Dial H #1 is a new “The New 52″ from DC this week and has an unlikely protagonist named Nelson. Nelson is unhealthy, overweight, and depressed. He comes across his friend Darren who’s getting the living crap beat out of him by a group of thugs under the orders of a mob boss who goes by the initials, X.N. In the most unusual of circumstances Nelson runs to a phone booth, which do still exist, and dials random numbers frantically while trying to call for help. This booth, much like Bill & Ted’s has apparent mystical powers that dramatically change Nelson into things nightmares are made of.
Dial H is one of the bigger surprises for me from DC’s “The New 52″. I read this book with absolutely no expectations and left with Dial H being one of my favorite reads of “The New 52″. Written by China Mieville who’s known more for his “weird fiction” and short fiction, Dial H is a dark and entertaining book. The story is matched perfectly by Mateus Santolouco gritty and creepy detail. Nelson doesn’t always morph into the same strange and questionable hero. In Dial H #1 he actually changes into two very different heroes, each though , are very much connected with the trouble he’s having in his daily life. Boy Chimney is relevant to his smoking habit and release from his job at the plant, and the sorrowful Captain Lacrymose delves deep into his depression with his recent break up. It’s all put together quite well and I found it to be a really good read. It leaves me to wonder what Nelson could do when he actually learns to control the creatures he becomes…
I suggest if your into the strange and macabre to pick up Dial H #1 from our friends over at Cosmic Comics!.