Title: Black Hammer ’45: From the World of Black Hammer #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Story: Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes
Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artist: Matt Kindt
Colorist: Sharlene Kindt
Letterer: Marie Enger
Published: March 6, 2019
From Dark Horse: From the World of Black Hammer comes a truly gripping tale of war and intrigue! During the Golden Age of superheroes, an elite Air Force crew called the Black Hammer Squadron was formed to fight the Axis powers. Facing occult threats from the German side, this team must save a family of scientists from the Nazi’s. But the mysterious and dangerous Ghost Hunter is hot on their trail.
“We do what we’re supposed to do. Don’t we? God gives us our path to duts and it is our job to recognize it. To do the right. Or so they say. Even if we no longer believe in God. Even if we’ve lived too long and seen too much to believe.”
Well-lived lives filled with danger and excitement yield memories that are both joyous and tumultuous; taking inventory of these memories can be painful as an audit of one’s often presents regrets. Hammer Hawthorne and his Black Hammer Squadron, the ‘terror of the Nazi Machine,’ fought alongside and against super-powered individuals in larger-than-life battles–when a member of this team reflects on their experiences during WWII, it’s only fitting that an epic story be uncovered, told, and examined.
In Black Hammer ’45: From the World of Black Hammer #1, readers travel seamlessly from past to present, as writer Ray Fawkes ushers them through a minefield of emotions, looking to not only tell a story but to also uncover universal truth in an examination of memory. Jeff Lemire and Fawkes’ story is exciting, and Fawkes’, his dialogue work, especially, feels authentic and painstakingly crafted.
The end result of Sharlene and Matt Kindt’s creative collaborative efforts is stunning and complements the story well. The stripped back, water-colored pages of Black Hammer ’45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 harken back to the Golden Age of comics and offer a reading experience that bleeds nostalgia.
The Bottom Line
Effortlessly transitioning between 1945 and now, Black Hammer ’45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 offers readers a multilayered story that’s wonderfully rendered and provides great food-for-thought; a must-read for Black Hammer fans.