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Matteus SANTOLUCCO , China Mieville
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30 April 2013 New 52!
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?

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237752
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,496 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sockamagee! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dial H for Vertigo 3 Aug 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars different take on a classic 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Into Dial H 6 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Dial H is one weird comic book (in a very good way). It is a genre-bending tour de force that introduces many amazing concepts and ideas that only China Miéville could come up with. I started reading the book without knowing what it was about, and I think it made the experience even more thrilling.
I do not understand why people complain about the book's surrealism and non-linear plot - as it is in fact a very straight-forward, perfectly clear story that is very well told and beautifully drawn. The goofy hero characters give a nice comedic touch to the book, as well as a lot of originality.
The sad thing about all this is that Dial H has been cancelled a long while ago. The second trade paperback is coming out this month, thank god!
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