Secret Origins of the Hero-Verse!
Dial H has been successful among its compatriots in the Wonder Comics imprint. Originally scheduled as a six-issue miniseries, it has been given an extension to twelve issues. This arc is winding down and I am intrigued to see where Humphries and Quinones take the next one. Will we see more connections to the broader DC Universe? Will it branch out to the other Wonder Comics titles? So far, Humphries has been at ease plumbing the depths of the DC canon to help contextualize Dial H’s place within the history of the DC Universe.
Sam Humphries does a nice job setting this up as the penultimate [ since this title was originally solicited as a six issue run ] issue leading into issue #6. It has all the feeling of a solid penultimate issue in that it serves not only to set up a big ending to the arc by introducing a big cliffhanger, but it also fleshes out the mystery of the H Dial and Hero-verse at large.
Throughout this issue, we get quite the fun treat seeing Miguel cross paths with various Justice Leaguers’ lives, critical moments which put them at the crossroads of becoming heroes. There is a question posed about secret origins, what they truly mean within the context of these heroes, and what it might mean for Miguel. The way it plays out is a nice spin, giving the reader pause to think about how that might play out within oneself.
This is the perfect title to hand off to someone who might want to read a comic and is a bit tepid about comic book continuity. That kind of concern, that comic history is a giant albatross that hinders someone's desire to jump in and read. The story is completely self-contained and works well. I cannot say enough good about Quinones’s art. I think his real power lies in how damn good he is in drawing expressive faces without a lot of line work. He captures the emotion without unnecessary, busy line work. There is a beauty to the simplicity of his art that just hits all the right notes. Coupled with the coloring work from Gibson, this book can have mass appeal to veteran and new readers alike.