Dark Horse's Black Hammer Gets Sherlock Frankenstein Spinoff Miniseries

The world of Black Hammer is about to get even bigger. Dark Horse Comics has announced Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, a miniseries spinning out of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston's original superhero saga. However, this time around, the comic will focus on the villains of the story, not the heroes.

The Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil miniseries is slated to arrive this fall. Lemire will pen the comic, while David Rubín handles art. Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil will be the first of several miniseries spinning out of Black Hammer; each of these miniseries will feature a different artist.

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“While working on Black Hammer, I found myself having more and more ideas for other types of superhero stories,” Lemire said in a statement. “The main Black Hammer story continues to be the spine of these ideas, but I found them branching off into new directions and new characters as well. It occurred to me that there was a whole history here, a whole superhero universe all of our own, that I could explore and create within. So, Dean Ormston and I have decided to expand the world of Black Hammer and create an avenue to tell these other stories. The first miniseries will be Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, which will be illustrated by the incomparable David Rubín.”

“Lemire and Ormston have created a distinctive look and feel for Black Hammer,” Rubín added. “When designing characters like The Horseless Rider, Doctor Star, Wingman and Black Stallion, I wanted to match the wonderful weirdness of the Black Hammer’s rogue gallery featured in Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil.”

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“Lucy Weber, the daughter of the Black Hammer, is an investigative newspaper reporter, and her search for the truth about her father leads her to some very dark places,” Ormston explained. “In Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, Lucy heads to Spiral City’s infamous asylum to confront the world’s greatest super villains and the secrets they have locked away.”

Black Hammer follows in the proud tradition of creator owned comics published by Dark Horse,” Dark Horse Comics President and Publisher Mike Richardson shared. “Like its many fans, I can’t wait to see what Jeff, Dean and the all star artists have in store for us as the expanded Black Hammer universe unfolds.”

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“The World of Black Hammer has become my favorite place to be,” Lemire concluded. “The last thing I want to do is exploit the fans of Black Hammer with needless spin offs or tie-ins that they have to read to get the whole story. So, these new miniseries, like the regular ongoing Black Hammer series, will stand alone and tell complete, self-contained stories."

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 will go on sale October 18, with a main cover by Rubín and a variant cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

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