Anybody that knows me enough to know about my comic tastes, knows I’m a fan of Jeff Lemire. Anybody that’s read this blog probably knows too. So, that’s like 7 people. Plus the two strangers from the blog.
Anywho, Jeff Lemire writes a book called Black Hammer. It’s a story about retired superheroes. Without getting into that book, I’ll tell you. The Lemire-verse, the huge world of characters he has created throughout all of his other books, expanded greatly with Black Hammer.
In October, Lemire released Sherlock Frankenstein with David Rubin. The Lemire-verse just got bigger. I’m a little late to the this because we were on vacation when it came out, I couldn’t find it at Maui Comics, (which by the way, I hear just expanded, is getting better displays and is all around killing it), and being a single working Dad, it took me a minute to get back into my own LCS. In S.F.L.E. (Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil) we are introduced to Lucy Weber, the daughter of the incredible Black Hammer. Her Dad has been missing since the last great battle between the good guys and Anti-God, a cosmic bad guy. Lucy has dedicated her life to finding him. She’s a journalist and she’s just discovered her Dad’s secret Headquarters. Putting her skills to use, she’s determined to investigate, interview, and interrogate whoever she needs to to find her answers. And the best place to start is with one of the baddest Villains of all time: Sherlock Frankenstein.
I can tell from this first issue, we have only scratched the surface of a whole new plethora of new characters. With names like Manaconda, Chtu-Lou, and Sultrix, Lemire has set us up for introductions to characters I know I’m going to love. I see a lot of similarities to other character universes, but with so many decades of influence, this is inevitable, if not intentional.
We are even introduced to The Liberty Squadron: Superheroes of the Greatest Generation. I hope to see that fleshed out further, as well.
The first villain we meet is Mectoplasm. By the end of Lucy’s interview, Mectoplasm has defied all of my expectations. The book ends with a major revelation, and then an introduction to Chtu-Lou. The next issue is already bagged and boarded in my long box, but I think I’ll finally dig it out. Maybe I’ll get through it before my son wants me to watch Power Rangers with him. Maybe I won’t. But I expect I’ll enjoy it. Pick it up in single issues at your Local Comic Shop or get it in trade paperback soon. I can only imagine where Lemire’s gonna take this story.