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Comic Thoughts: 'Dial H' issues 7-9

Comics and MangaKristina PinoComment

I know, I've slacked on this one. I finally am working through my comics backlog in force here, so now I'm caught up with Dial H again!

In these issues, we had some change-ups with the art and a whole new set of circumstances have been introduced. There's a Canadian dude called Centipede who seems to have a double agenda, and meanwhile Nels and Manteau are having trouble keeping their identities when they dial.

Though Brian Bolland is still doing the cover art for each issue, the interior pencil work has been changed up from David Lapham to Alberto Ponticelli. Their styles are too different to really compare them, though I'd be lying if I said I love the change. I'm kind of hoping that David will come back after this arc, or that perhaps we'll see a switch to another artist again. Alberto makes everyone look so much older, more ragged, and issue 8 saw the introduction of Dan Green as inker as well. since Alberto's panels are more detailed and have lots more thin lines, it only makes sense. I'm not saying it's a bad thing. It's just not my favorite.

Story-wise, things have gotten kind of interesting again. Nels nearly lost a dial again, but thanks to his teamwork with Manteau they recovered it and moved along. While I think that Centipede seems like a pretty lame codename, I'm glad to see that the character himself also agrees he deals with plenty of embarrassment in order to keep his rank and freedom. His backstory is pretty neat, and I'm curious to see what it is he wants. I wonder if he'll end up teaming up with our heroes? More than anything, he seems curious.

I think it's kind of neat that the angle here is Canada wants to compete with America and other nations to have some kind of hero. They went as far as name-dropping Superman as America's mascot hero, so they're trying to engineer one of their own with a funky dial. The poor guy is ultra confused, though. I feel bad for him. Hopefully (next issue), Nels will be able to talk some sense into him.

Dial H  vol. 1 is available at Amazon!