Dial H for Hero #3 (of 6)
(W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Joe Quinones
In Shops: May 22, 2019
Teen daredevil Miguel and runaway Summer travel to the home of the Flash in Central City to steal back the H-Dial as a secret former wielder of the powerful device swears to do anything to become a hero again-including handing the dial to Mr. Thunderbolt, the villainous entity working to steal the Dial. But it’s hard to work together when you can’t trust your partners…so it’s time for the mysterious Summer to reveal her past to Miguel!
Naomi #5 delivers the goods at it takes the build up and actually pays off. Who is Naomi? Where did she come from? What can she do? And what does it mean for the rest of the DC Universe?
Even if you haven’t been reading this series, Naomi #5 is a surprisingly accessible issue. Writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker have put together an issue that feels like a classic origin. The promises and hype leading up pay off. Naomi #5 has been worth the wait.
In the previous issue we began to get a better idea of the wonderful world Bendis and Walker have put together and here we get the rest of the puzzle. The issue chronicles Naomi’s origin opening up so many possibilities of what’s to come. It’s the tone though that stands out. The issue is touching with heart and a sense of love throughout. It takes the best of classic origin stories and weaves it together with a modern narrative style. The end result is a magical experience and one of the best new comics of recent years.
The issue’s beauty is helped by the art of Jamal Campbell who along with letterer Wes Abbott create visual amazement. Traditional page, panels, and text layouts are gone at times. Instead, pages focus on Campbell’s art with a text overlay. The comic at times takes on the feel of a picture book creating a richer reading experience. Letter boxes would distract from Campbell’s art. Abbott’s lettering floating on the page instead adds to the magical nature of it all.
To say this issue is amazing and a thing of wonder is an understatement. The team has put together an origin issue far into their narrative. The issue delivers and does so in an amazing way. This series, and this comic in particular, recreates the magic of my childhood. Naomi #5 is a marriage of a wonderful narrative and beautiful artwork. It’s also a series that’s woefully overlooked and one of the best superhero comics on the market today.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker
Art: Jamal Campbell Letterer: Wes Abbott
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: May 15, 2019
This is it! In this issue, all secrets are revealed! Who is Naomi? Where did she come from? What can she do? And what does it mean for the rest of the DC Universe? It’s the one you’ve been waiting for from Bendis, Walker and Campbell.
Wonder Twins #4 (of 6)
(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
In Shops: May 08, 2019
From the writer of two of the most critically acclaimed DC Comics of all time (THE FLINTSTONES and EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES), it’s a mind-bending new look at DC’s new alien teen sensations…the Wonder Twins! It’s spring and love is in the air-even for the Wonder Twins!-as they try to adjust to life on Earth and as interns for the Justice League. After Jayne makes an impressive showing at her new school’s science fair, the twins both get dates that don’t go as planned but the bigger threat may come from Jayne’s best friend Polly Math, daughter of reformed villain Filo Math.
Young Justice #5
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Kris Anka (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: May 01, 2019
Gemworld rips in half as Dark Opal battles the teen heroes of Young Justice as this huge, in-continuity epic continues. While Robin, Amethyst, Impulse, Teen Lantern and Superboy fight for their freedom, the secrets of Jinny Hex, Jonah Hex’s great-great-granddaughter, are revealed-and it is a DC Universe doozy!
Dial H for Hero #2 (of 6)
(W) Sam Humphries (A/CA) Joe Quinones
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
On the road (in a food truck full of mayonnaise!) with the amazing H-Dial that gifts the user with a new superpower every time they place a call, teenage runaways Miguel and Summer come under attack by others who crave the power the dial offers. With cryptic calls from the “phone zone” and no one to turn to for help, the adolescent adventurers come to a breaking point, where they either must work together or lose more than just the dial.
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
The newest sensation in the DC Universe discovers the secret behind her birth, her adoption and her connection to the great Multiverse. Hop on board a look at the DC Multiverse you never knew existed and the new mysteries and threats it brings to our world. From the creators behind Jessica Jones and Bitter Root comes a brand-new look at the world of superheroes through the eyes of a most unlikely hero!
Wonder Twins #3 (of 6)
(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Stephen Byrne
In Shops: Apr 10, 2019
Exiled from their homeworld and still trying to adjust to life on Earth as normal teenage high school students and interns for the Justice League, Zan and Jayna find themselves attacked in their own home by the League of Annoyance. Now separated and unable to use their amazing powers of transformation, the twins find themselves forced to rely on Zan’s new pet monkey Gleek for help-but does the plucky purple primate even like his new owner enough to give a monkey’s butt about these young heroes?
Young Justice #4
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) John Timms (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Apr 03, 2019
This all-new, in-continuity Wonder Comics sensation explodes as all the secrets of these heroes-Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Jinny Hex, Teen Lantern, Amethyst and Impulse-are revealed! Young Justice forms once again-just in time to battle the great Dark Opal and stop his plans for an invasion of Earth that could destroy humanity. It’s a big, bold new chapter into the future of the DC Universe!
For as long as legends have existed we have always aspired to be one. This is why we strive to do better than those who came before us. We all in some form or fashion want our names to live forever. That’s how we get epics like The Odyssey. In the modern age of superheroes, in some ways, we still yearn for this.
This is why the comic Shazam! was such a fan favorite when I was growing up. The main character is just a kid who gets powers by saying one word. Who would not want that even just for a few minutes? In the next book from the Wonder Comics line at DC, we get Dial H For Hero, a teenager finds out how it is be a hero for an hour
We meet Miguel, a young man whose life changed the one day he was saved by Superman. It’s an event that would make him a daredevil, often tempting fate, but unfortunately, he feels like his life otherwise is at a dead end living in Devil’s Canyon, California. Everything changes as he attempts one stunt, and things don’t go as planned as one thing leads to another leading him to fall off a canyon. This is when miraculously a mysterious red rotary phone appears out of nowhere. Someone on the other end of the line says his name and instructs him do dial “H.” By issue’s end he becomes a new superhero, one with superpowers even he could imagine and more than enough chaos in his wake.
Overall, a fun comic book which will pull in readers as it remembers why we love superhero comics in the first place. The story by Sam Humphries is hilarious, keen, and very relevant. The at by Joe Quinones is realistic and magnificent. Altogether, an outstanding debut issue that brings loads of fun to comic books.
Story: Sam Humphries Art: Joe Quinones
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy