Analysis from a wisdom tooth that’s just not ready to give up:
In its second volume, Black Hammer continues to build upon the early foundation Jeff Lemire has built. Small story strands are followed, and the universe really starts to spin. With Black Hammer’s daughter, Lucy, a tangent from the real world, adds some gravity to the bizarro farm world that the heroes are stuck within. Hints of the actual perpetrators start to come into the light, as the makeshift family struggles through the day-to-day life of typical life situations such as love, rejection, and depression.
In this, my second read-through, I still found excitement in the world-building laying it’s initial groundwork. While years and years of world-building add its own levels of importance to Marvel and DC, there is something to be said about feelings for characters that have only lived for several issues, yet stand firm on solid character building and story arcs.
The hints of personal betrayal by some of the “trapped” team members lay the blueprints for this booming universe to continue to grow. There has already been a couple of books with Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, and Sherlock Frankenstein that has explored the major event that brought the heroes to their current frozen state, and also how the world kept spinning after they blinked out of existence. I’ve read comics for a good portion of my life and don’t really see a slowdown anytime soon. When you really enjoy a comic, and it gets so big that an entire universe is developed from within, that’s some pretty exciting stuff.
Analysis from a fly on the wall in your enemy’s lair:
Ok, so this volume hooked me! I was cautiously optimistic before because while I found volume 1 interesting, I wasn’t necessarily convinced that it was my cup of tea. My mind is changed, and I’m all in.
The artwork is, of course, up to snuff. I love how dark and grimy it is when it needs to be. I can genuinely feel the angst and frustration coming through the pages, and I love it. The writing stepped up a notch. Instead of feeling immaturity come through, I felt that each individual character had a lot to say, and their voices were all very different. Killing off main characters always thrills me as well.
I like it when authors take a chance and do something unexpected just to throw you off. I am for sure looking forward to following this series.