‘Black Hammer #11:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer is riveting not only on a massive storytelling level, but it finds the moments of humanity within the larger story that keep us invested. Issues like this one focus on small, but crucial, moments in the characters’ developments. After several issues of some dark twists and turns, we get a moment of respite and emotional tenderness. We see a character stand up for themselves in a necessary way for the reader to experience and to understand why it’s necessary for them to do that.

One thing this creative duo has focused on is the outsider feeling that comes with being a superhero - that loneliness that comes with it. Here, they draw a strong connection between that feeling and another element of one of the character’s lives. It’s powerful.

If you haven’t been reading, Black Hammer finds some of the great superheroes of Spiral City trapped on a farm next to a small town. If they try to leave, a force field of sorts will obliterate them. Their past lives as heroes are juxtaposed with their solitary confinement in this unknown place. Being stuck here has given them time to dig into who they are to themselves and each other. In some instances, digressing, and in other instances, finding strength within each other.

What keeps me guessing with each issue in this series is that it’s not at all plot driven, but 100% character driven. I have no idea how the internal scars these characters carry with them will affect their next move. I genuinely care about them and what’s going to happen next. I’m especially intrigued because a few characters' motivations are still completely hidden.

I have a feeling that, while some bad things have happened recently, it’s not going to get better by the end. I look forward to it, but I dread it. That, to me, is the sign of a great story.

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