Here is the tale of Spiral City’s greatest heroes, condemned to an idyllic farmland existence in rural America, a prison from which they can never escape!
That series, Black Hammer, published by Dark Horse Comics, has been a favorite of this particular reader since it began. Biff Bam Pop! has written about it both here and here and its following in the comic book community has only grown with each passing month.
The Black Hammer universe has developed exponentially, it seems, as Lemire and Ormston have been busy world-building by laying storytelling foundations of important, historic events in and around the main characters in each and every issue. It’s actually reminiscent of Mike Mignola’s work on Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. in its early days. Not only has this creative expenditure ripened the main Black Hammer story, but it’s provided colourful jumping-off points, for other, ancillary stories set in the same universe.
Today sees the first fruit of that endeavour with the publication of the first issue of the first Black Hammer spin-off series: Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil!
Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion Of Evil #1
Written By: Jeff Lemire
Illustrated By: David Rubin
Published By: Dark Horse Comics
Black Hammer may not be a true horror comic book, which would fit nicely within the confines of the Biff Bam Pop! 31 Days of Horror theme for this month, but it still has ties to horror and horror comics of the 1970’s through some of its main characters. Also, its main story-line is certainly dark and suspenseful and secretive.
Black Hammer, you see, is a twenty-first century take-off of all the great comics that have ever been published: chiefly the Justice League series of comic books. But here you’ll find mashups and tips of the hat to comics like House of Mystery and Strange Adventures. Horror, science fiction…and superhero themes and characters, abound in the world of Black Hammer!
Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion Of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by the absolutely wonderful David Rubin (Ether, Beowulf) whose work we’ve highlighted here and here, aims to take a look back on established history and shine a spotlight on the villains that the heroes of Spiral City used to battle against. Somehow, they might have a clue to escaping the abhorrent purgatory that Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly and the Barbalien currently find themselves within.
Within the pages of this four-issue miniseries, we’ll learn more about the great and brilliant villain named Sherlock Frankenstein and the other Spiral City scoundrels of evil: Metal Minataur, Cthu-Lou, Black Stallion, Sultrix and more!
Who better to unlock the secrets of the villains than investigative reporter, Lucy Webster, daughter of the great hero, Black Hammer! Watch the puzzle pieces of the greatest mystery in comic books today slowly come together. What answers might be revealed?
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up that first puzzle piece in Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion Of Evil #1!
You can catch a preview of Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion Of Evil #1 right here.