Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer universe is expanding this December with a new Lovecraftian one-shot. Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise is written by Lemire, with art by his Plutona collaborator, Emi Lenox. The one-shot tells the story of the titular Cthu-Louise, the daughter of a former Spiral City supervillain, as she attends high school while also having a green, tentacled head. But really, who didn’t feel like they had one of those in high school?
Cthu-Louise and her father, Cthu-Lou, were introduced as minor characters in the Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil miniseries. Lemire has been slowly building out the world of Black Hammer with miniseries like the aforementioned Sherlock Frankenstein, Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, and The Quantum Age. Lenox is no stranger to the Black Hammer universe herself, having illustrated a story in the Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual.
Check out the cover to the new one-shot, as well as the full press release announcement, below. Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise will be in stores this December.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 13, 2018)—High school can be hell for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for teenage girls spawned by the emissary of a Cthulhu god! Based on Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series, Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise explores the realities of attending high school as an outsider. Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls, Descender) pens this one-shot. Superstar artist Emi Lenox (Plutona, EmiTown), Black Hammer colorist Dave Stewart (Hellboy), and legendary letterer Todd Klein (Sandman, Fables) join him on this new adventure. The beautiful cover and variant covers are by Emi Lenox and Jill Thompson (Beasts of Burden, Scary Godmother).In Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, Cthu-Louise struggles and is teased at school due to her monstrous appearance. Finally fed up with the bullying and abuse, she decides she will do anything to make herself “normal.” It’s Carrie meets Call of the Cthulhu!The Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise one-shot goes on sale December 12, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.Praise for the Black Hammer universe:
“Every so often, you read a comic that grabs hold of you and won’t let go. Its world is fascinating, its characters are captivating and its art is mesmerizing.”—IGN
“Each Black Hammer adventure – be it sci-fi, film noir, or straight-up superhero tale – has always had something incredibly human grounding it.”—Fanbase Press
“As much a study of loneliness and isolation as it is a superhero deconstruction. If Black Hammer lives up to its early promise, it will deserve a place on the shelf right next to the Watchmen series.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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