Dark Horse announced that it will be publishing a new superhero series called "The Black Hammer", set to be released later this year. The comic will be written by Jeff Lemire, with art by Dean Ormston. Unlike some of Dark Horse's other superhero books, The Black Hammer is a creator-owned book and will be, according to an interview with CBR, more of a deconstruction of the superhero genre than a traditional superhero comic.
The Black Hammer will focus on five superheroes, each representing parts of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Ages of superhero comics, trapped in a small town for ten years. While the superheroes can't leave due to unknown forces, they've adapted to small town living and the series starts ten years after the heroes arrived in the town. Lemire told CBR that the book would act as a commentary on the state of superhero comics, and on the state of mainstream comics in general.
Interestingly, Lemire is publishing the comic at Dark Horse in part because his DC-exclusive contract ended in June. Lemire stated that he had originally pitched the comic back in 2008 to Dark Horse, but had to wait until his contract expired in June of this year. Lemire also teased that there would be plenty of additional announcements coming up, including a series that he'll be writing and drawing.
The Black Hammer will be released in either late 2014 or early 2015.