Exclusive preview: Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer spinoff, Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1

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Sep 13, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT

When you're on the hunt for a team of missing superheroes and need a new lead, try looking for their supervillains.

That’s the clever idea behind Dark Horse Comics' Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, the first spinoff series of Black Hammer, created by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston.

Launched last year, the critically-lauded Black Hammer revolved around the missing champions of Spiral City, who vanished a decade prior following a showdown with a universe-ending Anti-God (turns out, they escaped to a farm community in another zone). As the titular hero's daughter Lucy Weber seeks to uncover the mystery of their disappearance, the comic also follows the champions' story in their 'idyllic' prison.

The main story will continue in the pages of Black Hammer, but beginning October 18, the four-issue miniseries Sherlock Frankenstein – written by Lemire, with art by David Rubín – finds Lucy entering Spiral City's asylum to confront the world's greatest supervillains, such as Grimjim, Mectoplasm, The Horseless Rider, Doctor Star, Wingman, Black Stallion, and maybe even Sherlock Frankenstein himself.

And Lemire suggests Sherlock Frankenstein is but the beginning of his Black Hammer universe tie-ins.

"The world of Black Hammer has become my favorite place to be," said Lemire in a release from Dark Horse. "The last thing I want to do is exploit the fans of Black Hammer with needless spin offs or tie-ins that they have to read to get the whole story, so these new mini-series, like the regular ongoing Black Hammer series, will stand alone and tell complete, self-contained stories."

When the creator-owned comic drops this October, it will arrive with main cover by David Rubin, a Mike Allred Local Comic Shop Day cover, and a Mike Mignola variant cover. You can check those covers out below, along with a SYFY WIRE exclusive preview of four pages from the debut issue.

If you dig what you see, pick up Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 on October 18.