DIAL H FOR HERO #3 BY SAM HUMPHRIES AND JOE QUINONES
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DIAL H FOR HERO #3 is a must read. By diving into her backstory, Miguel's friend, Summer, is becoming more than just a sarcastic sidekick. Visually, this comic is like falling down the rabbit hole into a imaginative world.
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ROCKING OUT!

Written by Sam Humphries, DIAL H FOR HERO #3 focuses on Miguel’s headstrong friend, Summer. Featuring the imaginative artwork of Joe Quinones, what kind of hero does she transform into? And what is Summer running away from? Read DIAL H FOR HERO #3 to find out.

A Rocking Road Trip in DIAL H FOR HERO #3

This issue opens with a brief glimpse into the past, to the previous owner of the H-Dial. Who is he, you ask? His name is Robby Reed, who turns out to be the younger version of The Operator. Who is the Operator and mister Thunderbolt? Perhaps we will learn more in the next chapter.

DIAL H FOR HERO #3 Page 1.
DIAL H FOR HERO #3 Page 1. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

In Central City, Miguel and Summer try to find the Flash. Believing he is the only hero to help, the two teens comically try to stage petty crimes, hoping to catch his attention. Following Summer train of thought, the story shifts to the difficult past she’s trying to escape. Three years prior, Summer’s mother is forcing her daughter to perform in a beauty pageant. Amidst all their arguing, her mother spirals into drug abuse.

In a rage, she frequently locked Summer in a closet. Until one day, she finally had the chance to run away from home. Back to the present, Miguel can sense someone dialing the H-Dial. As the two rush to the scene, they encounter the Bluebird of Happiness, who is transforming the city into a psychedelic wonderland. Thankfully, Summer finds a magical rotary phone and transforms into Lolo Kick You, an edgy punk rocker heroine. Singlehandedly, Lolo Kick You defeats Bluebird and gets Miguel out of Central City. Next Stop: The Justice League of America base!

All About Summer

DIAL H FOR HERO #3 puts a spotlight on Miguel’s spunky sidekick, Summer. In this comic, we dive right into her difficult upbringing. Instead of Miguel’s inner dialogue, the narrative shifts into her thoughts and feelings about her backstory. By talking about her troubled past and admitting she’s afraid to go back home, it’s the first time we’ve seen her be vulnerable. And it is her rebellious nature that pent up anger that inspires her hero persona. She is developing into a character with some real complexity. With this issue dedicated to her, we learn that she is so much more than just a spunky sidekick.

DIAL H FOR HERO #3 Page 4.
DIAL H FOR HERO #3 Page 4. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Groovy Imagery

Take my word for it, the visuals in DIAL H FOR HERO #3 will make your head spin. Truly, this issue is like falling down the rabbit hole into a fever dream. During the opening scene, those few pages feel like a vintage comic from the 1960s, when H-Dial was originally released. Plus, Lolo Kick You’s character design reminds me of pop art style. That mischievous smirk and rockstar appearance captured Summer’s rebellious personality.

When Bluebird enters the picture, her warped reality is a psychedelic trip. With flying eyeballs and shooting stars, the entire world seems to distort into wacky and weird images. Also, I’m digging the rainbow and tie-dye elements of that scene. Overall, the artwork by Joe Quinones is a visual amusement park that you’ll want season passes to.

Final Thoughts on DIAL H FOR HERO #3

All in all, DIAL H FOR HERO #3 is an outrageously fantastic comic. Summer’s troublesome past really hits you in the gut. I’m happy she’s been fleshed out as a character, more than just a sarcastic sidekick. Never a dull moment, every page is overflowing with humor and excitement. In addition, there are some great mystery elements woven into the plot line. How did Robby Reed become the Operator? Who is Mister Thunderbolt? And will Miguel become addicted to the power of the H Dial, like the others? All these burning questions have me completely hooked on this new series.

Visually, this issue is insane, in the best way possible. Frankly, it’s a pop art explosion. The fight scene between Bluebird and Lolo is extraordinary. Plus, I love the vintage style of some of the throwback panels. With a great story and even great artwork, I guarantee, you will fall head over heels for DIAL H FOR HERO #3.

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