New Creators Put Their Spin On ‘Black Hammer’ With ‘Visions’ One-Shots
by James Ferguson
Black Hammer is a fascinating look at the super hero genre creating by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston. It has expanded over the years with a number of mini-series examining aspects of this universe in new and interesting ways. This February, more creators are jumping into the fray with Black Hammer: Visions, a series of one-shots from Dark Horse Comics featuring a variety of talents including Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Dean Kotz, Scott Kolins, Chip Zdarsky, Johnnie Christmas, Cullen Bunn, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Cecil Castellucci, and Melissa Duffy, with colors by Jason Wordie, Bill Crabtree, Jordie Bellaire and Dave Stewart, and letters by Nate Piekos.
“As much as I love writing in the world of Black Hammer, it’s nothing compared to the thrill of seeing creators I admire bringing their voices to these characters that Dean and I created.” says Jeff Lemire.
“When you’re as long in the tooth as myself there are very few things that excite, but seeing this incredible creative lineup working on Black Hammer makes me feel like a giddy teenager all over again.” added Dean Ormston.
The first of eight Black Hammer: Visions one-shots is penned by Patton Oswalt and illustrated by Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie. It centers on youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm before Black Hammer #1. She struggles to keep her sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered child.
Black Hammer: Visions #1 features variant covers by Evan Dorkin with Sarah Dyer and Gilbert Hernandez with Dave Stewart. It’s set for release on February 10th, 2021.