Dial H For Hero #1

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Joe Quinones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 21
8.0Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Miguel, a teen daredevil, becomes the newest wielder of the Hero Dial-a rotary phone-like device that grants the user superpowers for one hour when they dial H-E-R-O. Will he rise as a new hero in the DC Universe or crumble under the weight of responsibility the dial thrusts upon him? This blistering new six-issue miniseries joins the Wonder Comics lineup with stories by award-winning fan favorite Sam Humphries (HARLEY QUINN) and art by Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck).

  • 10
    AiPT! - Ari Bard Mar 27, 2019

    Dial H for Hero is an exciting and energetic return for a beloved DC property. It brings the most original character in comics history into the future while paying homage to the past. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Mar 30, 2019

    I'm in. Somethings are too tried and true. And the little kid in me loves that red phone as it reminds me of Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara calling Batman. Everyone wants that phone and I do too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 27, 2019

    The biggest unqualified win out of the Wonder Comics line so far, Dial H for Hero #1 shows that Sam Humphries is better than anyone in the business at fusing the absurd and the human. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Mar 28, 2019

    Speaking of Quinones, I’ve seen some of his work over the years, but after reading this first issue, he’s definitely an artist I’ll be keeping my eye out for. His character and layout work throughout is amazing, but it’s the whole scene with the Dial that sold me. Incredible work! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Mar 27, 2019

    Dial H For Hero #1 is a promising start to what looks like another win for the Wonder Comics imprint. This first issue makes a lot of great connections; heres hoping the call doesnt get dropped as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Cody White Apr 1, 2019

    Dial H for Hero #1starts strong and finishes stronger. The best of the Wonder Comics line to date,Dial His both whimsical and slight terrifying at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 27, 2019

    With Young Justice, Naomi and now Dial H for Hero, DC's Wonder imprint is cranking out winner after winner. This one is well worth checking out this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 31, 2019

    So far the focus is a bit scattered, but like before, I'm hooked on the H-Dial! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 27, 2019

    Humphries has always been a decent writer that was always on the verge on breaking out and being a superstar. This may be the book that allows him that. The art by Joe Quinones is pretty special as well. This is a nice start to a very interesting series. Let's see where it goes! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Mar 27, 2019

    Overall, a fun comic book which will pull in readers as it remembers why we love superhero comics in the first place. The story by Sam Humphries is hilarious, keen, and very relevant. The at by Joe Quinones is realistic and magnificent. Altogether, an outstanding debut issue that brings loads of fun to comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Mar 29, 2019

    With a great script and wonderful art, "Dial H for Hero" #1 takes a mothballed concept and makes it incredibly fresh. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Mar 27, 2019

    Based on an iconic comic from the 60s, writer Sam Humphries revamps a classic with a modern touch. Miguel is a likable narrator, full of comical wit and youthful energy. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 27, 2019

    Dial H For Hero is a pleasant fun surprise in the Wonder Comics lineup. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Mar 27, 2019

    The first issue leaves you wishing for an ongoing instead of limited series, itself an unequivocal testament to the success of its creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Mar 27, 2019

    Dial H for Hero delivers as a strong start that aims to set up its series with a focus on characterization over flashiness, but there's plenty of eye-popping art to accompany this premiere issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 31, 2019

    The success of any Dial H story is in the heroes dialed and this one doesn't disappoint on that front, but it also has stellar art and an interesting plot to keep readers hooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Mar 27, 2019

    Joe Quinones does a brilliant job changing the visual style of this comic and there are some truly funny Easter eggs that 90's comics readers will recognize. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Mar 27, 2019

    This could be a fun one to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Mar 27, 2019

    Dial H for Hero #1 gives us yet another ambitious title from Wonder Comics. If you don't know what the Hero Dial is? Now you know and what we have seen in this first issue only scratches the surface of what this artifact can unleash upon the DC Universe. Miguel is a host with potential for everything that he represents as someone who knows how to be bold and take a risk, yet at the same time needing to understand that all choices have consequences. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 2, 2019

    Dial H for Hero #1 is a fantastic start to this mini-series. This issue is easily the best offering from the Wonder Comics banner. Hopefully, the other Wonder Comics titles will learn something from Dial H for Hero #1 and tighten up their writing and offer better plotted and paced stories. I would absolutely recommend Dial H for Hero #1 to any reader regardless of age. This is a comic designed to appeal to anyone. After just a single issue I am ready for DC to make Dial H for Hero a regular ongoing monthly title rather than just a mini-series. Make it happen, DC! Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Mar 28, 2019

    Miguel is a fitting protagonist, the concept is tried and tested, and the 'summoned' hero is reason enough to make you come back for more and see what else the creative team's got in store. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Mar 27, 2019

    Learning just enough about the Hero Dial to definitively say we know nothing, this issue is all about possibilities. The setting in place, it is now up to the players to perform, and the readers to read. And to buy. The readers have to do that, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Unknown Mar 27, 2019

    Learning just enough about the Hero Dial to definitively say we know nothing, this issue is all about possibilities. The setting in place, it is now up to the players to perform, and the readers to read. And to buy. The readers have to do that, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 27, 2019

    Undoubtedly, Humphries and Quinones will be able to deliver something more substantial in the next issue now that they’ve gotten some of the introductory work out of the way. But this issue might not be enough to get readers to come back next month. The art is good. The concept is novel. And if Quinones is going to be switching up his art style with every new hero that Miguel dials, this could be a really exciting book visually. But if you’re not sold on another “down on his luck teen gets a magic doodad” story, you might want to trade-wait rather than purchase this one in installments. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Mar 28, 2019

    Dial H for Hero #1 continues Wonder Comics streak of crafting comics that open the door for brand new readers but also have the right injection of nostalgia to welcome the old. This proved to be a great example of how small adjustments in the art can go a long way in establishing a story's concept. Some enhancements are needed in the characters to allow it to distance itself from similar stories even within its own imprint. Still, it is great to read comics like this again that have the aura of imagination born through the desire to cure one's curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Mar 27, 2019

    No doubt secrets will be revealed in coming issues, as the magical dial's impact is felt throughout the DCU. But I have to wonder, with the growing powers of magic within the DCU these days (Shazam, Raven, Dial H), what exactly does this mean. Answers will be forthcoming. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 27, 2019

    For my first introduction to a Dial H for Hero story, honestly, I was not that impressed by Dial H for Hero #1. For a six-issue mini-series in the Wonder Comics line, that is not good. I mean, it is not terrible; it is a solid comic book, but nothing about it got me excited, either. Nothing makes me want to tell people to go pick up this issue or has me clamoring to pick up the second issue either. Maybe the second issue will pick up a little bit, but whether I'll remember to check that out or not is anyone's guess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Mar 27, 2019

    Overall, the art in this book is pretty, but it is not enough to make me want to pick up issue two in the future. Fans of the original concept might be interested but I don't know if new readers will be quite as interested in this book as DC Comics hopes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Jeffords Jr. Mar 28, 2019

    Fun read, but nothing new, and doesnt give the urge to read more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Mar 28, 2019

    If nothing else, it feels like Quinones is really pushing himself, and the second half of the issue is home to some of his more impressive pages, when someone finally has to Dial H for Hero. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 28, 2019

    The artwork is great, but not nearly worth enduring the lackluster story and cardboard characters. Leave this one on the shelf and wait for someone at DC Comics to develop the sense to update this tired concept to Text H For HERO. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    YourGreenMuse Mar 28, 2019

    This was pretty good, I think. I've never read Dial H before and really didn't know what to expect, especially after Sam Humphries' recent work. But I liked it.

  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Mar 28, 2019

    Looks great, but kind of forgettable. Bring back China Mieville!

  • 9.5
    Samuel Almeida Mar 28, 2019

    That was amazing! Never read any Dial H book before and i love this one! It has a Blue Beetle (2006) and a Shazam vibe, in my opinion. The art is amazing also! Very happy with this book!

  • 8.5
    Ken b Mar 27, 2019

    Honestly I’m loving what DC is doing with Wonder Comics. If I had one word to describe Wonder comics it would be “Refreshing”. This book was a good read!

  • 7.5
    Sal Mar 28, 2019

    The fourth release of the “Wonder Comics” imprint aimed at teenage readers, curated by Brian Bendis, DIAL H FOR HERO #1 is a solid start with the potential to be special, if it does not fall victim to banality.

    The original series began in 1966 in House of Mystery #156 and followed the adventures of teenager Robby Reed. After falling into a cave during a hiking trip, Robby finds the mysterious Dial H rotary phone and discovers that whenever he spells out H-E-R-O by turning the dial, he is transformed into a different super-powered hero.

    This modern version follows Miguel, a teenager with a penchant for daring stunts and extreme sports who after messing up a bicycle jump over a canon, is offered a chance to save him more

  • 6.5
    waltgator93 Mar 27, 2019

    Going into this book, I know nothing about the Dials past so felt pretty conflicted on the issue. One one hand, enjoyed the beginning. But on the other after Miguel went off the jump, felt completely lost with no explanation. Though the art looked fantastic!

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Apr 14, 2019

    This was okay! A little bit rough but I guess that happens.

  • 8.0
    Andrea D’Alò Mar 30, 2019

    God this is so good, it’s a love letter to all the superheroes, it’s classic, it’s colorful and it’s entertaining.
    Quinones does an excellent work that gives the right atmosphere to this story.
    Let’s see where Humphiries wants to go, but it starts good.

  • 7.5
    Dispatchdcu Mar 31, 2019

    It is what it is. I know that’s a terrible saying but it fits this issue and probably the series. We will get corny ideas, heroes, and Saturday Morning cartoonish ideas like Monstertruck Man and a boy who works in a food truck that only serves Mayo. Again, it’s fine. If your looking for life altering, DC comic universe shaking events to come from this series, you dialed the wrong number. It’s fun and the art isn’t too bad.

  • 8.5
    mynameisraj Mar 27, 2019

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    Br'er Lapin Apr 5, 2019

  • 8.0
    Dorival Mar 28, 2019

  • 7.5
    matmene Mar 27, 2019

  • 7.5
    KillianH Mar 27, 2019

  • 7.0
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  • 10
    Greg Hound Mar 31, 2019

  • 8.5
    Justin Ray Apr 5, 2019

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    Tizze Apr 1, 2019

  • 5.0
    Radar Mar 30, 2019

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