Review: Dial H For Hero #9 Push Miguel and Summer Into The Unknown

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner

Dial H for Hero has been building to a different sort of confrontation. However, before that confrontation starts, Miguel and Summer need to understand the stakes…

Sam Humphries, Joe Quinones, Jordan Gibson, and Dave Sharpe push our two heroes into their future.

Miguel and Summer have gotten internships at the Daily Planet while planning their next move. However, life isn’t that simple and having one of the four H-Dials is complicating things. Can they accomplish their destiny while also holding together the lives they’ve built?

So this issue does a lot of tablesetting for the rest of the series to come. It’s fun, and has some great character moments. But I really want to point out an excellent thing Humphries does here – he reveals Miguel is queer. 

It’s not a big coming out moment, and it doesn’t even put a label on whether he’s gay, bi or curious. He simply has a crush on another boy, and it’s treated as a very matter of fact thing. This is exactly how diversity should be treated- the creators don’t need to go out of their way, it simply IS. It’s executed perfectly, and is such a small moment that it should serve as a model to other creators.

Quinones continues to demonstrate his skill as a cartoonist here. He effortlessly switches through styles, with moments that range from classic funny pages to a new Hanna-Barbera style hero for Miguel. With Gibson’s consistently good color art, it’s one of the best looking books on the stands every month.

This is one of the most consistent and enjoyable books on the stands every month. It’s worth every penny.

Dial H For Hero #9 is available now from DC Comics.

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