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Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event: 01/09/18

Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire

Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire picks up where Secret Origins ends. The woman — a reporter by trade — has tracked down the location of her missing father and his companions, only to find herself trapped too. With her arrival we're given the origin story of Black Hammer as well as the gruesome details of his death.

The gory death of Black Hammer

If anyone will find the way out of this utopia it will be she. Being a reporter — one who already has had the chops to find the missing superheroes — she knows what questions to ask. She is observant. She can see that the town and its people are off. And they can see that she's aware of the artifice.

They're all blank

More importantly, though, she is an orphan (albeit metaphorically, as her mother is still living) with her father's disappearance. Now on the other side of the portal, in a rural town outside of known space and time, with the reality of her father's death, she is imbued with orphan magic. For The Event that permeation of magic is manifest in her being able to wield her father's hammer.

Other interesting side plots show more insights into the stories of the other heroes. There is a side story about the meeting of Colonel Weird and Talky-Walky (TLK-E WLK-E) which gives insight into the nature of Rockwood.

I'm including the map of Rockwood, ON in a tongue and cheek manner since the author is from Ontario.

Finally, there is further reasons given for Gail's bitterness. She was retired and in a relationship. That relationship is the hook for Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil Volume 1 which comes out in May.

Five stars

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