By Nolan P. Smith
It’s that time again, time for the latest issue of Dark Horse Comic’s Black Hammer series as Age of Doom #2 hits shelves. Last issue, we saw Lucy Weber, daughter of the lost hero Black Hammer, become lost herself in a hellish place that lacks any common sense. Does she make her way out? And how is the rest of the team coping with her sudden disappearance?
From Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein, this issue kicks into high gear right off the bat as Lucy goes from a sort of limbo straight into Hell. Like, literally Hell. She comes face to face with a hero from the past, and with the Devil himself. Armed with her dad’s hammer, Lucy fights her way from Hell to another realm, but is it really a step in the right direction?
As for the team, they start to dig where Lucy had left off, trying to find a way out of their plain, boring, simple living prison. We also learn a secret from Gail that blurs the lines between hero and villain but also makes the pint-sized hero feel that much more human. Lemire and company continue to show why Black Hammer is the best superhero book on the shelves today. With the core title, the recently wrapped up Sherlock Frankenstein mini-series, and the amazing Doctor Star series currently running, Black Hammer is showing the big two publishers how to do a superhero book the right way. I have been a fan since issue #1 and will continue to be as long as issues pack this level of quality every month. If you haven’t checked out Black Hammer, you are missing out on something fantastic.
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.