Dial H for Hero #1 - Review
The Hero Within
I appreciate DC periodically going back to the well to resurrect properties that haven’t been around in a while in hopes of finding a new audience. The H-Dial is a magical device that bestows a different superhero persona upon each person who dials H-E-R-O into the magical rotary dial. Dial H for Herohas been around the DC Universe since the 1960s and has come and gone with varying success. We are introduced to Miguel, who is leading a fairly uninteresting life helping tend his uncle’s food truck. Miguel is on the constant search for his destiny after experiencing an accident and being saved by Superman. Through what seems to be happenstance, Miguel discovers the H-Dial and transforms into his first hero persona. We are left at the end with Miguel being told by the mysterious Operator that they have conversed before and he will need to guard the H-Dial.
With this latest iteration of the title, DC may have a formula for success. Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones get to relaunch the idea cleanly under the new Wonder Comics imprint. While we got the see the H-Dial reintroduced as a concept within the pages of Action Comics, no other knowledge is needed to jump on to the title.
Of particular note in this book is Joe Quinones’s gorgeous artwork. Joe is handling all the art chores: pencils, inks, and colors. He does a wonderful job capturing expressions and delivers inviting, fantastic colors that help convey the sense of wonder that Miguel is experiencing. Joe is having fun in this issue and showcasing his ability to be versatile, drawing in two completely different styles. The majority of the issue is contemporary, but when Miguel transforms into his first superhero persona, it is in drawn in the style of a late 80s/ early 90s comic. These pages are brilliant in how pitch perfect they are for the time. The line work, inks, the kinds of colors used, all reflect this era. Not to be left out, letterer Dave Sharpe also makes sure to switch up lettering styles to adapt to the era. Seeing this makes me hope that in future issues, when Miguel changes into other heroes, we get to see other era or artist styles mimicked in the book. Dial H for Herois off to a good, fun start.