We’re introduced to Jane Ito, beloved comic book writer and artist who has a popular, long-running series. After a long day at a convention (Write what you know?), Jane is visited by one of the characters from her comic book. But why, and how? It’s an intriguing premise that I’m sure will go in all kinds of unexpected ways, being that it’s part of the Black Hammer Universe.
The big bonus here is that Tyler Crook is working his artistic magic. Since his work with Cullen Bunn on Harrow County, I have watched his career very closely. His art is stellar, and his colors are breathtaking - dynamic and haunting. He has a wonderful way that he sees the world; it’s dark, but never without humanity and hope.
There is a trend in comic books right now - with some of the bigger names - to make stories about stories. The only reason why it works is because the emotional core of the central characters are well mapped out, and we’re seeing that again here. The exposition we’re given is riveting and promises for a pretty crazy ride going forward. It also builds off of the multi-layered world we’re given in the regular Black Hammer series in a really interesting way. I’m excited to see where this goes.
Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (script), Tyler Crook (Art, Colors, Letters ), Daniel Chabon (editor), Chuck Howitt, Konner Knudsen (assistant editor), Ethan Kimberling (design), Josie Christensen (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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