FROM THE PUBLISHER: On the road (in a food truck full of mayonnaise!) with the amazing H-Dial that gifts the user with a new superpower every time they place a call, teenage runaways Miguel and Summer come under attack by others who crave the power the dial offers. With cryptic calls from the “phone zone” and no one to turn to for help, the adolescent adventurers come to a breaking point, where they either must work together or lose more than just the dial.
Miguel is not in the mood to be a superhero. He doesn’t want to answer the H Dial, and he doesn’t care who is on the other end. He doesn’t care what threats are just steps behind him in Issue 2 of Wonder Comics Dial H for Hero.
When Summer picked up Miguel in his uncles Mayo Truck and ran away from Devils Canyon, I was interested to see how their dynamic would work. Miguel had dreams of something greater, and Summer had dreams of getting as far away from home as possible. Miguel’s inner monologue in issue #1 directed towards Superman was Miguel asking for help, he was seeking some guidance. Summer came to his rescue instead. Not what Miguel expected, but maybe what he needed? Their banter in issue #2 is laugh out loud funny. They argue, they bitch and complain. All written perfectly by Humphries. Their immaturity makes you recognize that they are just kids after all. They both end up way over their heads at points in this issue.
New Threats from The Thunderbolt Club actually bring out the hidden hero in Miguel. He has to make a choice, to do nothing or to do something. He is asking these questions to Superman through inner monologue, hoping Superman has the answers. It shows the heart that Miguel, and this book has deep down. It’s not just a wild and bananas ride without a message. It’s about choosing right over wrong. Summer and Miguel could have quit, they could have given up, but they didn’t. They want to do what is right.
The battle between Miguel’s Iron Deadhead and Barnaby’s Jobu the Zonkey King is great entertainment. It is drawn and colored to perfection. I love the different styles that each incarnation gets after Dialing the H Dial. I wrote this in my review for issue #1. It just adds so much to the book every time the art changes to fit whomever dialed. The personalities that the creators have formed are hilarious and imaginative. When starting to read issue #2, I looked forward to more transformation from the characters from the H Dial. I was not let down. The first issue had one transformation, the second issue doubles down and gives the readers two, both funny and crazy. Makes you wonder what they have in store for further issues. How will they out do themselves?
There are numerous hints to the greater DC Universe and its characters. Through necessity, Miguel and Summer will need help better understanding what the H Dial is and who has it now. Comedy is a big part of this series, but heart is right there as well. Dial H for Hero issue #2 keeps the great pace that issue #1 set. New challenges crop up, and I was left with wanting more. But also, I didn’t feel like I was teased with questions that didn’t seem to have answers. This book is must read. Its funny, and heartfelt. Now to get Issue #3 on speed dial.
RATING: GOTTA GO!