As former H Dial users greedily search for the strange devices that once gave them super powers, Miguel and Summer are on the downlow in Metropolis.
Yes, they’re at the Daily Planet, working as interns during the day, selling cheese toasties at night and just about getting by. Miguel has one of the four dials but Summer is wary of them using it, for fear of drawing attention to themselves. Eventually, though, Miguel can no longer resist, telling himself it would be wrong not to use the powers he can access for good.
And of course, Mr Thunderbolt – the other half of original H Dialler Robby Reed’s split persona – detects the energy surge and sends his agents to grab it. By the end of the issue, our heroes have a new assignment from the ‘other’ Robby, the Operator.
Dial H for Hero #9 is another impressive offering from writer Sam Humphries and artist Joe Quinones, with the art style changing every few pages, and not just when a new hero or villain appears. Colourist Jordan Gibson and letterer Dave Sharpe also make invaluable contributions. We learn something new about one of our leads in a nicely understated way, and the food truck Miguel nicked from his uncle – actually, that’s not cool – gets a magical makeover. All this, and a lovely cover from Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner.
There’s lots to enjoy, but I wish the overarching plot would end, it’s going on and on, over-explaining the H Dials. I’m past ready for Summer and Miguel to have adventures that reach beyond the latest take on the Dial’s mythology. Yes, it’s clever that the four dials correspond to the quartet of colours that combined to give comics their wider palette for decades, and it’s nice that the original House of Mystery series is remembered, but can’t Robby Reed just have a lovely retirement? He’s already been good and evil as the Wizard and the Master – hopefully Mr Thunderbolt and the Operator will recombine soon and Robbie can move to Florida. Miguel and Summer have an awesome new ride, it’s time for them to move on!