What do you do when Superman saves your life? What do you do when you’re left alone in this world with a void so empty and so deep that nothing you do in live fulfills it? What happens when you Dial-H?
DC Comics Dial-H for Hero has finally arrived. Written by Sam Humphries with art by Joe Quinones. Dial-H delivers an origin story full of the term “relatable”. Relatable in the sense that all of us as human beings, to some degree, have a void that we want to fill.
Not only do we have the need to fill that void. We at some point in our lives, whether its sooner or later, will do or have done whatever it takes to fulfill it. Thats why I find the term “relatable” so adhering to this first issue of the story.
This issue really shines in introducing us to Miguel and his first encounter with Superman, and how that has had a lasting effect on him throughout his life. Superman is the Beacon of Hope after all, so having a lasting effect like this on someone, only makes sense.
Where Miguel really struggles is in the form of family struggles, due to him not having his parents in his life, to working at a dead end job for the “family business” his uncle owns and wanting out of that miserable life by all means necessary, and I mean who blames him when you’re just surrounded by mayo all darn day. YUCK!
But Miguel finds himself doing the most to escape a life he deems miserable, until life gives him a taste of what reality could be. What happens when you push things too far? What happens when you Dial-H?
The answer is simple, you find yourself falling off a cliff, looking at death right in the eyes, hoping you don’t die and wishing you did things differently. It’s such a relatable theme, even if you aren’t falling off a cliff and looking at death right in the face, but you get the gist Humphries is portraying here.
But let’s switch focus on the art by Joe Quinones. Quinones really gives you such a clear picture of his art. From the contours of his lines and inks, to his color palette, which really sets the mood for the California setting of this story.
Being that I’ve visited California in person and seeing these kinds of colors in person and how beautiful it is to gaze at. Seeing it accurately portrayed in art from is even more fantastic.
Overall its a solid origin story for both Miguel and Monster Trucker. As I mentioned above there’s such a relatable aspect to this story that you have to admire and I can only praise Sam Humphries for that.
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