Dark Horse Launches ‘Black Hammer Reborn’ Ongoing Series This June
by James Ferguson
The next era of Black Hammer begins in June with the launch of Black Hammer Reborn, a new ongoing series from Dark Horse Comics. Picking up twenty years after the events of Age of Doom, creators Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston welcome Caitlin Yarsky as the new main series artist, with colors by Dave Stewart, and letters by Nate Piekos. Issues #5-#8 will feature guest artists Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean.
In 1986, Black Hammer and the rest of Spiral City’s greatest superheroes seemingly died defeating the cosmic despot known as Anti-God and saving the world. But one woman refused to believe they were truly gone: Lucy Weber, the daughter of Black Hammer. Learning that her dad had sacrificed himself to save the other heroes, Lucy soon took up the mantle of Black Hammer and carried on the legacy of her father as the world’s greatest superhero.
Now, it’s twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn’t picked up the hammer in years. But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself.
“Black Hammer: Reborn is everything we have been building towards for the last several years and it really is the culmination of everything we’ve done in Black Hammer to date. This series has it all; Black Hammer, Skulldigger, Doc Andromeda and Sherlock Frankenstein all play major roles. Oh, and of course lots of Colonel Weird too,” says Jeff Lemire. “Even better we have Caitlin Yarsky leading the way. Dean Ormston and I are very excited to welcome Caitlin to the Black Hammer Universe and to the modern adventures of Lucy Weber. Caitlin’s artwork is amazing, the way she does facial expressions and breathes life into the characters is really going to blow fans away.”
“I am super excited and a little bit terrified to see Caitlin’s work on Black Hammer,” says Dean Ormston. “Excited because her work is so incredible, and terrified because her work is SO incredible.”
“Illustrating for the great Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston is an absolute dream come true. It has been such a joy to depict Black Hammer’s emotionally complex characters, relationships and beautifully surreal settings,” says Caitlin Yarsky. “I’m thrilled and honored to join this legendary team of storytellers. In fact, I’m still pinching myself.”
As a huge fan of Black Hammer, I’m pretty excited to see where the creators take this series next. This feels pretty big. Black Hammer: Reborn #1 hits stands on June 23rd, 2021.