Published on October 2nd, 2019 | by Kevin Given


Review: Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #4 (of 5)

“This guy is not a Martian. You ever see a green Martian before? Please!” – Barbalien.

This issue opens with heroes from both universes trying to figure out how they wound up in the other universe and essentially blaming the other team for their plight. The tension mounts as both universes’ heroes are desperate to find their way home and neither side knows how to go about it.

The Creative Team:

Jeff Lemire has written for both teams and created the Black Hammer characters, so he knows what makes both sides tick. The banter between the two sides is what makes this issue stand out. He is so comfortable writing for either team and it’s comical to watch the denizens from both universes try to figure out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Each issue gets better than the one before it. Great stuff includes the Black Hammer heroes coming to realize that they need their DC counterparts to succeed in finding their way home and the revelation as to who the strange man really is.

Michael Walsh brings a fresh perspective to the Justice League as he draws them Dark Horse style. His style is unique to these characters and they haven’t been depicted in this fashion before. He makes it seem natural for these characters to mingle with their Black Hammer counterparts. Highlights include Green Lantern and Colonel Weirds trip to the para-zone. And Cyborg’s first meeting with Talky Walky.

In Conclusion:

Most comic book fans probably didn’t think this match up could happen, given the diverse nature of both titles. But the revelation of the strange man suddenly has it make sense. In fact, we should have known this all along. Its great fun seeing this revelation come to light. This issue ends with a fun turn that makes us impatient for the next issue. ***1/2 (8.7 rating)

Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Michael Walsh
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Colorist: Michael Walsh
Cover Artist: Andrew Robinson

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Superhero

Publication Date: October 09, 2019
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC: 7 61568 00496 0 00421

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About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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