Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual 1 (January 2017)

Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual #1

It’s a double-sized (or at least over-sized) annual for Black Hammer, yay. Colonel Weird goes through the Paraverse pursuing a creature (who looks a bit like Starro) and going into flashbacks with each of the characters, with different artists. It’s good art, it’s sad superheroes, there’s lots of implied depth, it’s moody, it’s Black Hammer.


Writer, Jeff Lemire; artists, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Dustin Nguyen, Raw Fawkes, Emi Lenox, and Mike Allred; colorists, Dave Stewart, Sharlene Kindt, and Fawkes; letterer, Todd Klein; editors, Cardner Clark and Daniel Chabon; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Ether 1 (November 2016)

Ether #1

Ether is about a scientist who finds his way into a magical dimension. He’s got some Adam Strange-like conditions on his visits and a comedic sidekick. He’s also like Sherlock Holmes, complete with nemesis. It’s familiar territory but entertaining with some great art from David Rubín.


Writer, Matt Kindt; artist and letterer, David Rubín; editors, Cardner Clark and Daniel Chabon; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Strange Tales 2 (December 2009)


The second issue starts real strong with Bertozzi’s perv Watcher intro and then immediately drops. Tony Millionaire’s Iron Man manages to be a wee bit learned to be effective. Maybe I just don’t see Iron Man as ripe for humor, except maybe drunk jokes–regardless, grafting absurdism with Marvel heroes doesn’t work in the story.

Johnson’s Fantastic Four story is well-illustrated but incredibly lame (Johnson basically tries to come up with every awkward blind joke he can). Not sure if it’s disappointing, but it helps set the tone for the issue (one of failure).

The Brother Voodoo thing’s lame.

Then there’s the fantastic Vasquez M.O.D.O.K. story and some good FF stuff (lots of FF stuff this issue). Chabot’s FF is the strongest thing this issue overall.

Again, the Bagge Hulk disappoints. The Kindt Black Widow is pointless.

There’s some nice artwork here, nothing slacking, but the writing doesn’t match.


The Watcher; writer, artist and letterer, Nick Bertozzi; colorist, Chris Sinderson. Iron Man; writer, artist and letterer, Tony Millionaire; colorist, Jim Campbell. Anything But Retail; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, R. Kikuo Johnson. Death Rides a Five-Dollar Bag!; writers, Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca; artist, colorist and letterer, Maruca. M.O.D.O.K. ‘n’ Me; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Jhonen Vasquez. The Unfortunate Three!; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Max Cannon. Lookin’ Good, Mr. Grimm; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Jacob Chabot. The Incorrigible Hulk; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Peter Bagge. Enlist Today; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Jonathan Hickman. Black Widow; writer, artist, colorist and letterer, Matt Kindt. Editors, Jody LeHeup, Aubrey Sitterson, John Barber, Axel Alonso and Damien Lucchese; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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