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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237752
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Mieville's "Dial H" ""Dial H" is a terrific tale of an ordinary schlub raised to hero status by accident. It's an old trope but, as detailed vividly by Mieville, "Dial H" is full of cleverness and narrative energy."--EW.com's "Shelf Life ""MiEville, a mystery/horror novelist, brings raw energy and intelligence to Dial H and it's amazing just how refreshing and invigorating that is."--MTV.com"""Mieville and Burchielli have turned a strange concept into something even more wonderful in "Dial H." Don't pass it up..."--Comicbookresources.com "Wild, crazy fun. MiEville's ideas are golden from the get-go, and we can only imagine how much zanier they're going to be as the series wears on."--Craveonline.com "Although Dial H is shorter on visceral horror, it goes longer on comedy, resulting in one of the best of DC Comics' uneven New 52 relaunches."--Wired.com

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China MiEville is the author of KING RAT; PERDIDO STREET STATION winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award; THE SCAR, winner of the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award; IRON COUNCIL winner of the Locus Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; LOOKING FOR JAKE a collection of short stories; and UN LUN DUN, his New York Times bestselling book for younger readers. He lives and works in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazz maverick on 14 May 2013
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Collecting issues 0-6 this isn't really a reboot, mainly because it sort of follows on from the original 60's and 80's series.
The goofy characters created by the H dial are still present but they've been given a modern twist that points the series in a whole new direction; the creations of the dial already seem to exist in another reality and are overlaid onto the users personality.
Basically I don't want to give too much away but interesting ideas abound from the mind of China Mieville and the artwork perfectly suits the story, giving it a grimy almost 1970 British comic feel.
This is one the best of DC's dark "New 52" titles and is up there with Animal Man and Swamp Thing, it really does deserve better publicity ( sadly though,I've just heard its being cancelled with #15! Sigh...)
Anyway, it really is a cracker of a book and the covers by Brian Bolland just top it all off really, well worth a few quid and a couple of hours reading time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2013
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This is a confusing story with spectacular artwork, or else a spectacular story with confusing artwork, which runs through issues #1-6 of the New 52's Dial H comic, which are collected along with issue #0 as Dial H Volume 1: Into You TP (New 52!). It reminded me in many ways of some of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol stories - which is a good thing, by the way - but with less-stylised artwork. I suppose I should say that the story itself is not confusing as such, but there are unanswered questions, such as why, how, who, where, what, and the like. The baddies do stuff for selfish reasons, the good guys to stuff for revenge on the baddies and for self-preservation and out of sheer curiosity, and forces of nature, easily mistaken for baddies, do stuff because it is in their nature to do such stuff, which makes them appear to be baddies because we are seeing things from our perspective and not theirs. It is all quite clear in the cold light of dawn, which is when I am writing this, having read the collected edition, courtesy of my local library, last night.

The artwork may appear confusing at times, because it is difficult to render three-or more dimensional images and ideas on a two-dimensional page, but the artist does a spectacular job of it.

The issue #0 at the end of the collection actually answers many of the how, what, why and where questions, though adds quite a few more.

This is definitely what, in the old days, we would have called a Vertigo title - or DC UK as it became known. Its roots are in those old comics such as Doom Patrol and Shade, though it is flowering in the 21st century.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 April 2015
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Nelson Jent is an out-of-shape, unemployed schlub who discovers a mysterious phone booth with a rotary dial in an alley near his flat. When he dials a specific number – H-E-R-O (the letters are underneath the numbers) – he transforms into… well, any number of random whacky “superheroes” for a short time before reverting back to his normal self! With his new powers he’s going to get revenge on the bad guys who killed his buddy.

Dial H isn’t a very good comic but I didn’t hate it. One of my issues with DC’s New 52 has been a lack of variety in the cast and if there’s one thing Dial H has plenty to spare, it’s variety. I liked the gothic Boy Chimney, the ultimate emo Captain Lachrymose, the utterly brilliant Iron Snail, and Tugboat – a dude with tugboats for hands! Those are great characters – it’s just a shame they were poorly written so the only memorable thing about them were their appearances.

The Brian Bolland covers are amazing and I liked the David Lapham-drawn issue where casual racism in older comics is addressed after Nelse transforms into Chief Mighty Arrow, who looks and sounds heap big exactly as you’d expect (also I would’ve loved to have seen David Lapham script a New 52 book – missed a trick, DC, unless he turned you down).

China Mieville is also an award-winning sci-fi novelist whose stories are set in, and are about, the modern urban environment, which is where this comic takes place – the dingy, forgotten parts of cities – so it seems like a good fit. But here’s the thing I’ve noticed: novelists do not make good comics writers (and vice versa – I dare you to try and read some of Alan Moore’s prose!) with very rare exceptions – arguably Neil Gaiman is the best example of this though Warren Ellis’ novels are pretty good too.
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By larynx on 12 Sept. 2013
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Dial H is what modern comics should be; A homage to golden days gone by intelligently updated. The characters are an eclectic post modern mix and the story has it's roots in a classic golden age tale. The variety of vocal styles is particularly well done. Bringing a Sci-Fi author with an extensive edgy imagination is a great starting point and the concept beats the pants off the overly used classic superhero reshuffle/showdown which the new 52 seems to be all about (i'm looking at you Justice League Dark). I heartily recommend this book and look forward to vol. 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jayaren18 on 16 Jun. 2013
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very good - looking forward to seeing how the next comics continue the saga. Worth reading, a more 'real' take on being a superhero (isn)
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