Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Dial H for Hero #6 Review and **SPOILERS**

Just For One Day

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist and Cover: Joe Quinones
Additional Inks: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Jordan Gibson
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date:August 28, 2019


Hey-ooo! It’s the final issue of Dial H for Hero…that Jim is willing to cover on the podcast, that is. Not only that, but it’s the first issue I’ve read since #3 came out. And this one I was barely comprehending even when I did read it! Let’s see if I can figure it all about in my review of Dial H for Hero #6!

Explain It!

I think the last time I read this book, some hooded character named Mr. Thunderbolt revealed himself as someone controlling the minds of sleeper agents throughout the world. Well, since that time, this Thunderbolt character was able to hand out the H Dial to everyone in Metropolis. There are now dozens of clever (if derivative) new characters soaring and leaping and even bouncing around the city, giving Joe Quinones an opportunity to really flex his artistic styles. Summer has turned into a Madman-style character named Lo Lo Kick You, though instead of kicking she runs through crowds of garish superheroes to, uh…do something urgent, I’m sure. Meanwhile, Miguel is hanging out with the Operator (thank goodness I read the series written by China Mieville during the New 52!) who tells him a bunch of jibber jabber while exhorting him to use the H-Dial and repair the Force or whatever. Miguel is recalcitrant for some reason…some kind of mess he created as a superhero. Finally, Miguel is convinced by a visit from his favorite hero, Superman, to become…SuperMiguel! They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

Once SuperMiguel is on the scene, everything is wrapped up nicely: he saves a plane full of passengers from crashing with the help of some other heroes, thereby inspiring others to be good just as he was inspired by his childhood experience with Superman. He links up with Summer again, and…that’s it, really, they’re now heroes and we’ll see their continuing story in future issues of the series. The identity of Mister Thunderbolt is not revealed, and he appears to have designs on DC’s Multiverse, so you’ve got that coming up, if you want it.

And you know what? I think I do. Joe Quinones’ exquisite rendering and sequentials owe to a lot of my interest, but I also love a goofy story with just enough self-awareness to make things funny without being sarcastic. In fact, I’m gonna read the issues I missed in this series! Uh, when I get around to it.

Bits and Pieces:

If you love comic books in general, then you should be touched by this Superman-centric love letter to the medium, Other folks would probably be confused by it.


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