Dark Horse Expands 'Black Hammer' Universe With 'Colonel Weird' (Exclusive)

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Franchise co-creator Jeff Lemire teams with Tyler Crook for the spring miniseries.

Dark Horse Comics will further expand the Black Hammer universe this spring with the launch of Colonel Weird: Cosmagog, a four-issue series by Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook. The move comes as Legendary Entertainment’s own trans media adaptation of the universe continues to develop.

As the name suggests, the miniseries will center on Randall Weird, the former NASA astronaut whose trip to the Para-Zone at a relatively young age made him a little…well, I think his name says it all. The character has been a mainstay of the property since its debut.

In a statement, Lemire, who co-created the Black Hammer property with artist Dean Ormston in 2016, said, “Colonel Weird has been my favorite Black Hammer character since Dean Ormston and I created him. I’ve always wanted to do a series where the storytelling would echo Weird's unique mind, and unique perspective. Tyler Crook’s work more than lives up to the challenge. This is a deep dive into Colonel Weird’s past and his future.”

Crook added, “I think Jeff and Dean have created one of the most interesting and heartfelt superhero universes that we've seen in decades. I feel lucky to get the chance to contribute to the world.”

As if the chance to learn more about the cosmic hero’s backstory isn’t enough, Cosmagog has another reason for fans to get excited: finally, they’ll get to find out what happened to him after the conclusion of last year’s Age of Doom series, where the world was seemingly reset to avoid apocalypse. The series launches April 22, but a glimpse of Crook’s artwork for the first issue can be seen below.