down on each character in the way they have has had payoffs in the short term and long term. It’s allowed the reader to become emotionally invested in the individuals, and now that we care about these characters, we care about them when they come together as a group. It’s patience, and it’s so refreshing to see a writer show this.
Now, as questions are being sought, there will always be someone that doesn’t want those questions answered. This issue throws a real curve ball in the best possible way, because it makes absolute sense, but really throws you for a loop. Things are starting to rev up in Black Hammer. Don’t fall too far behind!