Colonel Weird has broken through the Para-Zone and found himself in a world full of ideas that were almost stories. Characters like Soldier X and Inspector Insector yearn to see a fraction of the high-flying adventures he’s been through. They’d settle for at least an appearance in a single issue. Instead, they’re in this limbo of sorts where they’ve never been fully fleshed out or put on paper. Is Colonel Weird destined to sink into nothingness here? Or can he break out and find his way home?
In case you hadn’t figured it out, Black Hammer: Age of Doom got real meta with this story arc. In my review for the previous issue, I compared it to Grant Morrison’s run on Animal Man where the character met the writer. That thread continues here where Colonel Weird makes his way out of this strange prison to meet the source of all stories, the creator.
This is a trippy sequence that’s brilliantly illustrated by Rich Tommaso. Weird literally stumbles out of a man’s ear, presumably Jeff Lemire. The creator’s head is in the clouds, which obscures his face. We pan out to see a row of other creators, all in a similar setup. Every one of them is thinking up new worlds. To a comic book character, this is like getting a glimpse of God.
Tommaso’s style is a perfect fit for this story. It complements the meta quality and the ever-changing nature of the world Weird finds himself in. His line art is different enough from what we’ve seen before to play with this out-of-this-world arc, while also just close enough that it fits with the overall tone of the series to date.
There’s a clever use of color or lack there of throughout Black Hammer: Age of Doom #7. Since this world is constantly changing, there are times where the background has completely vanished. This leaves a plain white page for the characters to run through, adding to the transitional nature of their existence.
I was already plugged into Black Hammer, but this series has changed the game considerably. I never know what to expect and it always delivers a solid reading experience. This book just keeps evolving and improving with each issue. This is what modern day super hero comics are capable of and it’s some pretty amazing stuff.