Black Hammer Age of Doom #10 // Review
Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston return to get the band back together after the universal reboot taking place earlier in the series. As this comic book pastiche universe continues to grow, Lemire and Ormston build towards this long-awaited showdown against the forces of the Anti God. Each chapter seems to steam with life as the burgeoning world becomes ever large. With the first volume ending after issue 13, it's safe to assume something similar may happen following the imminent crisis at hand.
Following the previous issue, Talkie Walkie gets in contact with Lucy and shows her the truth behind this bleak and hopeless universe. Becoming Black Hammer once again and regaining her memories, the two set out to find the rest of the heroes and take on the Anti God one last time. As they come across Barbalien, Colonel Weird and Golden Gail they can show the heroes their lost memories just in time as a Crisis emerges upon the universe. With familiar red skies appearing across Spiral City, the time has come to take action once again.
The artistry of Dean Ormston is absolutely quintessential for the title. Having sat out for a handful of issues on a previous arc, the return of Ormston is much appreciated and needed. His ability to bring this universe to life is second to none on the series, from his character designs to his world building sensibilities. There is no better choice for the title. The colorwork of Dave Stewart continues to set the motif for the title, with a muddy grit especially fitting for the current heroless version of the world.
Easily one of the hardest working people in the industry, Jeff Lemire continues to create title after title from one publisher to the next while never losing the steam for his passion project. This clear love letter to the medium continues to stand as easily one of the best comics on the market from any company. While the universe grows with each new title and chapter, Lemire continues to prove his weight in gold time after time.
Albeit a bit late for new readers looking to jump on the title with this issue, Dark Horse has made sure to keep the previously collected volumes in circulation for those searching for their chance. With multiple volumes, mini-series, and one-shots anyone looking to read or reread will have their hands happily full with a wide assortment of flavors for their new favorite universe. Lemire and Ormston continue to do God's work with the title and bring fans of the medium something exceptional each and every month.