Since Marvel has zombies I guess DC needs them too? Don’t get me wrong, I loved the darkest night event but let’s call a spade a spade shall we. Black Hand is a space zombie generator and that’s he does in Black Hand #1. There’s even a line where a police chief reminds his fellow cops of their anti-zombie training. It’s funny, but I don’t think Black Hand #1 is supposed to be funny.
Like Dial E, Black Hand is a little all over the place except this time it’s tone. The book starts off pretty creepy. There are people talking about cremating Arkham inmates; Black had reassembles himself out of the ashes of violent sociopaths and of course, space zombies. However, there’s a lot odd jokes sprinkled throughout, some dark and some just odd, like police zombie training. Also, the justification for reviewing Black Hand’s life is that he’s got amnesia which is also portrayed inconsistently. Sometime it’s like he’s forgotten how to work his thumbs and the next page he’s turning cops into zombies via flu shot. You’ll have to read the book to find out how. While that is pretty damn cool, I don’t think it’s something an amnesiac could come up with. Sure he gets his memories by the end of the book but the leap from remembering to walk to mastery over death is jarring.
While Black Had #1 starts and stops, it ends really well and is worth the read, especially because Black Had will be showing up later down the road.
Final Verdict: Braiiiins….