Dial H for Hero Returns for a New Generation!
Dial H for Hero was a comic device in the 1960s that allowed a kid to transform into different heroes. That’s all this reviewer knows about it. When it was revealed to be a part of the Wonder Comics line, I was skeptical. This was an old concept that not many knew about. Then I saw it was Sam Humphries writing, and since I loved his work on Green Lanterns, this should be given a chance. So can this forgotten piece of DC history step back into the spotlight?
**Some Spoilers Below**
When our protagonist, Miguel, was younger, he was hurt at the pool. It ended up being a rather severe injury and caused Superman to come running to help. Since that encounter, Miguel has thrown himself into danger time and time again. He hopes to feel the rush of seeing a hero again but to no avail. Miguel now lives with his uncle working on a Mayo food truck. One night, he attempts another daredevil stunt in the form of a canyon jump, which he fails. Before he falls to his death, however, an old school rotary phone appears, telling him to touch the number four, containing the letter H. He does it, and the young man is transformed into a hero.
It’s strange, but this comic is by far the most fun in the Wonder Comics line. We get a clear look at our protagonist’s life and why he wants to see another hero. Miguel is your stereotypical big dreamer, but there is still time to add something new to him. The fun kicks off when the hero dial is used. The hero, Monster Truck, is ridiculous, crazy, and practically smells of 90’s cheese. This also leads to an epic action sequence that’s a ton of fun. Monster Truck unleashes a beat down with cheesy one-liners, and it left this reviewer with a big grin. The world is neat; the action is fun, what else could you ask for?
Joe Quinones is the illustrator for the issue, and he went above and beyond to make this look fantastic. The world of Miguel is kept grounded with smaller expressions and subdued colors. It makes the story feel a bit more realistic, despite us seeing Superman at the beginning. The biggest surprise, however, is when the hero appeared. The moment Monster Truck appeared on the page, the design of him and the world changed to appear like a 90s comic. If Quinones is going to do a different with each hero, this series will be one of the most creative in terms of art direction that I’ve seen in a long time.
Dial H for Hero shows a ton of promise! I love Miguel, and I love the potential of this Device. The world stays grounded enough for moments of growth for our character but is fully prepared to go into good old comic book fun. The art perfectly encapsulates the story and takes it to the next level. I recommend this first issue, and I can’t wait for the second.