Monday, December 24, 2012

What's the 411?

"What's the 411?" from Dial H #1 (DC, 2012) by China Miéville and Mateus Santlouco
Why aren't you reading Dial H?! You've gonna get it cancelled and it's brilliant! If you've ever been a fan of the other versions of Dial H for Hero, this is for you! It takes place in Littleton, just like Robby Reed's adventures. It's featured return appearances by villains AND heroes from the Robby AND Chris & Vicki eras. It's weird and gritty and nutty like H.E.R.O. And if you weren't a fan of Dial H for Hero fan, no problem. It reminds me most of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, with weird, weird, weird creations and an exploration of what it means to have variable identities. Am I not selling it hard enough? That's YOUR hand on that phone. Are you going to dial the number? READ THIS BOOK!

It's all I want for Christmas.


  1. I'm buying it, and I love it! It might be the first nu52 book to hit the quality level Bryan Q. Miller's Batgirl did for me before the re-whatever.

    How do you feel about Lapham stepping in as artist? I feel like his work is good (certainly glad DC picked someone who can actually draw, no sure thing given some of their artists), but his heroes look too realistic, maybe? There was a certain looseness to Santolouco's art that gave the heroes a more wild look. If that makes any sense.

  2. I like Lapham fine, though he's a strange choice for super-heroics, even offbeat ones. Santlouco evolved the look of the book, so it's natural to think of him as THE Dial H artist. I preferred Santlouco, but I'm really not complaining.