With Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston's Black Hammer universe expanding through miniseries set in the future and one-shots, Dark Horse Comics is announcing that for the next installment, they're going back in time — and SYFY WIRE has all the exclusive details.
Black Hammer '45 From the World of Black Hammer is a World War II-era story about the Golden Age of Superheroes with Lemire's signature Hammer twist. Lemire will co-write the book with Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Batman: Eternal), and Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Dept. H) will supply the art, with Sharlene Kindt and Marie Enger also contributing.
Black Hammer '45 turns the clock back to 1945 at the height of World War II. The Black Hammer Squadron will take on Nazis, occult threats, and the Ghost Hunter — their ultimate aerial nemesis. With each story of Black Hammer paying homage to a different era of superheroes, 1940s comics like The Invaders, The Shield, and Captain America could be referenced, among many others.
Like the Squadron itself, Lemire's team-up with fellow superstar writer/artists Kindt and Fawkes is a natural pairing, as each is an award-winning storyteller in their own right. To see them all working on the same book is a comic book reader's dream.
“Matt Kindt and Ray Fawkes are two of my best friends,” Lemire said in a statement. “They also happen to be two of my favorite creative forces on the planet Earth."
He added: "The idea of unleashing them as a team into the universe of Black Hammer was way too much fun to pass up. What they’ve come up with is unlike anything we have seen in the Black Hammer Universe yet. It’s fun, it’s crazy, and it looks amazing.”
Also, now that Lemire is hard at work on the Black Hammer pilot script and adaptation to other platforms, collaborating with like-minded creatives could be a way for the prolific writer to stay on schedule. Each new story is also on the table for potential mining for Lemire's deal with Legendary Entertainment.
Black Hammer ‘45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 is the first in a four-issue miniseries, and will arrive on March 6. It's available for pre-order at your local comic shop.