Dial H #3

Dial H #3

Writer: China Mieville Artist: Mateus Santolouco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 4, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
8.0Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

Nelson gains an unlikely ally, just as his career as a hero looks like it might be over before its begun! Meanwhile, SQUID and X.N. may be gaining a new ally of their own, one who could prove to be unstoppable. The origin of the latest wielder of the H dial continues here!

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Jul 4, 2012

    Regardless if you are getting answers or adding on questions, this comic is literally bursting at the seams with originality. This originality, at times, makes this a tough read because you really need to be on your toes to not miss important information, but when those times crop up, the art is there to pick you up and keep you going. It's really a perfect combination of art and story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jul 10, 2012

    Still, set against this book, the rest of the DCU looks positively anodyne. It's a thrill to read and a joy to support. Nelson is an unusual yet engaging protagonist and the supporting cast are full of weird and curious figures that invite you to learn more about them. If you're not frustrated by complicated stories and Morrisonian narrative sleight-of-hand, it's a must-buy. Quite simply one of DC's best titles at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew S Jul 5, 2012

    The payoff at the end, however, feels slightly rushed. It's a great ending, but I feel it would have been more substantial and impactful if there was more of a foreshadowing of it in the first issue. Or, perhaps, if they had increased the suspicion and feeling of threat that this final page results in. Regardless, it's a minor fault, and doesn't detract from what was a very strong instalment in "Dial H". Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Poet Mase Jul 5, 2012

    We're still just beginning to understand the scope of this story, but there's enough here to feel the excitement of the developments to come. At the same time, I'm certain that some readers will grow impatient for the payoff before it arrives and that others will be put off by the Morrison-like eschewal of comic clichs. Further, I would highly encourage new readers to pick up copies of issues 1 and 2, as they will be totally lost without those introductory chapters. Those caveats aside, though, I recommend that open-minded readers give this series a try. It really is a cure for comic fans who don't want to give up on the superhero genre but are tired of superhero tropes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 8, 2012

    Miville has built one heck of a conspiracy set-up here. If he doesn't deliver a revelation of some proportion and originality, it won't bode well for such an atypical series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 10, 2012

    Next month promises to reveal more secrets behind this series, and with a new character introduced in the conclusion of this issue, it's sure to beak out into a lot of the insane and fast paced action that readers have come to expect (and love) from this series. That said, I'm really looking forward to whatever's up next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Talisha Harrison Apr 7, 2012

    Mieville's writing is fabulous and Santolouco's art is great. I enjoyed the story and I look forward to what this series has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Jul 10, 2012

    Dial H is rather lighthearted fare, wearing cursory commentary about public funding for libraries and other social aspects on its sleeve while concentrating mostly on embellishing a 90's-Vertigo predilection for bizarreness. Mieville gives his audience a good amount to read for $2.99 and presents an interesting meta-mystery thriller. Santolouco's art is unrefined, but in a way that reminds me of Richard Case's work on Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol; space and depth seem uncertain and characters and settings are angular and unsettling. Many parallels can be drawn between the tone of Dial H and Morrison's Doom Patrol for that matter, namely the emphasis on sociopathic silliness, but Dial H is off to a much slower and more muddled start than Morrison's Doom Patrol run. Still, Dial H will sate your jones for strange. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 6, 2012

    Overall, I want to give this book another shot, because it has the potential to be a compelling story by a fresh creative team. That is what comics are supposed to be; I just hope that in their future issues, the team can put a focus on the reader, and what the reader needs to get out of each issue, instead of treating this like a novel with pictures. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    hatmasta Nov 2, 2012

    Every issue of Dial H has been better than the one before it. The character Manteau (see left on the cover) is fascinating. China Mieville is doing a beautiful job of building up her identity, a fact of which Mieville teased us with in this issue. This series is incredible. It's fresh. It's creatively stimulating in its writing (especially dialogue, which is TOUGH to do) and its art. All around fantastic.

  • 2.0
    el kozzy May 2, 2016

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