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Dial H For Hero #1
May 9th, 2013 by Rusty

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Dial H For Hero #1 cover

Dial H For Hero #1

Date: July 2012
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
2013 Price Range: $3.00 – $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and “The Dark” column
Writer: China Miéville
Artists: Mateus Santolouco, Tanya & Richard Horie, Steve Wands, Brian Bolland
Notable Notes: Strange phone booth creates even stranger super-heroes!

One of my Favorite Authors!

I have been a big fan of China Miéville for several years. After reading the bizarre Perdido Street Station I was totally hooked on his writing style. Embassytown, a wonderfully good alien story, only sealed the deal for me. Anyway, when I discovered that he was writing this comic series I knew I had to give it a go! The series has been getting good reviews and hasn’t been canceled yet so I figured it was time to give it a try. It is hard to judge a series or writer by one issue, but after reading this one I am impressed by Miéville’s quirky and dark humor!


This first issue of the rebooted series opens in Littleville where a man named Darren is helping his big, over-weight, out-of-shape friend (Nelse) into his apartment after he had a heart attack. They begin arguing and Darren leaves angry. Well, this doesn’t sit too well with Nelse, who feels bad about what he said so he goes after Darren only to find him getting beat up in an alley. When Nelse tries to help he gets a whoopin’ too! With no cell phone and nothing else to do he crawls into an old phone booth and begins dialing for help when suddenly he is transformed into “Boy Chimney!” Who is that you might ask? Well, he is one tall, ugly, smoking-hat dude who puts the hurt on Darren’s attackers that’s who! After getting Darren to the hospital Nelse returns to the magical booth to become another sadistically funny super-hero and begins tracking down the people who hurt his friend. He finds them alright, but they turn out to be a little more than even he can handle – but that doesn’t stop him from trying again!

My 2 Cents:

  • This was kind of a melancholy story, and would have been overly morose had it not been for the funny super-heroes that Nelse turns into. Boy Chimney was good, but Captain Lachrymose was totally awesome!
  • The writing style was a bit different and choppy, with (intended) gaps in the dialogue. However, I thought it worked well for this type of comic.
  • The art was pretty good. The people were kind of gross (on purpose, perhaps?) but the villains and super-heroes were really cool and enhanced the story!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars

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