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  1. I’d describe Black Hammer as “warm” right now, as opposed to “hot”. The books are selling at roughly consistent prices (with some going a little high, and others low). Issue 1, unslabbed in VF/NM or better, consistently sells for $20-$30 (regular cover) and $150-$175 (SDCC 2016 cover). That being said, the entire Black Hammer Universe is licensed to Legendary, a large production studio, who'd like to use these characters to populate interconnected TV and movie worlds. I know Jeff’s been working on the scripts, but it’s a long haul to final production. I’m of the opinion, given Jef’’s skill and Legendary’s desire to market a superhero universe, that this’ll happen, and I’d expect prices to jump when they do. With that in mind, I’d propose holding off on slabbing now, and once a launch date is announced for one of the Black Hammer projects, I’d slab then. Hope that’s helpful guidance.
  2. Jeff does his best work when he takes he can take his time to develop characters both on their own and through their relationships with the people around them. Whether it’s his work on Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Descender, or Black Hammer, if you give Jeff 24-40 issues, he almost always knocks it out of the park. But, give him five issues and ten characters and the story can feel a little hurried and the ending a little forced. Too bad Jeff didn’t have the chance to let BH/JLA unfold a little more in a 12 issue series, because there were rich moments, but those got mixed in with plot lines that had to move too quickly to fit into a 5 issue arch. I have faith Jeff will right the Black Hammer universe in his next series. Too bad this one wasn’t all you and I had hoped for. That happens sometimes, even to the best of writers.
  3. Black Hammer 13, Page 17: A Team is Born (in Pencil) Sometimes we’re called together by circumstance, sometimes by fate, and sometimes… well, just sometimes by the courageous words of one Abraham Slam. These nine panels tell the story of how five of Spiral City’s greatest heroes came together to form one incredible team. Not all pages are created equal, as this page proves, and I’m sure we all understand why it’s neighbors were fraught with envy: a heartfelt origin story, check… four heroes each claiming a panel of their own, check… humor coupled with charm, check… and, perhaps most importantly, the sort of heartfelt storytelling and relational interconnectedness we've come to expect from the remarkable world of Black Hammer, check. In the prophetic words of Abraham Slam, shared in the final panel as our page says goodbye, “Together no matter what”.
  4. Black Hammer 13, Page 17: A Team is Born Sometimes we’re called together by circumstance, sometimes by fate, and sometimes… well, just sometimes by the courageous words of one Abraham Slam. These nine panels tell the story of how five of Spiral City’s greatest heroes came together to form one incredible team. Not all pages are created equal, as this page proves, and I’m sure we all understand why it’s neighbors were fraught with envy: a heartfelt origin story, check… four heroes each claiming a panel of their own, check… humor coupled with charm, check… and, perhaps most importantly, the sort of heartfelt storytelling and relational interconnectedness we've come to expect from the remarkable world of Black Hammer, check. In the prophetic words of Abraham Slam, shared in the final panel as our page says goodbye, “Together no matter what”.
  5. Black Hammer 13, Page 22: A Hero At Last (in pencils) Sometimes, we’re called to greatness… by the voices of those that came before us… or, in Lucy’s case, by the call of the hammer once proudly wielded by her father. When we answer that call, as Lucy does, life transforms us, and in a moment we become something new, something grander than we were before. This page ends chapter one of the Back Hammer Universe, but, by introducing us to the new Black Hammer, Lucy Webber, it opens the door to a whole new world of bravery and heroism.
  6. Black Hammer 13, Page 22: A Hero At Last Sometimes, we’re called to greatness… by the voices of those that came before us… or, in Lucy’s case, by the call of the hammer once proudly wielded by her father. When we answer that call, as Lucy does, life transforms us, and in a moment we become something new, something grander than we were before. This page ends chapter one of the Back Hammer Universe, but, by introducing us to the new Black Hammer, Lucy Webber, it opens the door to a whole new world of bravery and heroism.
  7. Black Hammer 7, page 16: A Hero’s Heart (in pencil) From its opening words (“I want to see my dad”) to its closing (“With all my heart”) and with every image and sentence in between, this page stakes its claim as the most emotionally poignant one in the entire Black Hammer Universe. And while it’s a universe filled with colorful characters, it’s the relationships that bond them together that give this story life and heart. No page is more illustrative of that than this one.
  8. Black Hammer 7, page 16: A Hero’s Heart From its opening words (“I want to see my dad”) to its closing (“With all my heart”) and with every image and sentence in between, this page stakes its claim as the most emotionally poignant one in the entire Black Hammer Universe. And while it’s a universe filled with colorful characters, it’s the relationships that bond them together that give this story life and heart. No page is more illustrative of that than this one.
  9. A Hero is Born (in Ink) In a word, America's super-powered sweetheart is born...
  10. A Hero is Born (in Pencils) Zafram! It’s just a word… or is it? Not to Gail Gibbons, who discovers it’s a Golden word that gives her the power of the ancient wizard. And this is just a page… or is it? More than a page, it’s an origin story; a tribute to a Golden age in comic book history; and perhaps the most iconic image of Golden Gail. (A shoutout to Mike at NSN Art for making this possible — and for being an all-around great guy — and a superhero-sized thank you to Dean for agreeing to the sale of his beautiful art.)
  11. Great eye. Anti-God is a tip-of-the-hat (on Jeff and Dean's part) to Kirby's New Gods,
  12. Black Hammer 1, page 25. A Universe is Born (and Inked). Here, on page 25 of issue 1, Dean (Ormston) and Jeff (Lemire) introduce us to the heroes of the Black Hammer Universe. With this page, a universe is inked.
  13. Black Hammer 1, page 25. A Universe is Penciled. Perhaps the most iconic image in all of the Black Hammer Universe. Jeff (Lemire) introduces us to these characters’ alter egos, on Black Hammer farm, in pages 1 through 24. But it’s here, on page 25, that Dean (Ormston) introduces us to the heroes that they are. With this page, a universe is born. (A shoutout to Mike at NSN Art for making this possible — and for being an all-around great guy — and a superhero-sized thank you to Dean for agreeing to the sale of his beautiful art.)
  14. Original Art (from Dean Ormston) coming soon... What’s a Black Hammer aficionado to do after collecting (and reading) all the books in this new universe… in my case, it’s pursue Black Hammer original art. Being new to original art, I was only able to succeed in my efforts thanks to the amazing help of Mike from nsnart and the graciousness of Dean Ormston, who created the art in the first place, and who was kind enough to sell it. I’ve committed myself to rereading the series and posting the original art here and on CAF (I just created my gallery there) as I bump into these eight pages of Dean's remarkable work in the books themselves. The good news is that all eight of these pages are contained in the original thirteen issue run, so it won't be long. These pages, soon to follow, are (to me) some of the most iconic in the whole of the Black Hammer Universe, and some of the most heartfelt.
  15. I love a good Black Hammer question. But before answering, let me first agree with you! The JLA/BH crossover is very well done, along with everything else in the BH Universe! Jeff’s created such great quality content across all these titles. Regarding the Ashcan, my understanding is that Black Hammer launched at SDCC 2016. And, what would a launch be without a few giveaways and special variant covers? Black Hammer was no exception. SDCC 2016 came with Dustin Nygen’s variant cover (limited to 500 issues) and Ashcans (not sure how many were printed… anyone know?). The Ashcan is smaller than your usual comic book (about 1/2 it’s size), and it’s content includes the first several pages of issue 1. (I’m not sure how many pages. While I think it’s 16, I’ll have to check). Let me know if there’s anything more I can offer up here.