Dial H Vol. 1: Into You (The New 52)

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A New York Times Bestseller!

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 ...

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller!

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In noted SF author Miéville’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 Miéville crafting the story and some energetic art from Santolouco, it doesn’t come together. A fundamental problem here is that once Miéville 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 Miéville’s great penchant for baroque oddity. (April)
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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

"Miéville, 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. Miéville'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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401237752
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Dial H Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 366,702
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

China Mieville

China Miéville 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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