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Comic Review: Dial H for Hero!


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The latest installment in DC’s “Wonder Comics” imprint, Dial H For Hero is a modern-day update of the classic “regular Joe becomes a hero” series that the company started decades ago (and tries to revive every few years). Instead of having the mystical phone appear to a new person each issue, this time writer Sam Humphries and artist Joe Quinones place the focus on a young man named Miguel, who comes across the mystical artifact and quickly learns that mysterious forces are looking for him.

When he was a child, Miguel was saved by Superman. It was the thing that made his entire life, but when his parents died, Miguel went to live with his grandfather and was forced to work on his food truck. One night, bored out of his mind, he goes to hang out with his friends who made a giant ramp for his bike. When Miguel messes up his jump, he enters a free fall, but is visited by a a mysterious rotary phone that gives him powers beyond his wildest dreams. But those powers come at a cost…..

Sam Humphries’ script doesn’t have much in the action department, but it really shines when it comes to the characterization of Miguel. He’s extremely relatable, and within the first few pages you really start to take a liking to him. One of the only downsides to this is that Humphries doesn’t have as much time to flesh out Miguel’s supporting cast or how the phone works, but I’m sure that’s coming in future issues.

Joe Quinones’ art is, simply put, spectacular. His solid line work and amazing facial expressions place him easily on the board for “Best Comic Artists” that are currently on the racks, and his style works perfectly for Dial H. Quinones work is well known from Howard The Duck, and he’s got what it takes t o make this book a best-seller.

Dial H For Hero doesn’t flesh out enough of the powers of the mystical telephone, but it does have a solid lead character and an intriguing mystery. So far, the Wonder Comics line has been way stronger than previous DC imprints, and while it remains to be seen how far this quality can go, it’s great to see so many great debuts from the publisher.

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