DIAL H FOR HERO 1

I GOT THIS NUMBER IN THE BATHROOM

I GOT THIS NUMBER IN THE BATHROOM

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Miguel, a teen daredevil, becomes the newest wielder of the Hero Dial—a rotary phone-like device that grants the user superpowers for one hour when they dial H-E-R-O. Will he rise as a new hero in the DC Universe or crumble under the weight of responsibility the dial thrusts upon him? This blistering new six-issue miniseries joins the Wonder Comics lineup with stories by award-winning fan favorite Sam Humphries (HARLEY QUINN) and art by Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck). 

The first issue in DCs Dial H for Hero "relaunch" "reboot" for Wonder Comics is a wild ride to say the least. Young Miguel is quite relatable to kids I know, and a little like I was when I was younger. Just one small difference, most kids I know didn't almost die and were saved by Superman himself. Now a thrill-seeking action junkie looking for the next big thrill, Miguel is a little lost. Working a boring job for his uncle, at an all mayo food truck no less. He’s bored, as most young teenagers can be, living in a small town with nothing to do. Miguel is craving for something more, looking for that feeling he once had when he was on the brink of death and being held in the arms of Superman. With call-backs to characters throughout the DC Universe, Issue #1 sets Miguel up for something that seems way over his head. But when a mysterious phone calls, who is Miguel to not answer? 

Artwork by Joe Quinones is perfectly drawn, and when the Monster Truck "flip" happens, it was very interesting to see the style change to fit the narrative. Writer Sam Humphries blends teenage dialogue between Miguel and the mysterious Summer easily, and again when the "flip" happens, the switch to the outrageous works and feels natural. Often time I find, when reading comics, that the words don't match the art Which sometimes is the intention or the goal, and others it is not. In this case, it works to perfection.

"Fried mayo on a stick. Hasta La Vista Cars! Every thousand years the earth needs a new eternal champion of... trucking." These phrases are just some of the awesomeness that Issue #1 of Dial H for Hero has.

Questions of course arise, and from a simple phone call at that. Who is The Operator? What is the Heroverse? Who is The Thunderbolt Club, and is Miguel with Summer in tow, up for the challenge? Hopefully Issue #2 doesn't keep us on hold for to long.

RATING: LET’S GO!

Emmet Davis

Emmet Davis, small town Ontario, Canada, I live with my two amazing kids and lovely partner. That's one half of my life, the other? Movies, Sports, and Comics.

Preacher, Batman: Year One, Locke and Key are some of my first loves and entries into the world of Comics, but the first comic I ever owned was The Amazing Spiderman: Skating on Thin Ice #1 from February of 1993. I was six years old then. That issue blended what I grew up to love as a teen and an adult, hockey and comics, and of course not doing drugs. Still own that same copy to this day. Thanks for reading