Dial H. Volume 1, Into you

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Series GRAPHIC SERIES Dial
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Graphic Series
 
Call Number  GRAPHIC SERIES Dial
 
 
Summary
Hugo Award-winning novelist China Mieville breathes new life into a classic DC Comics series as part of the second wave of DC Comics - The New 52.

In the small run-down town of Littleville, CO, a troubled young man stumbles upon the lost H-Dial and all of the secrets and power it possesses. It has been many years since the H-Dial has been seen, though legions of villains have been scouring the globe looking for it and its ability to transform users into a variety of superheros and take on their powers and psyches. Will our
hero be able to harness the power of the H-Dial and protect it from falling into the hands of evil? Will this newfound power plunge our hero to madness? And will we ever discover where the H-Dial came from and its true meaning?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "DC takes its most delightfully naive Silver Age concept a device that turns the operator into a new superhero each time he or she dials the letters H-E-R-O and puts it in the hands of an auteur of dark fantasy, novelist China Mieville (Railsea, 2012). Mieville gives the dial to a hapless, out-of shape schlub, plunging him into battle in such darkly comic guises as Captain Lachrymose, Boy Chimney, and Iron Snail. Mieville also gives the dial a mysterious past that winds through not only the history of telephony but also into alternate universes and the depths of the abyss itself. Indeed, while he creates a cast of supporting heroes and enemies in the surrealist vein of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, the story comes most alive when the novelist is on comfortably weird ground, exploring the nebulous clues and dire nature of the object. Santalouco provides grim cityscapes and gritty characters for the opening chapters, while David Lapham plays counterpoint with a clean, bright style that serves the slightly lighter-hearted closing chapters well.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In noted SF author Mieville's much-ballyhooed relaunch of the Silver Age classic Dial H for Hero, a pudgy telecom engineer named Nelson discovers a telephone booth where each time he dials a number he is transformed into a different superhero. One day it's pollution-spewing Boy Chimney, the next it's the armor-clad Iron Snail or the emo-goth Captain Lachyrmose, and so on. All of these (dangerously and unpredictably temporary) forms aid Nelson in his battle against a reptilian gangster threatening his town, and against Abyss, a cross-dimensional villain threatening all of existence. The concept of the randomized superhero is an addictive one, which likely explains why DC reboots this series every other decade. But even with an ace fantasist like Mieville crafting the story and some energetic art from Santolouco, it doesn't come together. A fundamental problem here is that once Mieville comes up with a particularly engaging hero (Boy Chimney deserves his own series), it's too soon on to the next one, and the next. Even more disappointing is the fact that the story in this collection of the first six issues is so pedestrian and, with the exception of some semipoetic dialogue, not befitting of Mieville's great penchant for baroque oddity. (April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series New 52.
Subjects Heroes -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Superheroes -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Science fiction comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York, NY :DC Comics,2013
Other Titles New 52 (Comic strip)
Into You
Contributors MieĢville, China, author.
Santolouco, Mateus, 1979- artist.
Lapham, David, artist.
Burchielli, Riccardo, artist.
DC Comics, Inc., publisher.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in single magazine form in Dial H 1-6, 0"--Title page verso.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
ISBN 9781401237752 (paperback)
1401237754 (paperback)
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