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Review Group Week 325 - DIAL H #1

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue May 08, 2012 7:09 pm

bkthomson wrote:
So pretty bad, huh?

I thought it was a delightful romp of skull fucking.
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Rain Partier

Postby bkthomson » Tue May 08, 2012 7:33 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:
I thought it was a delightful romp of skull fucking.



Postby ****** » Tue May 08, 2012 9:13 pm

Dial H #1

I didn't care much for this either. The setup was rather ordinary and the characters didn't have much to offer. The heroes seemed to just be weird for the sake of being weird, but I'm not at all familiar with the original series so I don't know if that's supposed to be a thing or not. I did like the art but it wasn't enough to make up for the choppy pacing of the story.

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Postby Greg » Tue May 08, 2012 9:26 pm

The art looked AMAZING. Loved the designs of the heroes.

I opened up to read it... couldn't finish it. Was pretty darn bad.
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Postby Punchy » Wed May 09, 2012 6:23 am

Dial H #1 - 'What's The 411?' - Mieville and Santolouco

Story - It's unusual for me to come into any comic put out by the big two companies blind. Normally I'm familiar with either the characters or the writers or the artists. Here... it was basically all new to me. I've heard China Mieville's name strongly recommended among fantasy novel circles, but I've never read any of his stuff. The same applies to the Dial H For Hero concept, I know what it is, but apart from one solitary issue of Brave & The Bold where the Dial teamed up with Batman... I've never read any of it. This was a whole new world, and I feel that it was only partially successful.

Where this book succeeds was in the way it took a goofy concept like a magical dial that transforms you into a hero, and managed to modernise it without losing the essential appeal. So while you still get the inventiveness of the one-off heroes like Boy Chimney and Captain Lachrymose, there's a darker edge here. Our hero is not some idealistic kid, he's a washed-up fat-ass loser who needs to sort himself out. Is this some kind of commentary on how despite the audience of comics has mostly changing from kids to older men, that baseline of wish-fulfillment is still there? Who knows, but it's interesting to take such a child-like concept and darken it, but as I said, Mieville still manages to keep some semblance of fun there, with the whacked-out superheroes he uses. I can't wait to see what kinds of superheroes show up in the coming months.

Where I think this book struggled is that it didn't do a very good job of setting up the main characters and concepts, we meet our main fat-ass hero, we meet his friend who I think is some kind of small-time gangster, and then it all goes crazy. I think Mieville may have tried to jam too much stuff into his first issue and I don't feel that I had enough time to process what was going on and to start to care about it. Already we've got the mystery of the Dial, the teasing back-story for Nelson, and also the evil crimelord with his creepy old lady. It's too much.

Hopefully future issues will slow things down a little, perhaps only use on hero per issue, I think maybe 2 was too many. However, the good moments and fun at seeing such weird characters outweighed the bad for me. I'm very interested to see where this is going and to hopefully see Mieville grow as a comics writer as he gets used to the medium. I often find that when writers come from the world of novels or films or television, they struggle at first with the unique comics format, and Mieville was no exception. But there were true flashes here of a damn good comic, so while this debut issue was only OK, I can foresee a future where Dial H is one of DC's best books.

Art - Just like the concept of Dial H For Hero and China Mieville, Mateus Santolouco is an artist I don't know much about, I think he may have drawn 1 or 2 issues of American Vampire a while back, but don't quote me on that. But after this issue he's certainly on my radar, his work on this book was fantastic! He gave the book the perfect dark feel, I loved how weird and elongated Boy Chimney was. His art made up in a lot of ways for the flaws in this book, and I look forward to seeing what else Santolouco has up his sleeves.

Best Line - 'Cause Look, 4376 spells another word, too... Hero'

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The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Fri May 11, 2012 2:42 pm

I didn't think it was terrible, but it certainly didn't live up to the high expectations that were set for it.

Probably the worst part of the comic was the little old lady attacking Captain Lachrymose, or whatever. Actually the worst part of this comic is that Karen Berger edited it, which means that two lackluster comics with her name on it have been released in the last month or so.



Postby ****** » Fri May 11, 2012 2:55 pm

BlueMole wrote:Actually the worst part of this comic is that Karen Berger edited it, which means that two lackluster comics with her name on it have been released in the last month or so.

What was the other one?
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The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Fri May 11, 2012 2:56 pm

amlah6 wrote:
What was the other one?

Domineaque Laveau, Voodoo Queen.
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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sat May 12, 2012 2:56 am

I'm writing this review after drinking a half pint of 151, so I will give it one bonus point as a handicap.

Wtf was this shit? I know nothing about these characters, so I expected a somewhat accessible first issue. The main character (fat dude) and his friend were given a reasonable backstory, so I cared slightly about them, but everything else felt cheesy and forced. I get that the heroes conjured from the phone were supposed to be ironic and hilarious, but it was executed weakly. The art felt like a serious attempt at what Eric Powell was making fun of in last week's pick, and I read this sober last night. It was hard to follow, and the execution made me feel like the concept was stupid. I would be embarrassed to show this to someone if I was the creator. It was not only poorly executed, but poorly executed on twenty year old standards which it seemed to aspire to.

Overall, it felt pretty amateur. Not Indie, but amatuer, like it was done by high school kids with talent but absolutely no experience. I am not familiar with these creators, but if they are older than fifteen and this isn't 1994, they should be ashamed of themselves.


2/10 + 1 because I'm drunk is 3/10


Postby ****** » Sat May 12, 2012 7:58 am

BlueMole wrote:
Domineaque Laveau, Voodoo Queen.

That does not sound like something that would be good.
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Postby Beast In Show » Fri May 18, 2012 7:29 pm

Stephen Day wrote:
It doesn't bother me that you have a different opinion than me. It's just that your zero is just so far out of whack from everyone else's ratings that it really stands out. :smt102

I mean, even that nincompoop Victorian Squid only gave it a 5. :P

Alright fair enough. It wasn't Leifeldian by any means, so I should have given it a 3/10.

doombug wrote:Once again, he's from CBR Stephen...have you seen those boards? :smt011

That's right and I ain't never going back!

Even after my ban is lifted... :groucho:

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