Black Hammer Visions #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Patton Oswalt
Art by Dean Kotz
Colors by Jason Wordie
Letters by Nate Piekos
The Rundown: A questioning young woman discovers a mystery in Rockwood connected to her past.
Barbara and Eunice have graduated high school and are celebrating at one of their favorite spots. After Barbara tells her best friend about a party she wants to attend, Eunice questions why she’s looking back instead of moving on. The conversation sends Eunice back into her memory to when they were younger and a strange young girl who transferred into their school. The girl is Gail Gibbons and Eunice quickly sees how unique she is while everyone else sees her as weird. Gail sees something in Eunice as well.
After remarking about Gail’s strange behavior, they reminisce about how she left the school and how they ran across the same girl years later. Having not aged a day, Gail quickly comes up with a story and more strange events occur until Eunice is spurred to track down the girl and tell her that she knows the truth. A truth that might cost Eunice everything that makes her unique herself.
The Story: Patton Oswalt does a great job of telling a story of angst and emotion while keeping themes of being unique at its center. There are definite shades of Ghost World in the relationship between Barbara and Eunice and the grounded approach to the story makes its mystery and plot compelling while offering a new look at some familiar characters. A great issue that is fun, lighthearted and engaging while conveying a great message.
The Art: Dean Kotz does a great job of emphasizing the characters throughout the story. The art draws in the reader both in its emotional characters and beautifully detailed environments.