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Dial H For Hero #2
June 1st, 2013 by Rusty

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Dial H For Hero #2 cover

Dial H For Hero #2

Date: August 2012
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Stats: 20 color pages plus ads
Writer: China Miéville
Artists: Mateus Santolouco, Tanya & Richard Horie, Steve Wands, Brian Bolland
Notable Notes: Crazy superheroes battle Darren’s old gang!

Superhero Variety Hour!

Did you ever dream up your own superheroes when you were a kid? (Do you still do that?!) I sure did. Mostly I pretended to be Daredevil, but sometimes I would make up my own super powers – like magical rainbow-colored eyes that could control people! Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Um, anyway, here is comic book with some wonderfully strange superheroes. Give it a try – you may like it!


In issue #1 we learned about how Nelse used an old phone booth to turn into random superheroes to help his friend Darren. This issue begins with Nelse trying out several different funny heroes – such as “Shamanticore” and “Pelican Army!” Anyway, after helping out the cops he returns to the hospital and learns that Darren was part of a gang that would rob homes of hospitalized people. Being down on his luck he decides to give it a try too – but all he finds is some magical lady who very nearly beats him up. Later, when Nelse learns that Darren is no longer in his hospital room, he transforms into the “Iron Snail” and goes after the gang. Unfortunately for him his super identity doesn’t last long and he reverts to his old self in the middle of battle! The gang follows him and as they are about to reach him Nelse comes across the magical lady once again – but this time she is on his side as they prepare for a fight!

My 2 Cents:

  • China Miéville – wow what an imagination! This story was totally fun to read, and the bizarre superheroes only added to the quirky goodness! Bravo!
  • Even though some (most) of the characters are drawn in a disgusting manner – I still found the art to be quite good, and felt that it matched the tone of the story perfectly!
  • I was a little peeved at DC Comics – first because this $3 issue only had 20 pages, and second because of all the ads for “Before Watchmen!” Good grief – I think 6 full pages about these mini-series was overkill! Enough already!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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