Black Hammer Volume 4: Age of Doom, Part Two by Jeff Lemire was fantastic a perfect ending to the series. I was a little shocked that it ended I know of two other volumes to the series, but upon further research, one is short stories told in the world, and the other is a prequel. This is such a weird series that embraced the weird and did not shy away from it, but through all that weird it told a story of a dysfunctional super hero family, and the ending really nailed that aspect. This is easily one of my top series enders for a graphic novel. Characters were able to grow and the story has a nice arc that went full circle back to the beginning. Black Hammer Volume 4: Age of Doom, Part Two collects Black Hammer Age of Doom 8-12.

The Plot: The group had figured out that their reality was false, that some of their own teammates had a vision that spelled doom. So they created a false world with false identities never to return to earth. The group found a loop hole and broke through it while others tried to stop it. Captain Weird is stuck in a weird plane of existence with superheroes that didn’t make it into existence, and the way to escape is through the minds of the writers. Everyone else is stuck where they came from in an world where there is no Super Hero, only one remembers, will they be enough to convince the team of what they truly are.

What I Liked: The finale was so great the way it was put together, I could not imagine a better ending for the series. The embrace of the weird, this volume was actually toned down but the weird superhero and villains that didn’t make it to the Black Hammer series was great. I loved grizzly man the most, with the line, the people of the 90’s would love this. I liked the showing of LGTBQ relationships on Mars and still that it still has struggles. The Mars fight scenes were great and my favorite action from this volume. Gale getting her daddy attitude back was the best. The return of Walkie Talkie was so welcomed.

What I Disliked: I can already tell the chief complaint, where is the action? For a graphic novel this series has been on the low end. I would have liked to see more, but I was very satisfied with the narrative.

Recommendation: This series is great totally original, I discovered the Black Hammer series when the second volume was up for a Goodreads choice award. If you want to read a series that got its inspiration for pile comics of the 40’s and 50’s then this is the series for you. If you want to read something totally original and frankly a little weird then this is everything you want and more. I rated Black Hammer Volume 4: Age of Doom, Part Two by Jeff Lemire 5 out of 5 stars. I will eventually read the short stories and prequel Black Hammer ’45. 

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